The Shock is a 1923 silent crime drama directed by Lambert Hiliyer. In the film, Wilse Dilling (Lon Chaney) is a wheelchair bound career criminal who works for a ruthless crime boss, Queen Ann (Christine Mayo), in Chinatown. Wilse is summoned by his boss and given a mission to travel to Fallbrook, keep an eye on the banker (William Welsh) and await instructions. Queen Ann is using Wilse as a pawn in her game of crime and revenge. While in Fallbrook, Wilse meets Gertrude (Virginia Valli), the bankers daughter, and begins to fall for her. Despite his crippled body and less than personable personality, Gertrude insists Wilse is a good person and that he should at least try to turn his life around. Soon Queen Ann's intentions for the banker become clear and Wilse is called upon to carry out her devious plan. Can Wilse complete his mission for Queen Ann or did Gertrude change the criminals way of life?