The Unholy Three

Film, Horror

Time Out says

Chaney's final film (and his only talkie) is far from wonderful but it's certainly weird, with its tale of crimes committed by a gang comprising a ventriloquist disguised as a bird-shop proprietress, a strong man, and a midget who dresses and babbles like a baby when the occasion warrants. As if these weren't enough, there's also a romantic hero (played by chipper Elliott Nugent, pal of James Thurber and later a movie director) and a very bad-tempered gorilla. With that cast list, coherence is the last thing you should expect, and you certainly never get it. Much more slackly directed than Browning's original (which it often cribs from), it's still fun of a creaky historical kind.

By: GB


Release details

72 mins

Cast and crew

Jack Conway
JC Nugent, Elliot Nugent
Ivan Linow
Lila Lee
Elliott Nugent
Lon Chaney
John Miljan
Harry Earles
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