The Big City Trailer (extra on The Penalty DVD (Kino Video, 2001)). [Category: Commercial]

Short silent trailer from the 20s for the Lon Chaney film The Big City. This has no clips from the movie, but it does have really stunning modernistic animation and graphic design, a little bit like the title cards for The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari. This unusual design gives the trailer lots of historical value, as well as being a pleasure to watch.

Ratings: Camp/Humor Value: *. Weirdness: ****. Historical Interest: ****. Overall Rating: ****.

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