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The Unholy Three (1925)

Passed | | Crime, Drama, Romance | 16 August 1925 (USA)
A sideshow ventriloquist, midget, and strongman form a conspiracy known as "The Unholy Three" and commit a series of robberies.

Director:

Tod Browning

Writers:

Clarence Aaron 'Tod' Robbins (story) (as Tod Robbins), Waldemar Young (scenario)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Lon Chaney ... Echo - The Ventriloquist
Mae Busch ... Rosie O'Grady
Matt Moore ... Hector McDonald
Victor McLaglen ... Hercules
Harry Earles ... Tweedledee
Matthew Betz ... Detective Regan
Edward Connelly ... Judge
William Humphrey ... Attorney for the Defense (as William Humphreys)
E. Alyn Warren ... Prosecuting Attorney (as A.E. Warren)
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Storyline

Three sideshow performers leave their lives of captivity and become "The Unholy Three." Echo the ventriloquist assumes the role of a kindly old grandmother who runs a bird shop. Tweedledee, the "twenty inch man," becomes her grandbaby, and Hercules is their assistant. Soon an incredible crime wave is launched from their little store. Written by David Ezell <dezell@cody.gac.peachnet.edu>

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Genres:

Crime | Drama | Romance

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 August 1925 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Trindade Maldita See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$103,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$704,000
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(DVD)

Sound Mix:

Silent

Color:

Black and White | Color (tinted)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

In the original novel by Tod Robbins, Tweedledee is the mastermind of the Unholy Three instead of Echo. See more »

Goofs

When Hector and Rosie are bringing home the Christmas tree, Matt Moore is wearing his glasses as they enter the store. Once inside, they are gone. Later, as he brings the tree into the living area, they re-appear. See more »

Quotes

Dime Museum Announcer: [as the Dancer does the Shimmy] Now, folks - that's just a sample of the little lady's art! The show on the inside starts immediately! See her do the dance that broke the Sultan's thermometer.
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Connections

Referenced in Man of a Thousand Faces (1957) See more »

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Lon Chaney in one of his best.

Lon Chaney certainly wasn't one for making conventional movies - as his frequent director Tod Browning was the same in his work.

"The Unholy Three" is one such film. The plot and the characters strongly resemble the bizarre and slightly horrific. Retrospectively, I can understand how Lon Chaney lay the blueprint for what would become the first cycle of the horror film genre in Hollywood.

This version is far more effective than the talkie remake. Tod Browning's direction is very good as he sets the tone of the film from the beginning.

As the leader of the gang, Lon Chaney is terrific but he is brilliantly supported by Harry Earles and Victor MacLagen. Harry Earles makes for a chilling psychopath in spite of his short statue.

Any fan of Lon Chaney will enjoy this classic.


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