The Unholy Three

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Movie Info

A side-show ventriloquist (Lon Chaney) forms an underground trio with a strongman and a midget.

Cast & Crew

Lon Chaney
Professor Echo, the Ventriloquist
Mae Busch
Rosie O'Grady
Matt Moore
Hector MacDonald
Harry Earles
Tweedledee
Matthew Betz
Detective Regan
William Humphrey
Attorney for the Defense
E. Alyn Warren
Prosecuting Attorney
Walter Perry
Dime Museum Announcer (uncredited)
Clarence Aaron "Tod" Robbins
Writer (Story)
Waldemar Young
Writer (Scenario)
David Kesson
Cinematographer
Daniel J. Gray
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Critic Reviews for The Unholy Three

All Critics (6) | Top Critics (3) | Fresh (5) | Rotten (1)

  • 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.

    June 10, 2009 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    June 10, 2009 | Full Review…
  • There is many a pleasing frisson to be had from the weird family circle formed by three carnival refugees.

    June 10, 2009

    Tom Milne

    Time Out
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  • As the dynamics of the odd trio change, the macabre observations and remarkable visuals are expertly handled, making this a much-under-rated silent.

    June 10, 2009 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    June 10, 2009 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • This silent-era Tod Browning classic, starring his favorite actor Lon Chaney, is one of his best, although it's not specifically a horror film.

    June 10, 2009 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Unholy Three

  • Oct 12, 2009
    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.
    Cindy I Super Reviewer
  • Apr 23, 2009
    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
    Stella D Super Reviewer
  • Sep 18, 2007
    Victor McLaglen is SO young is this one. PS - Lon Chaney truly was the man of 1000 faces. I stepped out of the room at one point and when I came back I didn't realize he was in disguise; I thought there was just a new character in the story.
    Valerie G Super Reviewer

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