The Unholy Three 1930 Torrent Download Online
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"Talkie" remake of Tod Browning's 1925 silent film. A trio of former sideshow performers double as the "Unholy Three" in a scam to nab some shiny rocks. view The Unholy Three on imdb view The Unholy Three on wikipedia
Professor Echo is a sideshow ventriloquist who recruits two sociopathic co-workers, Midge and Hercules, the show's midget and strong man respectively, into a burglary ring. Echo disguises himself as the elderly Mrs. O'Grady, the owner of a pet store, who sells talking parrots and mynah birds to a high-class clientèle with Hercules posing as his son-in-law married to Echo's pickpocket girlfriend Rosie and Midge passing as their infant son. Echo's ventriloquist skills initially convince the customers that their parrot can talk, but they're disappointed when they bring the mute bird home. A phone call of complaint brings Grandma O'Grady and her daughter's "baby" to the client's house to facilitate the bird's talking, an opportunity to case the house for a subsequent robbery by "The Unholy Three." Written firstname.lastname@example.org
Make no mistake, Lon Chaney Sr. was one of the most talented and
versatile actors in the history of American Film. And in this, his only
completed sound film, he is brilliant. As Professor Echo he uses his
own pleasant voice (William Holden's voice is a good comparison), while
he effectively and believably changes his voice during his old lady
disguise. One wonders if he knew he was terminally ill when he made
this film. Several sound vehicles were planned for him: "Dracula" (Bela
Lugosi became a star inheriting the Chaney part), "The Sea Bat"
(Charles Bickford), "The Phantom of Paris" (John Gilbert), and "The Big
House" and "The Bugle Sounds" (Wallace Beery, the former establishing
him in sound films.). One can only wonder how any of these films would
have been if Chaney had lived to complete them.
Definitely worth a look. There are some advantages/disadvantages to the original. Disadvantages: Well, there are a few. The tension isn't as great. Lila Lee is not as sympathetic a "Rosie" as Mae Busch from the original. I am a HUGE fan of Harry Earles, but he is all but incoherent here unfortunately. Ivan isn't as good as Victor in the role of Hercules, and Hector really bugs me in this version. Advantages: Of course, YOU GET TO HEAR LON CHANEY! His one and only "talkie"! That's worth the price of admission alone! My grandmother used to head a film theater waaaay back in the late 20's and early 30's and said that people went crazy for their chance to hear Chaney talk! I believe it! Okay, besides that, the scene with the police detective and the toy elephant is great! The scene where Harry Earles tries to get an early bonus with the necklace is very good and the whole relationship between the midget and the strongman is better defined, IMHO, in this version. All in all, check it out if you have a chance!
Why this wonderfully crazy film from 1930 isn't more readily available is a
total sin. Of course, THE UNHOLY THREE (1930) is most famed for the only
time we can hear the great silent horror star Lon Chaney speak. When he
speaks, this rather gruff, but ordinary voice comes out. I sat there
thinking "That's Quasimoto, Eric the Phantom, Dead Legs Flint, and that's
what Dracula would of sounded like if Chaney lived to get the part? Wow!")