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November 10, 2014
chaney/browning collabs the first talkie
September 15, 2013
An interesting Browning/Chaney picture. Not what one expects from those two. Not amazing but not terrible.
August 20, 2011
Cute silent dramedy.
Super Reviewer
August 18, 2011
Not much reason to see this one. Surprisingly, Lon Chaney and director Tod Browning barely distinguish themselves -- the film is more about Estelle Taylor's smoldering glare and a squat guy in a gorilla suit.

A hint of horror creeps into the final act, but the crucial scene is so brief that I wonder if "lost" footage could be a factor.
August 14, 2011
another creepy good melodrama from this pair and one of the last silent movies made.
July 1, 2011
As a strange love triangle, this ranks with the previous Browning-Chaney film The Unknown. Estelle Taylor actually steals the movie from Chaney as the wicked seductress.
½ April 8, 2011
Surprisingly good melodrama with Lon Chaney trying to fend off his predatory ex-wife from their daughter's betrothed. Lupe Velez was maybe a little old to play the spirited daddy's girl, but everyone really throws themselves into their roles. Tod Browning is shocking capable as co-writer and director, staging a number of exotic animal pieces and filling scenes with Asian extras. Chaney is excellent, repeatedly shifting from hard-boiled master of man-killers to overprotective father to vengeful cuckold as the story requires. The last and not least of the Browning/Chaney collaborations.
December 3, 2010
Lon Chaney's final pairing with director Tod Browning isn't a masterpiece on the level of some of their other collaborations, but it's a solid silent melodrama complete with Browning's exotic atmospherics and lurid psychological subtext. It's not as dark and twisted as their other efforts, Chaney is surprisingly subdued this time around, it's Estelle Taylor as a culturally questionable by modern standards seductress who steals the show.
October 8, 2010
"The Graduate" copied this whole movie! ...except for the gorilla mauling.
May 18, 2009
A humanly lurid tale with incestuous undertones. The film doesn't do too terribly much to further the causes of either women or Asians, but I've seen far worse portrayals of both. This is actually a pretty compelling melodrama with Chaney alternately performing in broad strokes and showing some nuanced tenderness. Seeing it in a theater with live piano accompaniment bumped the rating up a notch.
March 22, 2009
This isn't as awesome as The Unholy Three or The Unknown (though awesomely enough it also has a genius scene where a giant gorilla attacks someone like in The Unholy Three), but it is as every bit as wonderfully lurid. I mean Lon Chaney plays an animal tamer who is a bit too protective of his daughter who he, uh, kisses on the lips and "role plays" as an animal with her. Even goofier, the daughter is going to marry a man who is sexually obsessed with her mother. Chaney scowls overly expressively throughout and the film doesn't have a wasted scene at a brief 65 minutes. While I know there can never be another Lon Chaney, I do think something has been lost with sound cinema: the big, expressive emotions, which totally enthrall you in a basic way (pre-psychological identification with a character) that makes cinema about the human face. Chaney's face is unrequited love, pain, anger, sorrow, obsession, and madness all wrapped into one; yet, in this film and The Unknown he also never fails to be sympathetic.
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