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The Unknown (1927) - Tod Browning

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The Lon Chaney Collectionion (1928) - Various [Amazon.com] [FR] [DE] [UK]


Alonzo is an apparently armless knife thrower who uses his feet to encircle Estrellita with blades. Zanzi is killed by Alonzo (who really does have arms). Estrellita allows herself to fall in love with Alonzo (she fears men's arms), so he goes to a hospital and has his amputated. Meantime Malabar cures Estrellita of her fear of men's arms, so Alonzo tries to have him killed during a circus act. --http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0018528 [Oct 2004]

For many years, this film only existed in murky 9.5mm dupes on the black market. In March 1973, at a screening of this film at George Eastman House, archivist James Card said that Henri Langlois and his staff at the Cinémathèque Française discovered The Unknown in 1968 among other miscellaneous cans of film marked "l'inconnu" (films "unknown" due to missing titles, etc.). --http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0018528 [Oct 2004]

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