The Unholy Three
The Unholy Three (1925)

A ventriloquist (Lon Chaney) leaves the carnival midway to enact a wicked scam with his two pals, a strongman, a midget and a lady pickpocket. The bellytalker opens up a pet shop and begins selling "talking" parrots to wealthy… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: August 16, 1925
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Mordaunt Hall
New York Times

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.

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As the dynamics of the odd trio change, the macabre observations and remarkable visuals are expertly handled, making this a much-under-rated silent.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

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.

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TV Guide

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.

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Tom Milne
Time Out

There is many a pleasing frisson to be had from the weird family circle formed by three carnival refugees.

Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

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.

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Flixster Audience Score: 79% Flixster User Reviews
Cindy I
Another good turn from Lon Chaney. He plays a side show ventriloquist (in a silent movie!?!?) who, along with Hercules the Strong Man (Victor McLaglen) and… More
Stella Dallas
tod browning, king of the freaks. better than the remake by jack conway from 1930, which is mostly notable for being lon chaney's only talkie