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Director  Tod Browning
Producer  Tod Browning
Language  Silent
6.8/10 IMDb

Genre  Crime, Romance
Duration  
Country  United States
Outside the Law (1920 film) movie poster

Writer  Tod Browning, Lucien Hubbard
Release date  December 26, 1920 (1920-12-26)
Genres  Silent film, Crime Fiction, Black-and-white
Cast  Priscilla Dean (Molly Madden), Wheeler Oakman (Dapper Bill Ballard), Lon Chaney (Black Mike Sylva / Ah Wing), Ralph Lewis (Silent Madden), E. Alyn Warren (Chang Lo), Stanley Goethals (That Kid)
Similar movies  Related Tod Browning movies
Tagline  Tricky eyes. Dangerous smile. Exquisitely gowned. Nimble fingers

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Outside the Law is a 1920 American crime film directed by Tod Browning and starring Lon Chaney. Browning would remake the film in 1930 with a pre-Little Caesar Edward G. Robinson in Chaney's role as a gang leader.

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Outside the Law is considered to be one of the first psychologically driven films in the gangster genre. The picture was the second film on which Browning worked with Lon Chaney. The contrasting dual roles Browning wrote for Chaney as a heroic Chinese servant and an evil gangster are considered to have solidified the long-lasting collaboration between the two. Outside the Law is one of only a handful of Browning's films that is not a horror film. The film has been commended for its strong female lead, saying actress "Priscilla Dean in this picture is a film revelation... [she] goes to the fore and remains there..." In contrast to many films of the period, it generally depicts its Chinese characters favorably, most notably by having characters invested in the Confucian teachings of the teacher character, Chang Lo.

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Plot

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Silent Madden, a criminal leader in San Francisco, and his gangster daughter Molly (Priscilla Dean) have forsaken a life of crime after receiving counsel from Chang Lo, a Confucianist philosopher living in Chinatown. A despicable gangster named Black Mike Sylva (Lon Chaney) frames Molly's father for murder, causing Molly to lose faith in abiding the law and prompting her return to a life of crime. Black Mike plots to double-cross Molly as well during a jewelry theft, but Molly gets word from her gangster lover and foils Black Mike's plans. While hiding out from the law, Molly's hard heart is slowly melted by her gangster lover. The film ends with a climactic shootout.

Cast

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  • Priscilla Dean as Molly Madden (Silky Moll)
  • Wheeler Oakman as Dapper Bill Ballard
  • Lon Chaney as Black Mike Sylva / Ah Wing
  • Ralph Lewis as Silent Madden
  • E. Alyn Warren as Chang Lo
  • Stanley Goethals as That Kid
  • Melbourne MacDowell as Morgan Spencer
  • Wilton Taylor as Inspector
  • John George as Humpy (uncredited)
  • Anna May Wong as Chinese Girl (uncredited)

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