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Director:
Writers:
Tod Browning (story)
Waldemar Young (scenario)
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Release Date:
4 June 1927 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
A superb mystery thriller, unusual and startling even for a Chaney film. Lon as "The Unknown" eats, drinks, shoots a rifle and dresses with his feet. Don't miss this startling spectacle. (Print Ad- The Cobbleskill Index,((Cobbleskill, NY)) 13 October 1927)
Plot:
A criminal on the run hides in a circus and seeks to possess the daughter of the ringmaster at any cost. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Awards:
1 win & 2 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Another Browning Masterpiece See more (102 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Lon Chaney ... Alonzo

Norman Kerry ... Malabar

Joan Crawford ... Nanon
Nick De Ruiz ... Zanzi

John George ... Cojo

Frank Lanning ... Costra
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Louise Emmons ... Gypsy Woman (uncredited)
Italia Frandi ... Girl in Audience Flirting with Malabar (uncredited)
Venezia Frandi ... (unconfirmed) (uncredited)

Julian Rivero ... Man in Audience (uncredited)
Billy Seay ... The Little Wolf (uncredited)

John St. Polis ... Surgeon (uncredited)

Directed by
Tod Browning 
 
Writing credits
Tod Browning (story)

Waldemar Young (scenario)

Joseph Farnham (titles) (as Joe Farnham)

Mary Roberts Rinehart  novel "K" (uncredited)

Cinematography by
Merritt B. Gerstad (photography) (as M. Gerstad)
 
Film Editing by
Harry Reynolds (film editor)
Errol Taggart (film editor)
 
Art Department
Richard Day .... settings
Cedric Gibbons .... settings
 
Stunts
Paul Desmuke .... stunt double (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Clarence Sinclair Bull .... still photographer (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Lucia Coulter .... wardrobe
 
Music Department
Jack Feinberg .... set musician (uncredited)
Sam Feinberg .... set musician (uncredited)
 
Crew believed to be complete


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Runtime:
63 min (23 fps) | UK:49 min (BFI print) | USA:49 min (alternate version)
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Certification:
Australia:PG | UK:A (original rating) | UK:PG (video) | USA:Unrated | USA:Not Rated (DVD rating) | USA:TV-G (TV rating)

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Trivia:
For many years this film only existed in murky 9.5mm dupes on the black market. In March 1973, at a screening of this film at George Eastman House, archivist James Card said that Henri Langlois and his staff at the Cinematheque Francais discovered a copy of it in 1968 among other miscellaneous cans of film marked "l'inconnu" (films "unknown" due to missing titles, etc.).See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: When we first meet Alonzo and he is throwing knives with his feet, the shot shows the girl against the board and there are no knives. It cuts to Alonzo throwing and when it goes back to the girl to see the impact there are knives in a silhouette around her.See more »
Quotes:
Nanon Zanzi:You are right, Alonzo... brute strength does not mean everything to all women. Alonzo, all my life men have tried to put their beastly hands on me... to paw over me. I have grown so that I shrink with fear when any man even touches me.See more »
Movie Connections:
Featured in Tod Browning and Lon Chaney (2000) (TV)See more »

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14 out of 16 people found the following review useful.
Another Browning Masterpiece, 22 July 2001
Author: wbhickok (wbhickok@hotmail.com) from San Diego

This is a truly spellbinding movie, one of the more bizarre you are likely to see. With Lon Chaney hiding from the law pretending to be an armless circus performer. Joan Crawford is stunningly beautiful as Nanon, the girl he loves. A well done serpentine story that tells more in under an hour than most films made today can tell in two hours. Chaney is the best film actor of all time, he really was the man of a thousand faces. It is a shame that some Browning/Chaney films have been lost forever, but this is one that should be watched by all, it is fantastic.

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