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    The Unholy Three (MGM, 1930). Window Card (14" X 22").
    Lon Chaney spoke onscreen for the one and only time in this his last film. Remade from the original 1925 Todd Browning version, Chaney reprises his role in the story of three sideshow circus performers who escape their captivity and set up a crime syndicate, using a pet store as their cover. Chaney plays Professor Echo, who transforms himself into Grandma O'Grady, a little innocent lady who sells talking parrots to the rich. Also featured is Harry Earle, remembered for his role as Hans in Freaks, who reprises his role as the cigar chomping infant from the earlier version. Posters from any of the Chaney films are difficult to find and highly sought after. Heritage has sold the window card from the 1925 silent version in the past ten years, but this is the first time we have seen this gem! MGM was known for producing duo-tone window cards during this time, so do not be fooled into thinking this is not original to the film, as indeed it is! The card was completely intact and had a tear running from the bottom border just into Chaney's cheek, on which tape was left and some staining was visible. There has been some small amount of airbrush work in the white field to Chaney's right and next to the MGM logo in the bottom left. There was also a small amount of airbrush work in the upper blank imprint area to even it out. Professional restoration has corrected the wear mentioned, and has left the card with a beautiful appearance. It has been cleaned, deacidified and pressed, and left on its original backing. Very Fine-.


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