The Unknown
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Character-technician Lon Chaney portrays an armless sideshow knifethrower(!) enamoured of his lovely assistant (Joan Crawford) -- a woman with an unnatural fear of physical touch. Perhaps the most interesting of several freakishly horrific melodramas Chaney made in collaboration with Dracula(1931) director Tod Browning.
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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