in about 100 words or less
US 64m, B&W, Silent
Director: Lambert Hillyer; Cast: Lon Chaney, Virginia Valli, Jack Mower, William Welsh, Henry A. Barrows, Christine Mayo
A story of love, betrayal and earthquakes, The Shock is a melodrama about a “crippled” criminal, Wilse Dilling (Chaney), who is sent to keep tabs on a banker who is being blackmailed by the mob. Falling in love with the banker’s daughter, Dilling eventually rebels against his employer – a woman known as “Queen Anne”, who discovers the double cross and kidnaps his beloved Gertrude. In a twist of fate, the 1906 San Francisco earthquake “saves the day” and stands as the film’s unlikely happy ending (Klaus Ming April 2017).