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Outside the Law (1920)

Passed | | Crime, Romance, Thriller | 6 January 1921 (USA)
In this early collaboration with director Tod Browning (Dracula, Freaks), Chaney delivers a dual performance of dramatic intensity, starring as Ah Wing, a kind-hearted student of Confucian ... See full summary »

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Tod Browning

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Gardner Bradford (titles), Tod Browning | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Credited cast:
Priscilla Dean ... Molly Madden (Silky Moll)
Wheeler Oakman ... Dapper Bill Ballard
Lon Chaney ... Black Mike Sylva / Ah Wing
Ralph Lewis ... Silent Madden
E. Alyn Warren ... Chang Lo
Stanley Goethals Stanley Goethals ... That Kid
Melbourne MacDowell Melbourne MacDowell ... Morgan Spencer
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Wilton Taylor Wilton Taylor ... Inspector
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Storyline

In this early collaboration with director Tod Browning (Dracula, Freaks), Chaney delivers a dual performance of dramatic intensity, starring as Ah Wing, a kind-hearted student of Confucian philosophy, and Black Mike Sylva, a murderous rake of the San Francisco underworld. Written by Anonymous

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Tricky eyes. Dangerous smile. Exquisitely gowned. Nimble fingers. See more »


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Passed
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 January 1921 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Fora da Lei See more »

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Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

The gang fight at the end of the film took two weeks to shoot. See more »

Goofs

The name of San Francisco's Nob Hill is misspelled "Knob Hill" in a title. See more »

Quotes

Black Mike Sylva: I knew you'd fall for that cop stuff - you dirty rat!
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Connections

Remade as Inside Job (1946) See more »

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Cagney May Never Have Said "You Dirty Rat", But Chaney Does Here!
10 March 2019 | by richardchattenSee all my reviews

Although recalled today as an early Chaney collaboration with Tod Browning - with Chaney playing both a gangster and a Chinaman! - both Chaneys are actually offscreen for much of the film's tedious mid-section as leading lady Priscilla Dean and boyfriend Wheeler Oakman agonise over whether or not to go straight while holed up in their Knob (sic) Hill hideout.

Fortunately "Black Mike" Chaney finally tracks them down and actually calls Oakman "you dirty rat"! (did the line make it into Browning's own remake ten years later in which Chaney's role was played by Edward G. Robinson?) before a remarkably violent climax in which ferocious punches are thrown that draw blood, the aggro heightened by incredibly fast cutting that surpasses Griffith.


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