The Unknown
The Unknown (1927)

Another typically morbid Chaney film has him working as a circus freak and trying to win the heart of his assistant. Alas, she does not want him so he must kill the object of her intentions.

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: June 4, 1927
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Fernando F. Croce

Tod Browning's rousing, cruel joke on the mutilated artiste and the frigid muse

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Michael W. Phillips, Jr.
Goatdog's Movies

Not a second of its brief 50-minute running time is wasted.

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Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

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.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

It was the last of the great silent films, as just 4 months later the first talkie opened: The Jazz Singer.

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Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

[An] astonishing masterpiece.

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Flixster Audience Score: 89% Flixster User Reviews
Aj V
A brilliant love story, I loved it, I just wish it were a bit longer, but other than that, it's perfect. It's a love story about obsession, lies, and… More
Antonius Block
While very short at just 50 minutes, this film packs an emotional punch and is macabre in a way that is unique to the genre of horror movies. I won't… More
Stella Dallas
wow. tod browning was one twisted fuck. this is like a precursor to freaks, with joan crawford when she was still cute and a standout performance by lon… More
Brandon Siddall
The Unknown has some of the best acting I have ever seen in a Silent Film, mostly coming from Lon Chaney. This is a wonderful horror film with a great star… More
Stephen M
<I>"I did what you told me, Alonzo. I took her in my arms."</I> Okay, no need to rub it in, Malabar! Hmm, how can I describe this one… More
Sylvester Kuo
It's a deadly and yet beautiful love triangle. Lon Chaney was stunning with his performance inside and outside the screen, I loved every single minute of… More