The Penalty
The Penalty (1920)

In one of Lon Chaney's most famous roles, he plays a criminal whose legs are accidentally amputated by a doctor in a botched operation. In order to gain the power to revenge himself on the doctor, he lets nothing step in his way to… More

Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: March 8, 2005
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Critic Score: 80% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

Demonstrates the wonder and value of pre-digital moviemmaking: For all intents and purposes, Chaney *is* a legless man in 'The Penalty,' and the film is a documentary record of this impersonation.

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Emily Blunt
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The Penalty is by far one of the greatest unsung achievements of über-legend Lon Chaney

Steve Crum
Video-Reviewmaster.com

Famous scene of Chaney straightening twisted legs is real plus.

Michael W. Phillips, Jr.
Goatdog's Movies

The reason the film still works instead of surviving merely as a somewhat hysterical anti-communist message film is Lon Chaney's performance.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Somewhat interesting for historical reasons and for Chaney's memorable performance.

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AJ Verser
This movie was very predictable, but Cheney does a great job as usual in his strange role of a criminal kingpin without legs. The romantic part of it was good… More