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The Unknown (1927)

The Unknown
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Lon Chaney

Lon Chaney

Alonzo
Norman Kerry

Norman Kerry

Malabar
Nick De Ruiz

Nick De Ruiz

Zanzi
Frank Lanning

Frank Lanning

Costra
Louise Emmons

Louise Emmons

Gypsy Woman
Italia Frandi

Italia Frandi

Girl in Audience Flirting with Malabar


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Tod Browning

Tod Browning

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Waldemar Young

Waldemar Young

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A criminal on the run hides in a circus and seeks to possess the daughter of the ringmaster at any cost.
Release date: 4 June 1927
Silent (7), 1927 (7), Horror (7), Drama (6), 1920s (6), Romance (4), Thriller (4), Usa (3), Based On Novel (3), Surgery (2), Revenge (2), Classic (2), Circus (2), Joan Crawford (1), Circus Train (1), Silent Film (1), Norman Kerry (1), Muscleman (1), Circus Performer (1), Mgm (1)
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" Well, this is one bizzare and unsettling story. Lon Chaney plays armless knife thrower who is desperately in love with the circus owner's daughter. The two seems to be the perfect match, since she is, lucky for him, having enormous phobia of man's hands and touches. However, opportunity is about to be changed because of Chaney's character secret and the presence of circus' strongman, with whom he shares love interest. Chaney's character is both terrifying and tragic. I also find his performanc"


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""You are a riddle, Nanon. You shrink from me... yet you kiss my flowers when I am gone." Beyond all of Lon Chaney's more famous makeup roles like The Hunchback of Notre Dame and The Phantom of the Opera, this is my favorite of not only his roles, but also silent horror films as a whole. Chaney was really great at portraying sympathetic victims of deformity or human monsters that often became that way as a result of it; Here, Chaney seems to blend the two as his character of Alonzo the armless "


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