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West of Zanzibar (1928)

A magician seeks vengeance upon the man who paralyzed him and the illegitimate daughter he sired with the magician's wife.

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Storyline

Magician Phroso's wife Anna leaves him for another man, named Crane, who fights with Phroso and leaves him paralyzed. Later Anna returns and he finds her dead, leaving behind a daughter. For 18 years Phroso, known as "Dead Legs" by his cronies, plots his revenge, becoming a pseudo-king in East Africa, nearby where Crane has set up an ivory business. When the daughter is grown, having lived in a brothel in Zanzibar thanks to "Dead Legs", Phroso put his plan into action, resulting in revenge and retribution all around. Written by Ron Kerrigan <mvg@whidbey.com>

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A story of love and revenge in the African jungles! See more »

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Drama | Mystery

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TV-G | See all certifications »
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24 November 1928 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Das Gesetz des Kongo  »

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Budget:

$259,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$921,000 (USA)
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(MovieTone) (musical score and sound effects)|

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1.20 : 1
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Trivia

Mary Nolan was cast for her " tragic eyes". See more »

Goofs

In the notes in the MGM laser disc released in 1993, the character "Dead Legs" is erroneously referred to as "Daddy Legs". See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Phroso 'Dead-Legs': Ashes to ashes! Dust to dust!
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Edited into Kongo (1932) See more »

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Chaney, Chaney, Chaney: the master
11 October 2001 | by (Miami, FL) – See all my reviews

This movie is totally Lon Chaney - now almost forgotten - but an acting talent for the ages. Thousands of actors then and now pale to the breadth of his gargantuan talent. I tremble and shake before the gifts he has bestowed to posterity.

His utter concentration literally consumed me as I held my breath before the fabulous spectrum of his delivery.

In West of Zanzibar, this still-reigning and consummate master of make-up shows us just how high he could jump.

Catch him if you can...I dare you.


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