~The Unholy Three~
1925
~George Hurrell Portrait of Lon Chaney~
~Plot Synopsis~
Although Lon Chaney and director Tod Browning had made a couple of films together earlier in their
careers, this unique melodrama marked the beginning of a string of chilling, macabre silent films, which
included West of Zanzibar, The Unknown, and The Black Bird. Chaney is Echo, a sideshow ventriloquist.
He cooks up a scam with two other members of the sideshow -- Hercules, the strong man (Victor
McLaglen), and Tweedledee, a midget (Harry Earles). The three of them open up a bird store full of
parrots that have impressive vocabularies -- but only when Echo, dressed as proprietress Granny
O'Grady, is around. When the buyer takes the bird home and it won't talk, Granny comes around with a
baby (Tweedledee in swaddling clothes). While "Granny" (using his powers of ventriloquism) coaxes the
parrot into speaking, the midget cases the joint to see if there's anything worth robbing later. Trouble
comes when they hire Hector, a simple soul (Matt Moore), as a clerk. Echo's pickpocket sweetheart,
Rosie (Mae Busch) falls in love with him. Meanwhile, Hercules and Tweedledee murder a man while
they're in the midst of one of their robberies. Hector is arrested for the crime while the others flee. To
save Hector, Rosie finally agrees to give him up if Echo saves him. By throwing his voice, Echo makes
Hector appear to give testimony which frees him. When Rosie goes to Echo, however, he sends her back
to Hector, while he returns to the side show. His two cohorts meet their end when they run afoul of
Echo's pet gorilla. This hugely successful film was remade as Chaney's first -- and last -- talkie. Harry
Earles (who might also be remembered from his starring role in Freaks) reprises his role as Tweedledee.

Plot Synopsis by Janiss Garza, AllMovie.com
~Cast~

Lon Chaney ...  Professor Echo - The Ventriloquist / Mrs. 'Granny' O'Grady
Mae Busch ...  Rosie O'Grady
Matt Moore ...  Hector MacDonald
Victor McLaglen ...  Hercules, the strongman
Harry Earles ...  Tweedledee, the dwarf, aka Little Willie
Matthew Betz ...  Detective Regan
Edward Connelly ...  The judge
William Humphrey ...  Defense attorney (as William Humphreys)
E. Alyn Warren ...  Prosecuting attorney (as A.E. Warren)
Walter P. Cole ...  Human skeleton (uncredited)
Carrie Daumery ...  Customer (uncredited)
Delmo Fritz ...  Sword swallower (uncredited)
Alice Julian ...  Fat lady (uncredited)
Violet Kane ...  Arlington daughter in photo (uncredited)
Peter Kortes ...  Sword swallower (uncredited)
Mickey McBan ...  Boy watching Hercules' act (uncredited)
John Merkyl ...  Jeweler (uncredited)
John Millerta ...  Wild Borneo man (uncredited)
Louis Morrison ...  Police commissioner (uncredited)
Marjorie Morton ...  Mrs. Arlington (uncredited)
Walter Perry ...  Dime museum announcer (uncredited)
Louis Shank ...  Newsboy (uncredited)
Vera Vance ...  Dancer (uncredited)
Charles Wellesley ...  John Arlington (uncredited)
Percy Williams ...  Butler (uncredited)
Directed by: Tod Browning

Written by:
Waldemar Young - scenario

Based on the novel by Clarence Aaron 'Tod' Robbins
~Remaining Credits~

Produced & Released by: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM)

Produced by: Tod Browning & Irving Thalberg
Cinematography by: David Kesson
Film Editing: Daniel J. Gray
Set Decoration by: Joseph C. Wright
Settings: Cedric Gibbons
Stunts: Harvey Parry
Presenter: Louis B. Mayer

Length: 7 Reels
Runtime: 86 Minutes
Released: August 16, 1925

Filmed on Location at:
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios - 10202 W. Washington Blvd., Culver City, California, USA
.