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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.

Director:

Tod Browning

Writers:

Elliott J. Clawson (as Elliott Clawson), Chester De Vonde (play) (as Chester Devonde) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Lon Chaney ... Phroso
Lionel Barrymore ... Crane
Mary Nolan ... Maizie
Warner Baxter ... Doc
Jacqueline Gadsdon ... Anna
Tiny Ward Tiny Ward ... Tiny (as Roscoe Ward)
Kalla Pasha Kalla Pasha ... Babe
Curtis Nero Curtis Nero ... Bumbu
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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 »

Genres:

Drama | Mystery

Certificate:

TV-G | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 November 1928 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Das Gesetz des Kongo See more »

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Budget:

$259,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (New York opening) (premiere)

Sound Mix:

Mono (MovieTone) (musical score and sound effects)| Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
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Trivia

Although never shot, the film's original ending has Maizie stabbing Phroso to death while he sleeps in his hut. See more »

Goofs

When the natives are crossing the river with the ivory tusks and Phroso appears as the evil spirit, they drop the tusks and run. The tusks float on the water. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Phroso 'Dead-Legs': Ashes to ashes! Dust to dust!
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Alternate Versions

MGM also released this move without any soundtrack. See more »

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

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Haunting, if slightly underwhelming Chaney affair
28 July 2013 | by Weezy-LUiGiSee all my reviews

I feel Lon Chaney was the first extremely great actor to come out of the American film industry. He embodied characters like nobody's business. The fact that he was in this alone got me interested. Overall, the film was worth a watch to see Chaney portray the jaded stage magician turned African warlord. He was just so stone cold throughout the whole thing only to keep the audience guessing what he was actually going to do next. Lionel Barrymore was also a neat addition as the truly heartless villain who hadn't a care in the world, even when his life was at stake. Not as inspired as The Unknown or Phantom of the Opera, but still a worthy addition to the Lon Chaney catalog.


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