Image for The Unknown

The Unknown

Yorkshire Silent Film Festival
1927. Cert.E. 62mins. USA.
No screenings currently scheduled.

Better known today as the director of Dracula (1931) and Freaks (1932), Tod Browning’s most individual and striking work was in the silent era. The Unknown is one of his most demented, macabre melodramas, packing a substantial punch into its fifty minute running time. Lon Chaney plays Alonzo the Armless, a circus knife-thrower who is actually a serial killer on the run from the law. Joan Crawford plays the circus owner’s daughter who has a fear of mens’ hands…

Performing live: Jonny Best (piano) and Trevor Bartlett (percussion). 

Dir. Tod Browning, USA, 1927, 51 mins


Part of the Yorkshire Silent Film Festival. Visit their website for the full programme of silent films throughout May.