Better known today as the director of Dracula (1931) and Freaks (1932), Tod Browning’s most individual and striking work was in the silent era. The Unknown is one of his most demented, macabre melodramas, packing a substantial punch into its fifty minute running time. Lon Chaney plays Alonzo the Armless, a circus knife-thrower who is actually a serial killer on the run from the law. Joan Crawford plays the circus owner’s daughter who has a fear of mens’ hands…
Dir. Tod Browning, USA, 1927, 51 mins
Tickets £10, £7 (concessions)
This film is part of the Sheffield All-Dayer at Abbeydale Picture House. All-Day Early Bird tickets are available until April 13th.
Make a weekend of it with the great value Sheffield Big Weekend Pass. This gets you into all eight ysff events at Abbeydale Picture House and Showroom Cinema 11 - 13 May. To immerse yourself in live-scored silent cinema even more, there's the Sheffield Full Festival Pass which includes everything in the Big Weekend plus four more events.