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Think Inside the Penalty Box
It was the amputated legs made more grotesque by encasing the stumps in leather bucket-like holsters that got me! Blizzard' surgical reform did nothing for his karma- he reaped what he had sown!
Thank you TCM for showing this unusual movie. Not for a moment did I believe Blizzard as a double amputee. Chaney looks as though his legs were strapped behind him, they were. That, of course made no difference to this viewer, as Chaney again proves what a masterful artist and top notch actor he was. His face is amazing, shifting from devil-like crime czar to compassionate piano player. I felt the need to keep reminding myself that this was a Hollywood movie and that I had not nodded-off into a horrible nightmare. Mr. Chaney dominates this move much the same way Blizzard dominates the Underworld of San Francisco. It's as if Chaney is daring the viewer to turn away in fear, lest the fear of a Blizzard-like reprisal, as with was the fate of the defiant Barbary Nell. A fantastic plot set in dystopian San Francisco, for I, as a viewer, must accept as reality, as with many Chaney films, you must completely surrender your senses to his character (at least visually, the score I heard last night on Turner, may be thought by some a moustache on Mona Lisa). Also, as a previous User-Rater states, the seemingly hastily prepared synopsis needs to be amended. The musical score heard last night is not for all tastes, purists will hate it, although I personally appreciated the quick tempo of the music, if not the New Age feel that this old fogey of 39 would loathe. The movie moves along at a rapid speed and the score manages keeps pace. I'm rambling; I'll close my rating/review/comment with a plea to the programmers at TCM. I humbly request that you schedule Silent Sunday to Sundays, possibly (If only) to prime-time, rather than early Monday morning.
Love the movie but not the score
- George Urlich
I wish they would create a decent music score for this film. The one they have now ruins the movie for me.
Chaney is marvelous and innovative in this film. Also, I believe that this is one of the most progressive movie scores of any time period. Of course, the score genuinely increases the drama and suspense of this movie making it much more frightening. This is a worthwhile film even for those who are not silent film fans.
- Mark Sutch
Corrections for the summary on "The Penalty"
- William Pritchard
Barbara was Dr Ferris' daughter and did not fall in love with Blizzard. He did use threats of marrying Barbara to get the Dr to agree to operate on him. Rose was an undercover agent sent to spy on Blizzard and did fall in love with and marry him in the end.