In this early collaboration with director Tod Browning (Dracula, Freaks), Chaney delivers a dual performance of dramatic intensity, starring as Ah Wing, a kind-hearted student of Confucian philosophy, and Black Mike Sylva, a murderous rake of the San Francisco underworld. Written by
The Three Cleverest Crooks in the World! (original poster)
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Did You Know?
The reference in the original ads to the film being a "Universal Jewel" didn't have anything to do with the content of the film. It was a designation Universal president Carl Laemmle
put on certain films to signal that these were the most prestigious, highest-budgeted productions of his studio. See more
The name of San Francisco's Nob Hill is misspelled "Knob Hill" in a title. See more
Black Mike Sylva
I knew you'd fall for that cop stuff - you dirty rat!