The Shock (1923 film)
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|Directed by||Lambert Hillyer|
|Produced by||Universal Pictures|
|Written by||William Dudley Pelley (story)
Arthur Statter (?scenario)
Charles Kenyon (?scenario)
|Distributed by||Universal Pictures|
|7 reels (6,738 ft)|
|Language||Silent (English intertitles)|
The Shock is a 1923 American silent drama film directed by Lambert Hillyer and starring Lon Chaney as a cripple named Wilse Dilling. The film was based on a story by William Dudley Pelley. This is one of the rare Lon Chaney films where he gets the girl.
Wilse Dilling, a crippled brute living in the savage streets of Chinatown, receives a coded message to go to the home of his boss, Ann Cardington, known as Queen Ann, a powerful crime boss feared in the underworld. When Wilse meets with her, she sends him to the town of Fallbrook, where he is to await her instructions in dealing with a former lover of hers, a banker named Micha Hadley, who had betrayed her. Being practically wheelchair-bound has not stopped Dilling from committing a lengthy series of crimes, but to his surprise, he finds that the small town atmosphere makes him feel differently about everything. He finds a good friend in Hadley's daughter Gertrude, whom Wilse not only falls in love with but she helps him believe that he can make a fresh start. But Wilse's new-found contentment is soon shattered by a series of new developments which includes trying to stop Queen Ann's plot towards Hadley and Gertrude being killed.
- Lon Chaney as Wilse Dilling
- Virginia Valli as Gertrude Hadley
- Jack Mower as Jack Cooper
- William Welsh as Micha Hadley
- Henry A. Barrows as John Cooper, Sr.
- Christine Mayo as Ann Cardington, AKA "Queen Anne"
- Harry De Vere as Olaf Wismer
- John Beck as Bill
- Walter Long as The Captain
- Bob Kortman as Henchman
The working title of the film was Bittersweet.
- Progressive Silent Film List: The Shock at silentera.com
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