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The Shock


Lon Chaney plays a wheelchair bound master criminal.

The Shock is a 1923 in film film directed by Lambert Hillyer and starring Lon Chaney, Sr. 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.


  • Lon Chaney, Sr. as Wilse Dilling
  • Virginia Valli as Gertrude Hadley
  • Jack Mower as Jack Cooper
  • William Welsh (actor) 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 (B-movie actor) as Bill
  • Walter Long (actor) as The Captain
  • Bob Kortman as Henchman


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.

Preservation status

A print of the film is maintained in an archive.< name="SilentEra"/>

Category:1923 films
Category:Black-and-white films
Category:American films
Category:American silent feature films
Category:Films directed by Lambert Hillyer
Category:Universal Pictures films
Category:1920s horror films

Lambert Hillyer

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