West of Zanzibar
West of Zanzibar (1928)

In this lurid Tod Browning melodrama, boasting a thoroughly creepy performance by Lon Chaney, Chaney plays Phroso, a limehouse magician who is thoroughly in love with his wife Anna (Jacquelin Gadsdon). Also in love with Phroso's wife is… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: November 28, 1928
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John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

Chaney is a stage magician whose signature trick is to transform a beautiful woman into a skeleton: This is an absolutely brilliant -- and economical -- visual evocation of the relationship between sex and death, the erotic and the morbid...

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

What makes this film special is the virtuoso performance of Chaney.

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Pierluigi Puccini
A bit slow and overly dramatic but undeniably interesting and atmospheric vehicle for the legendary man of the thousand faces, Lon Chaney. well crafted revenge… More
Eric Broome
A remarkably dark, twisted movie, even by contemporary standards. And of course, it has a fantastic performance by Lon Chaney, playing a maniacal, vengeful… More