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
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
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
Lauren Donis
It was odd. I liked the story, and it was interesting, but it was a bit boring.
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
Lon Chaney was to silent horror as Charlie Chaplin was to silent comedy. They called him the man of 1000 faces because of his ability to emote while working… More