The Unknown
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As a group, the silent-movie collaborations between director Tod Browning and star Lon Chaney hardly represent the best work of either man, though each film definitely has its moments. One of the best, and weirdest, of the batch is The Unknown. Chaney plays a carnival performer known as the "Armless Wonder," who performs near-miraculous stunts with his bare feet. In fact, he is in possession of both his arms, but keeps them strapped to his side to maintain the illusion of being limbless. Chaney's beautiful assistant Joan Crawford has a pathological fear of being touched by any… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 100%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Tod Browning's rousing, cruel joke on the mutilated artiste and the frigid muse"
‑ Fernando F. Croce, CinePassion
"Not a second of its brief 50-minute running time is wasted."
‑ Michael W. Phillips, Jr., Goatdog's Movies
"It may not be Browning's best silent film, but it is certainly his most fascinatingly perverse -- and that's saying something in the world of Tod Browning."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"It was the last of the great silent films, as just 4 months later the first talkie opened: The Jazz Singer."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"[An] astonishing masterpiece."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
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