The Unholy Three (1930)

USA, 1930
72m, 1920.24 metres, 8 reels
35mm film, black and white
mono, English

An American horror film directed by Jack Conway.

Plot Summary

Ventriloquist Professor Echo opens a pet shop and disguises himself as a little old lady named Mother O’Grady. With his accomplices, the midget Tweedledee and strong man Hercules, he begins to target his wealthy customers.


Director: Jack Conway
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures
Producer: Irving Thalberg [uncredited]
Script: J.C. Nugent, Elliott Nugent
Novel: Clarence Aaron Robbins
Director of Photography: Percy Hilburn
Editor: Frank Sullivan
Recording Engineers: Douglas Shearer, Anstruther MacDonald [uncredited]
Western Electric Sound System
Wardrobe: David Cox
Art Director: Cedric Gibbons

Lon Chaney (Professor Echo/Mrs ‘Grandma’ O’Grady)
Lila Lee (Rosie O’Grady)
Elliott Nugent (Hector McDonald)
Harry Earles (Tweedledee/Willie Midget/Midge)
John Miljan (prosecuting attorney)
Ivan Linow (Herman/Hercules)
Clarence Burton (Detective Regan)
Craufurd Kent (defense attorney)

Alternative Titles

Professor Ekko – Danish title
El trío fantástico – Spanish title


Remake of
The Unholy Three (1925)

See also
Man of a Thousand Faces (1957)

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


Aurum Film Encyclopedia: Horror (2nd edition) by Phil Hardy (ed) pp.47-48 – credits, review
Reference Guide to Fantastic Films by Walt Lee p.513 – credits
Tome of Terror: Horror Films of the 1930s by Christopher Workman and Troy Howarth p.18-19 – credits, review