The Unholy Three

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A remake of the 1925 Lon Chaney melodrama of the same name, 1930's The Unholy Three makes several concessions to the newly strengthened Hollywood censors, but is still quite entertaining in a macabre sort of way. Chaney reprises his role as Professor Echo, a sideshow ventriloquist who moonlights as a master criminal. Convincingly disguised as a little old lady, Echo stage-manages a series of Park Avenue robberies -- with two of his carnival cohorts, malevolent midget Tweedledee (Harry Earles) and moronic strongman Hercules (Ivan Linow), doing most of the dirty work. Echo's sweetheart Rosie (Lila Lee) plays along with the Unholy Three but changes her mind when their latest burglary, which ended in murder, threatens to send the wholly innocent Hector (Elliot Nugent) to the electric chair. His resolve weakened by Rosie's pleas, Echo contrives to clear Hector in court through a clever vocal trick -- while his two confederates, in true "thieves fall out" fashion, bring about their own gruesome deaths. The Unholy Three creaks a bit at times, and the unintelligibility of Harry Earles often obscures important plot points, but the film is indispensable as the only talkie appearance of Lon Chaney, "The Man of a Thousand Faces," who died only two months after its release.

Cast

Lon Chaney
as Prof. Echo
Lila Lee
as Rosie O'Grady
Elliott Nugent
as Hector McDonald
John Miljan
as Prosecuting Attorney
Ivan Linow
as Hercules
Crauford Kent
as Defense Attorney
Fred Kelsey
as Cop at Train
Ray Cooke
as Sailor at Sideshow
Trixie Friganza
as Lady Customer
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  • Dec 10, 2010
    This isn't really that noteworthy of a film except for the fact that it's a remake of Tod Browning's original and Lon Chaney is in it. Other than that it's pretty forgettable.
    Tim S Super Reviewer
  • Jul 25, 2009
    'talkie' remake of tod browning's silent complete with lon chaney in old lady drag, midget 'baby' and guy in a gorilla suit. still holding out for the original but it was fun
    Stella D Super Reviewer

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