The Unholy Three (1925)
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After viewing this production the figures that have passed upon the screen still cling to one's mind, and one feels like talking about the strange and unusual tale.
Browning's obsession with deformity, sexual aberration, and death yielded many great moments but few wholly satisfying films -- up until his masterpiece of 1932, Freaks.
There is many a pleasing frisson to be had from the weird family circle formed by three carnival refugees.
As the dynamics of the odd trio change, the macabre observations and remarkable visuals are expertly handled, making this a much-under-rated silent.
It is one of Lon Chaney's best movies and biggest hits, about a trio of sideshow "freaks" who become criminals to get revenge on "normal" society.
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Another good turn from Lon Chaney. He plays a side show ventriloquist (in a silent movie!?!?) who, along with Hercules the Strong Man (Victor McLaglen) and Tweedledee the Smallest Man (Harry Earles), call themselves the Unholy Three and are burglars. The remake talkie from 1930 is very similar, and they both have their merits. But the last scene of this silent version pushes it slightly over the other for me. Very moving, and shows how little Chaney had to do to get a point across. This films gets an extra 1/2 star just for that few seconds of film.
tod browning, king of the freaks. better than the remake by jack conway from 1930, which is mostly notable for being lon chaney's only talkie
A fascinating, quirky little film. I'm not real sure that the plot holds up - there are a lot of questions and holes about the very premise and execution of their plan, why it falls apart, and how it ends. However, if you're not worried about a consistent crime drama - this works quite well as a bizarre character tale.
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