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Lon Chaney (right).
Photograph: courtesy Kino Lorber.
 
The Penalty
(1920) American
B&W : Seven reels
Directed by Wallace Worsley

Cast: Lon Chaney [‘Blizzard’], Ethel Grey Terry [Rose], Charles Clary [Doctor Ferris], Claire Adams [Barbara Ferris], Kenneth Harlan [Doctor Wilmot Allen], Milton Ross [Mr. Lichtenstein, of the Federal Secret Service], James Mason [Frisco Pete], Doris Pawn [Barbary Nell]; Edouard Trebaol [Bubbles], Wilson Hummel, J. Montgomery Carlyle, Lee Phelps [a policeman], Cesare Gravina [the old artist in Barbara’s studio], [?] ? [O’Hagan]

Eminent Authors Pictures, Incorporated, and Goldwyn Pictures Corporation production; distributed by Goldwyn Distributing Corporation. / Scenario by Charles Kenyon, from the novel The Penalty by Gouverneur Morris. Art direction by Gilbert White. Photographed (cinematography) by Donovan D. Short (Don Short). Edited by J.G. Hawks with Frank E. Hull. Presented by Samuel Goldwyn and Rex Beach. / © 24 July 1920 by Gouverneur Morris [LP15383]. Released August 1920. / Standard 35mm spherical 1.37:1 format. / Philip Lonergan had worked on a rejected scenario adaption of the novel for this project. In the film’s credits, Goldwyn Pictures is the only production company given credit. The film was rereleased in the USA in 1926.

Drama: Crime.

Synopsis: Synopsis available in AFI-F1 n. F1.3411.

Survival status: Print exists in the International Museum of Photography and Film at George Eastman House film archive [35mm positive].

Current rights holder: Public domain.

Keywords: Amputees - Crime: Murder - Criminals: Gangs, Gangsters - Crutches - Death: Murder - Law: Enforcement: Police: Detectives, Policemen - Lies - Medical: Doctors - Musical instruments: Pianos - Reformation - Revenge - Sweatshops - Tobacco: Cigarettes, Cigars - Weapons: Guns

Listing updated: 21 August 2011.

References: Film credits, film viewing : AFI-F1 n. F1.3411; Dowd-Vidor p. 58; Edmonds-BigU pp. 109, 121-122; Everson-American p. 221; Everson-Detective p. 32; Fell-History p. 86; Lahue-Gentlemen pp. 48, 51; Limbacher-Feature p. 187; Parish-Gangster pp. 306-307; Spehr-American p. 100; Weaver-Twenty pp. 27, 76 : Website-GEH; Website-NFPF.

Home video: Blu-ray Disc, DVD.

 
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