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The Unknown (1927)
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    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

A criminal on the run hides in a circus and seeks to possess the daughter of the ringmaster at any cost.

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A tough New York cop is determined to bring down a crook who has always managed to provide an alibi for the crimes he's been accused of, even though the detective knows he's guilty of committing them.

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Drama | Romance | Thriller
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Director: Victor Sjöström
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    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

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Mockery (1927)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

During the Russian Revolution, a mentally challenged peasant saves then obsesses over a beautiful countess.

Director: Benjamin Christensen
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Director: Tod Browning
Stars: Lon Chaney, Marceline Day, Henry B. Walthall
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    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

A professional clown and a self-indulgent count learn to help each other with their problems, but then become romantic rivals.

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Stars: Lon Chaney, Bernard Siegel, Loretta Young
Mr. Wu (1927)
Certificate: Passed Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

When Mandarin Wu's unmarried daughter becomes pregnant by a young Englishman, he seeks vengeance.

Director: William Nigh
Stars: Lon Chaney, Louise Dresser, Renée Adorée
The Shock (1923)
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A gang of blackmailers sends a cripple to San Francisco to expose a banker they have been blackmailing. However, the cripple meets and falls in love with the banker's daughter.

Director: Lambert Hillyer
Stars: Lon Chaney, Virginia Valli, Jack Mower
The Penalty (1920)
Certificate: Passed Crime | Drama | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

A deformed criminal mastermind plans to loot the city of San Francisco as well as revenge himself on the doctor who mistakenly amputated his legs.

Director: Wallace Worsley
Stars: Charles Clary, Doris Pawn, Jim Mason


Complete credited cast:
Jim (as George Duryea)
Frances Morris ...
Davey (as Wally Albright Jr.)
John MacIntosh ...
Railroad Man


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Release Date:

8 July 1929 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Chicagon pikajuna n:o 2329  »

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$352,000 (estimated)

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(Western Electric Sound System)|

Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
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Lon begin filming on this on March 4th, 1929. See more »


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Tragic Loss For Silent Cinema
9 August 2016 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

It is my ambition to add as many silent film synopsis of films that have a survival status of unknown or presumed lost. I try to do as much research as I can and it is not my intention to deceive anyone, for sometimes the film does exist. I am more than delighted if someone has knowledge of a film listed as lost but survives, as I wish all silent films did survive. I hope the reader enjoys this brief synopsis.

Twenty-nine minutes late into Chicago, engineer Anderson ( Lon Chaney ), nicknamed Grumpy because of his single-minded devotion to timetables and railroad protocol, plows through heavy snowdrifts to make up lost time. His sons have followed into the railroading business, but they are gradually embittered by his apparent callousness. One of them was worked to exhaustion as the fireman of the Chicago run through the snow but gained sympathy from Zella ( Phyllis Haver ), a nightclub singer whose private car Anderson had refused to tow, forcing her to jump into the cab and ride. His stubborn inflexibility eventually alienates his in-laws, causes the death of one of his sons, and provokes a wreck on the train on which the body was being carried by scuffling with his other son over his culpability for the death. Relegated to the railroad machine shop, he is called to service during the crisis of the Mississippi floods, and he ends up, along with his estranged son, at the throttle of a relief train that blasts through the flooded area on track often submerged as much as 4 feet to save the widow of his son and Zella, who are stranded in the flood area.

"Yesterday afternoon's audience seemed to find THUNDER a good picture, even though it did appear now and then that coincidence was playing a larger part in the railroad than the safety signal system...When the picture gets away from railroad procedure, Mr. Chaney seems admirable. But railroad men the country over will view some of the scenes with a jaundiced eye." ---The New York Times

"Lon Chaney does an exceptionally fine characterization, without the aid of any special makeup aside from slightly greyed hair and moustache...William Nigh's direction was very satisfactory; and the story by Byron Morgan is out of the usual run of railroad melodramas and finely developed." ---Motion Picture News

This 1929 drama was produced by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures, starring Lon Chaney, Phyllis Haver, George Duryea and James Murray. It was a silent film, with synchronized music and sound effects. Today, about 5 minutes of footage survives, at Library of Congress, UCLA Film Archives (both have short fragments).

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