Lon Chaney plays a two-thumbed criminal on the lam who poses as an armless knife-thrower to deflect suspicion. (As one does.) He’s in love with Joan Crawford, who is afraid of men’s arms encircling her. Lon knows a surgeon who can… Yes, the movie goes there.
The direction by Tod Browning is suitably twisted but what really sets this film apart from other Chaney vehicles is the fact that the romantic duo of Crawford and Norman Kerry is interesting in its own right.
This film is not for everyone but for those of you who like this kind of thing, this is the kind of thing you like.
How does it end? Hover or tap below for a spoiler.
Lon conspires to murder Kerry, of course, but ends up sacrificing himself to save Crawford when she jumps in to protect her lover.
If it were a dessert it would be: Candied Pecans with Aleppo. Maybe not for everyone but devotees will enjoy the kick.
Availability: Released as part of the Lon Chaney Collection from TCM. Alas, it is out of print, so snap it up if you find a bargain.
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