The Unknown (1927)

Unrated   |    |  Drama, Horror, Romance


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A criminal on the run hides in a circus and seeks to possess the daughter of the ringmaster at any cost.


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  • Lon Chaney and John George in The Unknown (1927)
  • Joan Crawford and Lon Chaney in The Unknown (1927)
  • Joan Crawford and Lon Chaney in The Unknown (1927)
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  • Lon Chaney in The Unknown (1927)
  • Lon Chaney and John George in The Unknown (1927)

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19 May 2004 | peteykins666
9
| Creepy, unsettling masterpiece!
I've heard so much about this movie, and it was not a disappointment. The surviving print seems to be missing some scenes, which accounts for its short length, but I doubt it takes away much from this twisted, sadistic "Gift of the Magi" gone bad. Chaney's performance is remarkable and, at times, genuinely alarming, and the very young Joan Crawford is a typical, but nevertheless appealing silent film heroine. Parts of this film really had me squirming, particularly towards the end. Browning's visual sense is the most beautiful I've seen in any of his films other than Dracula, with a full range of greys, whites and blacks and painterly compositions. It's available on TCM's excellent Lon Chaney Collection DVD.

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