The Unholy Three
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The Unholy Three
Although Lon Chaney and director Tod Browning had made a couple of films together earlier in their careers, this unique melodrama marked the beginning of a string of chilling, macabre silent films, which included West of Zanzibar, The Unknown, and The Black Bird. Chaney is Echo, a sideshow ventriloquist. He cooks up a scam with two other members of the sideshow -- Hercules, the strong man (Victor McLaglen), and Tweedledee, a midget (Harry Earles). The three of them open up a bird store full of parrots that have impressive vocabularies -- but only when Echo, dressed as proprietress Granny… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 83%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"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."
‑ Mordaunt Hall, New York Times
"As the dynamics of the odd trio change, the macabre observations and remarkable visuals are expertly handled, making this a much-under-rated silent."
‑ , Film4
"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."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"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."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"There is many a pleasing frisson to be had from the weird family circle formed by three carnival refugees."
‑ Tom Milne, Time Out
"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."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
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