World Library  
Flag as Inappropriate
Email this Article

The Shock (1923 film)

Article Id: WHEBN0002718249
Reproduction Date:

Title: The Shock (1923 film)  
Author: World Heritage Encyclopedia
Language: English
Subject: Lambert Hillyer, Henry A. Barrows, William Dudley Pelley, William Welsh (actor), Shock
Publisher: World Heritage Encyclopedia

The Shock (1923 film)

The Shock
Ad for the film using its working title
Directed by Lambert Hillyer
Produced by Universal Pictures
Written by William Dudley Pelley (story)
Arthur Statter (?scenario)
Charles Kenyon (?scenario)
Starring Lon Chaney
Cinematography Dwight Warren
Distributed by Universal Pictures
Release dates
  • June 10, 1923 (1923-06-10)
Running time
7 reels (6,738 ft)
Country United States
Language Silent (English intertitles)

The Shock is a 1923 American silent drama film directed by Lambert Hillyer and starring Lon Chaney 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.


  • Plot 1
  • Cast 2
  • Production 3
  • Preservation status 4
  • References 5
  • External links 6


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.[1]

Preservation status

A print of the film is maintained in the Film Preservation Associates, Incorporated archive.[1]


  1. ^ a b The ShockProgressive Silent Film List: at

External links

This article was sourced from Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License; additional terms may apply. World Heritage Encyclopedia content is assembled from numerous content providers, Open Access Publishing, and in compliance with The Fair Access to Science and Technology Research Act (FASTR), Wikimedia Foundation, Inc., Public Library of Science, The Encyclopedia of Life, Open Book Publishers (OBP), PubMed, U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Center for Biotechnology Information, U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health (NIH), U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, and, which sources content from all federal, state, local, tribal, and territorial government publication portals (.gov, .mil, .edu). Funding for and content contributors is made possible from the U.S. Congress, E-Government Act of 2002.
Crowd sourced content that is contributed to World Heritage Encyclopedia is peer reviewed and edited by our editorial staff to ensure quality scholarly research articles.
By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. World Heritage Encyclopedia™ is a registered trademark of the World Public Library Association, a non-profit organization.

Copyright © World Library Foundation. All rights reserved. eBooks from Project Gutenberg are sponsored by the World Library Foundation,
a 501c(4) Member's Support Non-Profit Organization, and is NOT affiliated with any governmental agency or department.