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The Unholy Three ()


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"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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Echo
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Rosie
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Hector
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Midget
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Prosecuting Attorney
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Hercules
Clarence Burton ...
Regan
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Defense Attorney
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jack Baxley ...
Outside Sideshow Barker (uncredited)
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Arlington's Butler (uncredited)
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Sideshow Barker (uncredited)
Ray Cooke ...
Sailor at Sideshow (uncredited)
De Garo ...
Fire Eater (uncredited)
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Woman Buying Parrot (uncredited)
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Lady Customer (uncredited)
Charles Gemora ...
Gorilla (uncredited)
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The Judge (uncredited)
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Jeweler (uncredited)
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Detective at Train (uncredited)
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First Siamese Twin (uncredited)
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Second Siamese Twin (uncredited)
Sylvester ...
Sword Swallower (uncredited)
Birdie Thompson ...
Ida From Idaho - Fat Lady (uncredited)

Directed by

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Jack Conway

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Clarence Aaron 'Tod' Robbins ... (from the book by) (as Clarence Aaron Robbins)
 
J.C. Nugent ... (continuity and dialogue) and
Elliott Nugent ... (continuity and dialogue)

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Irving Thalberg ... producer (uncredited)

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William Axt ... (uncredited)

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Percy Hilburn ... (photographed by)

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Frank Sullivan ... film editor

Art Direction by

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Cedric Gibbons

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Lon Chaney ... makeup artist (uncredited)

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Jack Mintz ... assistant director (uncredited)

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Douglas Shearer ... recording director
Anstruther MacDonald ... sound recording engineer (uncredited)

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George Hurrell Sr. ... still photographer (uncredited)

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David Cox ... wardrobe
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Plot Summary

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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Also Known As
  • Le club des trois (France)
  • El trío fantástico (Spain)
  • Professor Ekko (Denmark)
  • Az ordög cimborája (Hungary)
  • Trindade Maldita (Brazil)
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  • 72 min
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Trivia Lon Chaney's only sound film. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in Lon Chaney: A Thousand Faces (2000). See more »
Soundtracks Introduction to Salammbô See more »
Quotes Rosie O'Grady: [Both are laughing] Why, I... I don't know whether to laugh or cry.
[She laughs again and so does he]
Professor Echo, aka Mrs. 'Grandma' O'Grady: Well, why - why not do a little of both? You know the old gag. That's all there is to life. A little laughter... a little tear.
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