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    The Penalty (Goldwyn, 1920). One Sheet (27" X 41").
    Lon Chaney's performance in The Penalty is viewed today as one of his very best. This important and incredible stone litho poster features Chaney as the bitter double amputee, "Blizzard," seen here with the beautiful Claire Adams, for whom he is to model as "Satan." Adams is the sculptress daughter of the doctor that wrongly amputated his legs when Blizzard when he was a youth. The poster artist was surely afraid of frightening the gentle movie public of 1920, as the amputated legs of Chaney are bathed in hints of shadow, and he is given a more youthful look than the actual rugged Chaney countenance. Director Wallace Worsley, working with Chaney for the first time, would make a total of five features together over the next three years including The Hunchback of Notre Dame. This was Chaney's first truly starring gruesome role (the small part in Miracle Man aside). The legendary stories of Chaney's make-up genius fill books, and this was one of his best creations. With little more than leather straps and stays, he created a totally believable body harness, wearing an apparatus so painful, Chaney could only film in 10 minute intervals. In amazingly great original condition, there are only small border and background pinholes, and small fold wear with very small tears. This historic piece will be a cornerstone in any collection. Very Fine.


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