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A version of pastoral in Jack Conway's 1930 all-talking version of The Unholy Three. In the foreground, Lila Lee and Lon Chaney; in the background, Ivan Linow and, in the gorilla suit, Charles Gemora.
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"The Unholy Three"? And a guy in a gorilla suit?
Aha, so *that's* where Marvel Comics got the idea...
July 23, 2011 at 11:20 AM
I've seen it and it's quite good.
David Ehrenstein |
July 23, 2011 at 01:50 PM
Hey, it's Bryan Cranston!
Kiss Me, Son of God |
July 23, 2011 at 04:18 PM
"I don't trust that midge!"
On the whole, the deep malice of the Browning version (1925) gets swapped out for something more superficial, but there's nothing superficial about Chaney's commitment.
Shawn Stone |
July 23, 2011 at 05:24 PM
It's true, this is dime-store stuff next to the original, but still, so much to love: Chaney, Lila, Harry Earles saying "Pretty beads, pretty beads," and so on. My favorite thing about this shot in its non-still version is the casual, unconscious surrealism it achieves; these two characters fretting over their "relationship" outside their cabin in the woods while a gorilla jumps around behind them.
Glenn Kenny |
July 23, 2011 at 05:29 PM
I saw the original at Film Forum's Tod Browning retrospective a couple years ago, which simultaneously showed me just how more twisted Browning could get than Dracula and Freaks and made me a lifelong Chaney, Sr. fan. This one's been sitting on my shelf for a while after I picked up a Chaney six-pack from Warner Archive a few months back. It just moved closer to the head of the "To Watch" list.
July 23, 2011 at 11:45 PM
Laurel & Hardy fled the circus around that same time with the estimable Charles Gemora as "Ethel" in THE CHIMP. Hilarious scene with the three of them in a motel room as L & H plot to ditch the monkey.
July 24, 2011 at 12:19 AM
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