The Unholy Three (1925)

86m, 2117.75 metres, 7 reels
35mm film, black and white, 1.33:1

An American horror film directed by Tod Browning.

Plot Summary

Echo the sideshow ventriloquist and his accomplices, Tweedledee the midget and Hercules the strongman, set up shop and begin to prey on their wealthy customers, Echo disguised as a seemingly harmless old lady.


Director: Tod Browning
Metro-Goldwyn Pictures Corporation
Presenter: Louis B. Mayer
Scenario: Waldemar Young
Novel: Tod Robbins
Director of Photography: David Kesson
Editor: Daniel Gray
Recording Engineer: Anstruther MacDonald [uncredited]
Settings: Cedric Gibbons, Joseph Wright
Stunts: Harvey Parry [uncredited]

Lon Chaney (Professor Echo, the Ventriloquist/Mrs ‘Granny' O'Grady)
Mae Busch (Rosie O'Grady)
Matt Moore (Hector MacDonald)
Victor McLaglen (Hercules)
Harry Earles (Tweedledee/Little Willie)
Matthew Betz (Detective Regan)
Edward Connelly (the judge)
William Humphreys (defense attorney)
A.E. Warren (prosecuting attorney)

Alternative Titles

Le club des trois – French title
A Trindade Maldita – Portugese title
El trío fantástico – Spanish title
Die Unheimlichen Drei – Austrian title

The Unholy Three (1930)

Extracts included in
Lon Chaney: A Thousand Faces (2000)

See also
Man of a Thousand Faces (1957)


Aurum Film Encyclopedia: Horror (2nd edition) by Phil Hardy (ed) p.35 – illustrated credits, review
by Walt Lee p.512 – credits