Charles Albert (Tod) Browning, Jr. was born July 12, 1880. An American film actor, screenwriter and vaudeville performer, Browning is perhaps best known to classic horror fans as the director of Dracula (1931) and Freaks (1932). However, his career spanned from the Silent Era to the Golden Age with a variety of genres.
On Friday, May 11, Turner Classic Movies (TCM) celebrates Tod Browning by airing a chronological marathon of some of his films from between 1925 and 1929, many of which feature Lon Chaney! Tune in or fire up the DVR; TCM is the best place to watch some of these classics…
5:30 AM (CT)
The Unholy Three (1925)
Crime-Drama. A sideshow ventriloquist (Lon Chaney), midget and strongman form a conspiracy to commit a series of robberies.
7:15 AM (CT)
The Unknown (1927)
Horror-Drama. A criminal on the run (Lon Chaney) hides in a circus and seeks to possess the daughter of the ringmaster… at any cost.
8:15 AM (CT)
The Show (1927)
Crime-Drama. Performers in a Budapest sideshow encounter love, greed and murder. (Features Lionel Barrymore.)
9:45 AM (CT)
West of Zanzibar (1928)
Mystery-Drama. A magician (Lon Chaney) seeks vengeance upon the man who paralyzed him and the illegitimate daughter he sired with the magician’s wife.
11:00 AM (CT)
The Thirteenth Chair (1929)
Mystery-Drama. A man is determined to trap a murderer by staging a seance using a famous medium. (Features Bela Lugosi.)
12:30 PM (CT)
Horror-Drama. The beautiful trapeze artist at a circus agrees to marry the leader of sideshow performers, but his deformed friend discovers she is only marrying him for his inheritance.
1:45 PM (CT)
Fast Workers (1932)
Drama. Whenever Bucker Reilly (Robert Armstrong) gets the urge to marry, his friend, Gunner Smith (John Gilbert), hits on the woman to see if she is true or not.
3:00 PM (CT)
Mark of the Vampire (1935)
Horror-Mystery. When a nobleman in murdered, a professor of the occult blames vampires. However, not all is what it seems… (Features Lionel Barrymore, Bela Lugosi and Lionel Atwill.)
4:15 PM (CT)
The Devil-Doll (1936)
Horror-Drama. An escaped convict uses miniaturized humans to seek vengeance on those who framed him. (Features Lionel Barrymore.)
5:45 PM (CT)
Miracles for Sale (1939)
Mystery. Mike Morgan (Robert Young) creates illusions that magicians use in their shows; however, his hobby is exposing fake spiritualists.