The Shock (1923 film)

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The Shock
The Shock (1923) - Chaney.jpg
Ad for the film using its working title
Directed by Lambert Hillyer
Produced by Universal Pictures
Written by William Dudley Pelley (story)
Arthur Statter (?scenario)
Charles Kenyon (?scenario)
Starring Lon Chaney
Cinematography Dwight Warren
Distributed by Universal Pictures
Release dates
  • June 10, 1923 (1923-06-10)
Running time
7 reels (6,738 ft)
Country United States
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.



The working title of the film was Bittersweet.[1]

Preservation status[edit]

A print of the film is maintained in the Film Preservation Associates, Incorporated archive.[1]


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