The Penalty

The Penalty ★★★½

Only borderline horror but completely enjoyable. Chaney’s performance was impressively physical and compelling, and I kinda bought into his ability to dominate through force of will. Credit also to Ethel Terry and Claire Adams there. 

The scenes of San Francisco were fascinating, just on a historic level. So were the attitudes: the Red Scare and fear of others isn’t anything new, huh? At one point the cop literally accuses Chaney of organizing foreign workers, although to be fair he was organizing them to do crime in the vulnerable suburbs.

Hooptober 9
Progress: 14/31
Prompt: watch a Lon Chaney film; watch a film from 8 decades (1920s)

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