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16th Mar '14 9:41:30 PM foxley
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* ShootTheBuilder: In the original script (and deleted scenes), Alonzo murders the doctor who amputated his arms so he could never reveal Alonzo's secret.
5th Jan '14 12:09:50 PM gallium
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''The Unknown'' is a 1927 American silent horror film directed by Tod Browning and featuring Creator/LonChaney as carnival knife thrower Alonzo the Armless and a young CreatorJoanCrawford as the scantily clad carnival girl he hopes to marry.

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''The Unknown'' is a 1927 American silent horror film directed by Tod Browning and featuring Creator/LonChaney as carnival knife thrower Alonzo the Armless and a young CreatorJoanCrawford Creator/JoanCrawford as the scantily clad carnival girl he hopes to marry.
5th Jan '14 12:09:32 PM gallium
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* {{Homage}}: The movie ''SantaSangre'' obviously gets inspiration from this film, with the circus and armless themes.



* ShootTheBuilder: In the original script (and deleted scenes), Alonzo murders the doctor who amputated his arms so he could never reveal Alonzo's secret.

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* ShootTheBuilder: In the original script (and deleted scenes), Alonzo murders the doctor who amputated his arms so he could never reveal SlasherSmile: Alonzo's secret.rictus grin when he finds out that Nanon and Malabar got married is something to behold.
4th Jan '14 9:57:03 AM gallium
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''The Unknown'' is a 1927 American silent horror film directed by Tod Browning and featuring Creator/LonChaney as carnival knife thrower Alonzo the Armless and a young JoanCrawford as the scantily clad carnival girl he hopes to marry.

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''The Unknown'' is a 1927 American silent horror film directed by Tod Browning and featuring Creator/LonChaney as carnival knife thrower Alonzo the Armless and a young JoanCrawford CreatorJoanCrawford as the scantily clad carnival girl he hopes to marry.


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* MsFanservice: Nanon is this in Alonzo's act. In the act and out, she spends a good bit of the movie in her stage costume of a tank top and hot pants.
4th Jan '14 9:52:53 AM gallium
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''The Unknown'' is a 1927 American silent horror film directed by Tod Browning and featuring Lon Chaney as carnival knife thrower Alonzo the Armless and Joan Crawford as the scantily clad carnival girl he hopes to marry.

Chaney plays a carnival performer known as the "Armless Wonder," who performs near-miraculous stunts with his bare feet. In fact, he is in possession of both his arms, but keeps them strapped to his side to maintain the illusion of being limbless. Alonzo's beautiful assistant Nanon (Joan Crawford) has a pathological fear of being touched by any man. This leads Alonzo to believe that he is attractive to Nanon so long as his keeps his arms hidden. Halfway through the film, Alonzo murders the circus manager--a crime witnessed by Nanon, who was only able to glimpse Alonzo's distinctively mutated thumb. To cover up his crime, and to make himself the perfect mate for Nanon, Alonzo blackmails a doctor into amputating his arms. Upon returning to the carnival, the now-genuinely armless Alonzo learns to his horror that Nanon has overcome her aberration of being touched, thanks to handsome circus strong man Malabar (Norman Kerry). Enraged, Alonzo plots to kill Malabar in a horrible fashion...but guess who ends up seriously dead?

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''The Unknown'' is a 1927 American silent horror film directed by Tod Browning and featuring Lon Chaney Creator/LonChaney as carnival knife thrower Alonzo the Armless and Joan Crawford a young JoanCrawford as the scantily clad carnival girl he hopes to marry.

Chaney plays a carnival performer known as the "Armless Wonder," who performs near-miraculous stunts with his bare feet. In fact, he is in possession of both his arms, but keeps them strapped to his side to maintain the illusion of being limbless. Alonzo's beautiful assistant Nanon (Joan Crawford) (Crawford) has a pathological fear of being touched by any man. This leads Alonzo to believe that he is attractive to Nanon so long as his keeps his arms hidden. Halfway through the film, Alonzo murders the circus manager--a crime witnessed by Nanon, who was only able to glimpse Alonzo's distinctively mutated thumb. To cover up his crime, and to make himself the perfect mate for Nanon, Alonzo blackmails a doctor into amputating his arms. Upon returning to the carnival, the now-genuinely armless Alonzo learns to his horror that Nanon has overcome her aberration of being touched, thanks to handsome circus strong man Malabar (Norman Kerry). Enraged, Alonzo plots to kill Malabar in a horrible fashion...but guess who ends up seriously dead?



* [[spoiler:DeathEqualsRedemption]]: Averted. The ending text doesn't glorify [[spoiler:Alonzo's sacrifice to save Nanon since his whole motivations were unheroic in the first place]].

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* [[spoiler:DeathEqualsRedemption]]: DeathEqualsRedemption: Averted. The ending text doesn't glorify [[spoiler:Alonzo's Alonzo's sacrifice to save Nanon since his whole motivations were unheroic in the first place]].place.



* FriendZone: Alonzo winds up in Nanon's, and doesn't care for it one little bit.



* VillainProtagonist

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* VillainProtagonistVillainProtagonist: Alonzo is a thief and murderer.
31st Oct '13 9:49:16 PM foxley
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* AnArmAndALeg: Alonzo blackmails a surgeon into amputating both his arms.
8th Oct '13 10:36:23 PM foxley
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* {{Homage}}: The movie SantaSangre obviously gets inspiration from this film, with the circus and armless themes.

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* {{Homage}}: The movie SantaSangre ''SantaSangre'' obviously gets inspiration from this film, with the circus and armless themes.
13th Jul '13 8:08:49 PM VPhantom
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* HandyFeet: Alonzo, who uses his feet to light cigarettes, throw knives, etc.
8th Jul '13 7:27:08 PM Gaucelm
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* HatesBeingTouched: Nanon has a phobia about hugged. This fuels Alonzo's insane belief that he could be the perfect man for her.
* KnifeThrowingAct

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* BecomingTheMask: Alonzo really becomes armless. He decides to go with it when Cojo laughingly remarks that he forgot he has hands when he lights a cigarette with his feet.
* [[spoiler:DeathEqualsRedemption]]: Averted. The ending text doesn't glorify [[spoiler:Alonzo's sacrifice to save Nanon since his whole motivations were unheroic in the first place]].
* DumbMuscle: Malabar could be seen as this.
* HatesBeingTouched: Nanon has a phobia about hugged.being touched by men's hands. This fuels Alonzo's insane belief that he could be the perfect man for her.
* KnifeThrowingAct{{Homage}}: The movie SantaSangre obviously gets inspiration from this film, with the circus and armless themes.
* TheIgor: Cojo, somehow.
* KnifeThrowingAct: Not done with hands.


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* VillainousBreakdown: When Alonzo learns about Nanon and Malabar getting together, you can see in his eyes how torn apart he is.
* VillainProtagonist
5th Jun '13 11:40:22 PM foxley
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* ShootTheBuilder: In the original script (and deleted scenes), Alonzo murders the doctor who amputated his arms so he could never reveal Alonzo's secret.
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