THE UNKNOWN (1927)

USA | 1927 | 68 minutes | NR

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Silent Revue’s season dedicated to horror turns its attention to the era’s earliest instances ofserial killers with THE UNKNOWN, starring “The Man of a Thousand Faces,” Lon Chaney. Fromthe mind that brought you Lugosi’s DRACULA and FREAKS, Tod Browning’s masterpiece is the original Universal Horror and features one the studio’s most terrifying killers— “Alonso the Armless Wonder.”

A murderer on the run, Chaney’s Alonso—a nightmarish conception of unbridled evil—disguises himself as an “armless” knife thrower and hides out at a local circus. In love with the beautiful Nanon (played by a radiant Joan Crawford at the beginning of a legendary career), Alonso finds
himself her perfect companion—a result of Nanon’s crippling fear of man’s touch. However, when the circus’s strongman (Norman Kerry) threatens his intentions, Alonso’s murderous streak returns with a vengeance.

The key performance in the “Master of Disguise’s” remarkable career, THE UNKNOWN features groundbreaking special effects, with Chaney undergoing excruciatingly painful binding and body contortions to pull off the uncanny armless illusion.


Live accompaniment by Marilyn Lerner


Silent Revue is curated by Alicia Fletcher


Silent Revue is sponsored by Hollywood Suite


Director: Tod Browning
Cast: Lon Chaney, Norman Kerry, Joan Crawford



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