The Unholy Three with live score by Gary Lucas
DIRECTOR: TOD BROWNING
CAST: LON CHANEY, HARRY EALES, VICTOR MCLAGLEN
Maestro of the macabre Tod Browning (Freaks, Dracula) directs frequent collaborator Lon Chaney to a masterfully sinister—and occasionally quite moving—performance as a warped ventriloquist masterminding an underhanded Christmas Eve crime along with dastardly dwarf Harry Eales and strongman Victor McLaglen. This sinful syndicate will stop at nothing, including a cross-dressing turn by Chaney, to get what they want in this sleeper sickie, remade five years later as Chaney’s first talkie but never surpassed in this visually ingenious sideshow thriller, which has the added inducements of Mae Busch as a pulchritudinous pickpocket and a maniacal chimpanzee. Legendary Captain Beefheart Magic Band guitarist Gary Lucas will perform a live accompaniment to the film.