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The Unknown (1927)

The Unknown
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Starring (View all)
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

(story)
Waldemar Young

Waldemar Young

(scenario)


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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), Horror (7), 1927 (7), 1920s (6), Drama (6), Thriller (4), Romance (4), Based On Novel (3), Usa (3), Surgery (2), Circus (2), Revenge (2), Classic (2), Bw (1), Based On Book (1), Muscleman (1), Knife Throwing (1), Fear Of Loving (1), Murderer (1), Circus Performer (1)
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"15.7. Lon Chaney esittää itselleen tyypillistä hahmoa jälleen kerran aivan erinomaisesti ja 50 minuuttia menee kivasti. Suuria tunteita ja epätoivoisia tekoja on paljon."


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"Tod Browning's 'The Unknown' is less well known that his subsequent landmark Horror films 'Dracula' and Freaks' but it is at once more lurid, disturbing and utterly brilliant than both. The story of a fugitive murderer posing as an armless knife thrower in a circus, 'The Unknown' focuses exclusively on the grisly and unpleasant, tossing in a hefty dose of 'Twilight Zone' style irony for good measure. 'The Unknown' could easily have descended into camp but instead it manages to be deliciously s"


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" Director: Tod Browning Cast: Lon Chaney, Norman Kerry, Joan Crawford, Nick De Ruiz Story: Alonzo is disguised as an armless knife thrower and gun shooter in a circus. He is actually a burglar with his arms intact. He and his accomplice are hiding from the police, and Alonzo's disguise is perfect since it keeps from view a deformity of his left hand that would give him away as the burglar."


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"Released on: 4 June 1927 Chaney here with less make-up than usual. His makeup work is genius, even more so because he did it himself, but it's nice to see his real face."


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"Chaneyn vereslihalla tulkitsema muotopuoli on kyllä erittäin vaikuttava luomus, samoin Crawford nuoruuden hehkussaan. Perinteisen toimivaa sekä riipaisevaa kolmiodraamaa lähes puhtaimmillaan."