The Penalty (1920)
Silent film with music track
Directed by Wallace Worsley
Cast: Lon Chaney, Claire Adams and Kenneth Harlan
It is still worth stressing that throughout Lon Chaney’s screen career of over 150 films, only a handful of these can be classified as pure horror movies. The others usually cast the star as a profound macabre character in an otherwise routine melodrama. Needless to say that during the pinnacle of his success Chaney’s characterizations became the focal point of his films and were measured by the critics and the public alike solely upon Chaney’s performances. In The Penalty Chaney creates one of his most vile characterizations, but in modern appraisals of his work it counts as one of his most unheralded performances.
Actors: Lon Chaney