Outside the Law

Outside the Law

Lon Chaney
Director: Tod Browning Cast: Lon Chaney
Lon Chaney
, Priscilla Dean
Priscilla Dean
, Stanley Goethals
Stanley Goethals
Tod Browning

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One of the earliest of the "psychological" crime yarns, Outside the Law stars Priscilla Dean as "Silk Moll" Madden, daughter of ex-crook "Silent" Madden (Ralph Lewis). Moll has tried to remain honest, like her reformed father. But when Silent Madden is framed for a shooting and sent to jail, Moll assumes he's guilty and reverts to a life of crime. She falls in with jewel thief "Black Mike" Sylva (Lon Chaney Sr.), who, unbeknownst to her, is responsible for railroading her father. When she learns the truth about Black Mike, Moll and another disillusioned crook, "Dapper Bill" Ballard (Wheeler Oakman), skip with a cache of stolen jewels and hide out somewhere in San Francisco. The climax is a tricky bit of camera legerdemain, wherein Black Mike is killed by a Chinese cohort-also played by Lon Chaney Sr. Co-written by director Tod Browning and Lucien Hubbard, Outside the Law was remade as a talkie in 1930, again directed by Browning and starring Edward G. Robinson in the Chaney role.

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Product Details

Release Date: 10/20/2020
UPC: 0738329251383
Original Release: 1920
Rating: NR
Source: Kino Classics
Region Code: 1
Presentation: [B&W]
Sound: [silent, Dolby Digital Stereo]
Time: 1:16:00
Sales rank: 41,516

Special Features

Audio Commentary by film historian Anthony Slide; Musical score by Anton Sanko; Alternate Ending; Footage comparison

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Lon Chaney "Black Mike" Sylva,Ah Wing
Priscilla Dean Molly Madden/Silky Moll
Stanley Goethals "That Kid"
Ralph Lewis "Silent" Madden
Melbourne MacDowell Morgan Spencer
Wheeler Oakman "Dapper Bill" Ballard
Wilton Taylor Inspector
E. Alyn Warren Chang Lo

Technical Credits
Tod Browning Director,Producer,Screenwriter
William Fildew Cinematographer
Lucien Hubbard Screenwriter
E.E. Sheeley Production Designer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Outside the Law
1. Chapter 1 [10:04]
2. Chapter 2 [:01]
1. Chapter 1 [8:58]
2. Chapter 2 [:01]
255. Chapters
1. Chapter 1 [12:41]
2. Chapter 2 [7:33]
3. Chapter 3 [7:16]
4. Chapter 4 [10:13]
5. Chapter 5 [11:40]
6. Chapter 6 [6:41]
7. Chapter 7 [10:04]
8. Chapter 8 [9:53]

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