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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
Tags: 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), Circus Train (1), Silent Film (1), Joan Crawford (1), Muscleman (1), Circus Performer (1), Norman Kerry (1), Male Female Relationship (1)
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