in about 100 words or less
US 73m, B&W, Silent
Director: Irving Cummings; Cast: Lon Chaney, Edith Roberts, Noah Beery, Sr., DeWitt Jennings, Ralph Lewis, Jack Mulhall
David Webster has recently escaped from prison after serving 15 years for a crime he did not commit. Seeking refuge in San Francisco’s Chinatown, he plots his revenge and a way to clear his name. Employing little make-up, Chaney’s character hides from the law in plain sight, this time disguised as a disabled man. However, learning that his daughter has fallen in love with the son of the man who was responsible for his incarceration, he must change his plans. As a melodrama, Flesh and Blood is somewhat predictable and slow-going but is still worth a look for Chaney’s expressive performance (Klaus Ming April 2017).