The Unknown (1927)

Melodrama | 4 June 1927

Director:

Tod Browning

Cinematographer:

Merritt Gerstad

Production Designers:

Cedric Gibbons, Richard Day

Production Company:

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Corp.
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HISTORY

According to pre-production news items, the film's working title was Armless Alonzo . The film was copyrighted at 7 ... More Less

According to pre-production news items, the film's working title was Armless Alonzo . The film was copyrighted at 7 reels. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Chicago Tribune
27 Sep 1926
p. 31.
Film Daily
26 Jun 1927.
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New York Times
13 Jun 1927
p. 17.
Variety
15 Jun 1927
p. 20.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTOR
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
ART DIRECTORS
Art dir
Art dir
FILM EDITORS
Film ed
Film ed
COSTUMES
DETAILS
Alternate Title:
Armless Alonzo
Release Date:
4 June 1927
Copyright Claimant:
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Distributing Corp.
Copyright Date:
27 June 1927
Copyright Number:
LP24123
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in feet):
5,517
Length(in reels):
6
Country:
United States
Language:
English
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

To escape the police, Alonzo, who has two thumbs on one hand, poses in a sideshow as an armless wonder. He falls in love with Estrellita, and when detected by her father, he kills him. Then, discovering that the girl abhors the touch of a man's hand, he has both his arms amputated. Returning, he finds to his dismay that she has fallen in love with Malabar and is to marry him; Alonzo seeks revenge on Malabar, but loses his own ... +


To escape the police, Alonzo, who has two thumbs on one hand, poses in a sideshow as an armless wonder. He falls in love with Estrellita, and when detected by her father, he kills him. Then, discovering that the girl abhors the touch of a man's hand, he has both his arms amputated. Returning, he finds to his dismay that she has fallen in love with Malabar and is to marry him; Alonzo seeks revenge on Malabar, but loses his own life. +

GENRE
Genre:
Sub-genre:
Carnival/Circus


Subject

Legend
Viewed by AFI
Partially Viewed
Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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