The Penalty
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Among Lon Chaney's early villainous roles was Blizzard, the criminal mastermind of this melodrama set in San Francisco's Barbary Coast neighborhood. As a young man, Blizzard was the victim of an auto accident, and a quack doctor had mistakenly ordered his legs amputated at the knees. He grows up an embittered, violent man interested only in taking revenge on the rich and powerful, especially the doctor who maimed him and is still practicing. Rose, a secret service agent (Ethel Grey Terry), is dispatched to infiltrate Blizzard's gang, but she falls under his spell and becomes his… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 80%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"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."
‑ John Beifuss, Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
"The Penalty is by far one of the greatest unsung achievements of über-legend Lon Chaney"
‑ Emily Blunt, Blunt Review
"Famous scene of Chaney straightening twisted legs is real plus."
‑ Steve Crum, Video-Reviewmaster.com
"The reason the film still works instead of surviving merely as a somewhat hysterical anti-communist message film is Lon Chaney's performance."
‑ Michael W. Phillips, Jr., Goatdog's Movies
"Somewhat interesting for historical reasons and for Chaney's memorable performance."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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