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    The Penalty (Goldwyn, 1920). Rotogravure One Sheet (28" X 42").
    Lon Chaney's performance in The Penalty is viewed today as one of his very best. This highly elusive rotogravure one sheet 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 was a youth. Director Wallace Worsley, working with Chaney for the first time, would make a total of five features with the actor over the next three years, including The Hunchback of Notre Dame. This was Chaney's first truly gruesome starring 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 ten minute intervals. For a poster its age, this one sheet is well preserved, and only needed touchup to minor pinholes, tears in the borders and some crossfold wear. This is the first time Heritage has offered this very rare poster and we believe it will be well sought after by serious collectors. With many of Goldwyn's and later MGM's silent era releases they would distribute a stone litho style and the Rotogravure style. The Watercolor Company of New York were the printers. Very Fine- on Linen.


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