Outside the Law (Universal, 1920). Title Lobby Card (11" X 14").
    Lon Chaney was one of the biggest stars of the silent era, and some of his most bizarre and compelling pictures - including The Unholy Three (1925), The Unknown (1927), and West of Zanzibar (1928) - were made in collaboration with director Tod Browning. This film was their second teaming, following The Wicked Darling in 1919. In this Universal Jewel production, Chaney plays two roles: Black Mike Sylva, a steely-eyed jewel thief, and Ah Wing, a Chinese shopkeeper's assistant, a role that brilliantly presages his incredible portrayal of Yen Sin, the humble Asian laundryman, in Shadows (1922). Astoundingly, Chaney actually kills himself in this picture, as Ah Wing becomes the instrument of Black Mike's demise! Although Chaney was still several years away from the superstardom he would gain with The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1923), his talent for creating vivid, memorable characters is on full display in this classic picture. The title card offered here is in superb condition, with only a light smudge in the top right keeping it from an even higher grade. For the Chaney fan, it doesn't get much better than this, and you don't have to go outside the law to get it! Near Mint.

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