~The Shock~
1923
~Plot Synopsis~
This tale of a crook's reform takes place in the San Francisco of the early 1900s. Predictably, Lon Chaney
plays a crook and a misshapen cripple (the type of role almost expected of him at this point in his career).
Anne Vincent, better known as "Queen Anne" (Christine Mayo), sends Wilse Dilling (Chaney) to a small
town to keep an eye on Mischa Hadley (William Welsh), an embezzling banker who is her lover. Dilling
falls in love with Hadley's daughter, Gertrude (Virginia Valli), and blows up the bank's safe to destroy
incriminating records. The blast, however, leaves Gertrude a cripple, and Dilling uses his savings to
restore her to health. Queen Anne, whose greed knows no end, has told Hadley that he will either give
her more money or give her his daughter. Ultimately, she has Gertrude kidnapped and taken to a Chinese
den. Dilling rescues her and she helps in his regeneration. The 1906 San Francisco earthquake shakes
everything up, and Dilling's reform is complete.

Plot Synopsis by Janiss Garza, AllMovie.com
Directed by: Lambert Hillyer

Written by: Charles Kenyon

Based on the story "Pit of the Golden Dragon," by William Dudley Pelley
~Cast~

Lon Chaney ...  Wilse Dilling
Virginia Valli ...  Gertrude Hadley
Jack Mower ...  Jack Cooper
William Welsh ...  Mischa Hadley
Henry A. Barrows ...  John Cooper, Sr. (as Henry Barrows)
Christine Mayo ...  Ann Cardington
Harry De Vere ...  Olaf Wismer (as Harry Devere)
John Beck ...  Bill
Walter Long ...  The Captain
Bob Kortman ...  Henchman (uncredited)
Togo Yamamoto ...  Messenger at Restaurant (uncredited)
~Remaining Credits~

Produced & Released by: Universal Pictures

Producer: Carl Laemmle
Cinematography by: Dwight Warren
Assistant Director: William J. Rau

Length: 7 Reels
Runtime: 96 Minutes
Released: June 10, 1923

Filmed at:
Universal Studios - 100 Universal City Plaza, Universal City, California, USA