The Unknown

From The Grindhouse Cinema Database

The Unknown (1927, USA) is a Silent Horror-Drama-Mystery film directed by Tod Browning.


Main Details

  • Released on June 4, 1927
  • B&W
  • Running time: 63 minutes
  • Production and Distribution Co.: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
  • Directed by Tod Browning
  • Written by Tod Browning (story), Waldemar Young (scenario) and Joseph Farnham (titles), from the novel by Mary Roberts Rinehart (uncredited)
  • Starring: Lon Chaney, Norman Kerry, Joan Crawford

Plot Summary

  • A criminal on the run hides in a circus and seeks to possess the daughter of the ringmaster at any cost.


  • A superb mystery thriller, unusual and startling even for a Chaney film. Lon as "The Unknown" eats, drinks, shoots a rifle and dresses with his feet. Don't miss this startling spectacle. (Print Ad- The Cobbleskill Index,((Cobbleskill, NY)) 13 October 1927)
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