The Saturday Public Domain Movie: The Penalty (1920)

"At twelve noon on that day I shall loot the City of San Francisco." - Blizzard
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The Saturday Public Domain Movie returns with The Penalty starring Lon Chaney before his landmark performances in The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1923) and The Phantom of the Opera (1925).

Based on the pulp novel by Gouverneur Morris, Chaney stars as Blizzard, a San Francisco crime boss who vows revenge on the doctor who mistakenly amputated both his legs after a traffic accident when he was a young boy. 

Ethel Grey Terry stars as Rose, a secret service agent who goes undercover to bust up Blizzard's gang but soon finds her alliances shifting.

The Penalty has some odd things to say about the physiology of the brain, which certainly don't hold up today. 

There is no music accompaniment with the video, but don't let that stop you from sitting back and enjoying the film.

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