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I saw an online article saying a body double was used for many of the scenes where Lon Chaney did things with his feet. If this is true it was hard to detect. Either way it was fascinating. Add Joan Crawford in her early twenties and this film has a lot to hold your attention but I still have mixed emotions about it because I personally found the story disturbing. Wasn't real comfortable watching "Freaks" either for that matter. But there's something about these films that pull you in, discomfort and all. I think that's Tod Browning in a nutshell.
You're doing it!
You're going to make a silent film fan out of me yet! I passed on this film because it was a silent one. However, I saw the final 18-20 minutes of it, and could not stop. What a story! What acting! Spellbinding is a great word. I dared not look away for an instant. Please, please show this one again and again. It truly is a great little gem. I am a goner if you keep showing beauties like this one. All the actors were great in it. Lon Chaney was fantastic. Power-packed excitement in less than one hour, and no,talking. Wow! I look forward to seeing this film in full. Thank you.
"The Unknown" is disarming and oddly charming
- Jeff Boston
Weird but watchable mini-movie, thanks to the wacky and wicked Alonzo, played by Lon Chaney Sr. He was "The Man of a Thousand Faces" who put fear into others, but when Chaney wore the face of the few and the proud in "Tell it to the Marines" he didn't need paint to create a lasting image. He was made an honorary leatherneck.
- Dashiell Barnes
Director Browning's greatest film is this under-valued silent gem. Chaney gives a harrowing performance as a supposedly "armless" knife-thrower who falls in love with Crawford. This chilling & grim story is too short, but the story itself is engaging. A film that should be measured up against Browning's "Dracula" and "Freaks." I give it 4/5.
- Mark Sutch
The Unknown (1927)
- James Higgins
What an amazing film! A very young Joan Crawford is mesmerizing, but it's Lon Chaney's picture all the way, he is magnificent. Great score and an absolutely fascinating plot. What a wild story!
One of the best!
- David Coincon
This was one of the best silent movies I've seen in a long time. The updated music really added to the film. The plot was perfect, and the acting very artsy. Wonderful film.
- Dee L.
I never saw a Lon Chaney movie nor have I ever watched a silent film from start to finish due to lack of patience. Well, I cant emphasize how wonderful this film was. I have watched it over and over(it is only about an hour)and cant wait for TCM to play more Lon Chaney movies. A must see!
Love can make you do crazy things
- Cathy Turk
I really liked this movie for the fact you felt for the criminal and knew it was going to end sadly. I'm surprised they haven't done a remake of this since the movies nowadays comes close to this type of stuff where as back in it's day this movie was way ahead of it's time.
Brilliant, bizarre and macabre
Chaney as an armless, twisted knife-thrower/arch-criminal. A young Joan Crawford. The best (and oddest) of Tim Burton and Quentin Tarantino rolled into one silent ball. Watch it. Shake your head. Watch it again.
The Unknown, great movie
this was my first silent movie i actually sat through, from the beginning i was entranced by Lon Chaney's acting and wanted to know more about him and his movie career. The Unknown is still an incredible movie and can hold up to most movies being made today, watch some real talent, nothing like watching Mr.Lon Chaney in action!
The Unknown, one of my personal favorite silent movies. The Unknown stars Lon Chaney and a young Joan Crawford in one of the strangest, yet great movies of the silent era. When I first saw The Unknown, it left me wanting more. A great movie for suspense and silent movie fans.