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The Unholy Three

The Unholy Three

Lila Lee
Director: Jack Conway Cast: Lila Lee
Lila Lee
, Elliott Nugent
Elliott Nugent
, Harry Earles
Harry Earles
Jack Conway

DVD (Remastered / Full Frame)

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A remake of the 1925 Lon Chaney melodrama of the same name, 1930's The Unholy Three makes several concessions to the newly strengthened Hollywood censors, but is still quite entertaining in a macabre sort of way. Chaney reprises his role as Professor Echo, a sideshow ventriloquist who moonlights as a master criminal. Convincingly disguised as a little old lady, Echo stage-manages a series of Park Avenue robberies -- with two of his carnival cohorts, malevolent midget Tweedledee (Harry Earles) and moronic strongman Hercules (Ivan Linow), doing most of the dirty work. Echo's sweetheart Rosie (Lila Lee) plays along with the Unholy Three but changes her mind when their latest burglary, which ended in murder, threatens to send the wholly innocent Hector (Elliot Nugent) to the electric chair. His resolve weakened by Rosie's pleas, Echo contrives to clear Hector in court through a clever vocal trick -- while his two confederates, in true "thieves fall out" fashion, bring about their own gruesome deaths. The Unholy Three creaks a bit at times, and the unintelligibility of Harry Earles often obscures important plot points, but the film is indispensable as the only talkie appearance of Lon Chaney, "The Man of a Thousand Faces," who died only two months after its release.

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Product Details

Release Date: 10/26/2010
UPC: 0883316289907
Original Release: 1930
Rating: NR
Source: Warner Archives
Presentation: [Full Frame]
Time: 1:14:00
Sales rank: 52,744

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Lila Lee Rosie O'Grady
Elliott Nugent Hector McDonald
Harry Earles Midget
John Miljan Prosecuting Attorney
Ivan Linow Hercules
Clarence Burton Regan
Crauford Kent Defense Attorney
Lon Chaney Prof. Echo
Richard Carle Barker
Fred Kelsey Cop at Train
Ray Cooke Sailor at Sideshow
Joseph W. Girard The Judge
Trixie Friganza Lady Customer
Charles Gemora Gorilla

Technical Credits
Jack Conway Director
David Cox Costumes/Costume Designer
Cedric Gibbons Art Director
Percy Hilburn Cinematographer
Elliott Nugent Screenwriter
J.C. Nugent Screenwriter
Frank Sullivan Editor
Irving G. Thalberg Producer

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