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The Unholy Three (1930)

Passed | | Crime, Drama, Romance | 12 July 1930 (USA)
"Talkie" remake of Tod Browning's 1925 silent film. A trio of former sideshow performers double as the "Unholy Three" in a scam to nab some shiny rocks.

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Jack Conway

Writers:

Clarence Aaron 'Tod' Robbins (from the book by) (as Clarence Aaron Robbins), J.C. Nugent (continuity and dialogue) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Lon Chaney ... Echo
Lila Lee ... Rosie
Elliott Nugent ... Hector
Harry Earles ... Midget
John Miljan ... Prosecuting Attorney
Ivan Linow ... Hercules
Clarence Burton Clarence Burton ... Regan
Crauford Kent ... Defense Attorney
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Storyline

Professor Echo is a sideshow ventriloquist who recruits two sociopathic co-workers, Midge and Hercules, the show's midget and strong man respectively, into a burglary ring. Echo disguises himself as the elderly Mrs. O'Grady, the owner of a pet store, who sells talking parrots and mynah birds to a high-class clientèle with Hercules posing as his son-in-law married to Echo's pickpocket girlfriend Rosie and Midge passing as their infant son. Echo's ventriloquist skills initially convince the customers that their parrot can talk, but they're disappointed when they bring the mute bird home. A phone call of complaint brings Grandma O'Grady and her daughter's "baby" to the client's house to facilitate the bird's talking, an opportunity to case the house for a subsequent robbery by "The Unholy Three." Written by duke1029@aol.com

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Lon Chaney Talks See more »

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Romance

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 July 1930 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A szentségtelen hármas See more »

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Production Co:

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
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Trivia

Final film of Lon Chaney. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Sideshow Barker: This is just a little sample of what you will see on the inside. The beginning of the religious dance of the muscleman. This is the dance that broke the sultan's thermometer! Just a moment there, the big sensations for the inside. Remember I said, the big sensation on the inside. The admission is a dime, ten cents or ten part of a dollar.
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Referenced in The Devil's Rejects (2005) See more »

Soundtracks

A Hot Time in the Old Town
(1896) (uncredited)
Music by Theo. A. Metz
Played while Hercules is bending the horseshoe
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Excellent Swan Song for Chaney
22 August 2005 | by MisterMickeySee all my reviews

Every great performer deserves a wonderful finish to their careers, and Lon Chaney got one with this remake of his 1925 classic. As a matter of fact, he topped the original, due to the fact that with sound, he was able to show his vocal versatility in addition to being The Man of a Thousand Faces. For each character he portrayed, he had differing voices, something he was (of course) unable to do in the silent era.

People have wondered what he could have done with Dracula, although it's been proved there was never any such proof Chaney was sought for the part. (Chaney was under contract to MGM, Dracula was made by Universal, and MGM wasn't about to loan out one of their top stars.) Still, MGM had some great films lined up for him, and more's the pity they never got made. No one's replaced him, nor will they.


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