The Unholy Three (1925 film)

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The Unholy Three (1925)
Poster - Unholy Three, The (1925) 02.jpg
Film poster
Directed byTod Browning
Produced byTod Browning
Irving Thalberg (uncredited)
Written byClarence Aaron "Tod" Robbins and Waldemar Young
StarringLon Chaney
Mae Busch
Matt Moore
Victor McLaglen
Harry Earles
Matthew Earles
Edward Connelly
William Humphrey
E. Alyn Warren
CinematographyDavid Kesson
Editing byDaniel Gray
Irving Thalberg(uncredited)
Distributed byMGM as Metro-Goldwyn
Release dates
  • August 16, 1925 (1925-08-16)
Running time86 minutes
CountryUnited States
LanguageSilent
 
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The Unholy Three (1925)
Poster - Unholy Three, The (1925) 02.jpg
Film poster
Directed byTod Browning
Produced byTod Browning
Irving Thalberg (uncredited)
Written byClarence Aaron "Tod" Robbins and Waldemar Young
StarringLon Chaney
Mae Busch
Matt Moore
Victor McLaglen
Harry Earles
Matthew Earles
Edward Connelly
William Humphrey
E. Alyn Warren
CinematographyDavid Kesson
Editing byDaniel Gray
Irving Thalberg(uncredited)
Distributed byMGM as Metro-Goldwyn
Release dates
  • August 16, 1925 (1925-08-16)
Running time86 minutes
CountryUnited States
LanguageSilent

The Unholy Three is a 1925 American silent film melodrama involving a crime spree, directed by Tod Browning[1] and starring Lon Chaney.

The film was remade in 1930 as a talkie. In both the 1925 and the 1930 version, the roles of Professor Echo and Tweedledee are played by Chaney and Harry Earles respectively. Both were based on the novel of the same name by Clarence Aaron "Tod" Robbins.

Plot[edit]

Three sideshow performers leave the circus after Tweedledee the midget assaults a child at one of their shows and become "The Unholy Three." Echo the ventriloquist assumes the role of Mrs. O'Grady, a kindly old grandmother, who runs a bird shop. Tweedledee, "The Twenty Inch Man," becomes her grandchild, and Hercules (Victor McLaglen) is their assistant. Soon an incredible crime wave is launched from their little store.

Convincingly disguised as a little old lady, Echo and his two carnival cohorts perform a series of Park Avenue robberies. Echo's sweetheart Rosie (Mae Busch) plays along with the Unholy Three but changes her mind when their latest burglary, which ended in murder, threatens to send an innocent man (Rosie's lover) to the electric chair.

Production notes[edit]

During the scene where Echo and company are fleeing the pet store, Echo decides to take his pet ape with them. The "Ape" was actually a three-foot-tall chimpanzee who was made to appear gigantic with camera trickery and perspective shots. When Echo removes the ape from his cage, the shot shows Echo (with his back turned to the camera) unlocking the cage and walking the ape to the truck. The ape appears to be roughly the same size as Echo. This effect was achieved by having midget actor Harry Earles (who played "Tweedledee" in the film) play Echo for these brief shots, and then cutting to the normal sized Lon Chaney, making it seem as though the Ape is gigantic. (In the 1930 remake the ape is played by a man in a costume.)

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "Progressive Silent Film List: The Unholy Three". Silent Era. Retrieved 2010-03-02. 

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