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