The Unholy Three

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Time Out says

Although they had worked together twice before, this is the first in the remarkable series of Browning/Chaney collaborations which served as a source for all t hat is best in the horror movie. Based like Freaks on a story by Tod Robbins, it is curiously muted compared to the macabre fancies dreamed up later in the series. But there is many a pleasing frisson to be had from the weird family circle formed by three carnival refugees - ventriloquist in drag as granny (Chaney), malevolent midget as baby (Earles), strong man in moronic attendance (McLaglen) - to further their criminal activities with the reluctant aid of Mae Busch's heroine, using a thriving pet shop as their HQ. Slightly tongue-in-cheek (baby sporting a huge cigar as he checks his and bootees; a murderous ape thrown in for the finale), it also displays considerable subtlety in depicting the perverse passions that tear the trio apart.
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Release details

UK release:

1925

Duration:

86 mins

Cast and crew

Cast:

Victor McLaglen, Matt Moore, Lon Chaney, Mae Busch, Matthew Betz, Harry Earles

Art Director:

Joseph Wright, Cedric Gibbons

Director:

Tod Browning

Producer:

Irving Thalberg

Screenwriter:

Waldemar Young

Editor:

Daniel J Grey

Cinematography:

David Kesson

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