Tagline – Blizzard, master of San Francisco’s underworld, legless, deformed–the weirdest character ever presented on the screen–you’ll never forget him.
Starring – Lon Chaney (Blizzard), Charles Clary (Dr. Ferris), Doris Pawn (Barbary Nell).
Released – August, 1920
Directed By – Wallace Worsley
Produced By – Eminent Authors Pictures Incorporated, Goldwyn Pictures Corporation
Distributed By – Goldwyn Distributing Company
Description – An early American crime film that follows a gangster named Blizzard whose legs were mistakenly amputated after an accident. Blizzard becomes a vicious criminal, and eventual mob leader, in the San Francisco underworld.
Watch Blizzard as he plots a twisted revenge against the doctor who amputated his legs.
NOTABLE: The Penalty provided a breakout role for Lon Chaney, and helped to secure his place as one of our greatest character actors.
Against studio wishes, Chaney chose to simulate the leg amputations by having his legs tied back and wearing a very painful apparatus. In his effort for realism, Chaney suffered permanent damage to his leg muscles.