West of Zanzibar (Full Screen)
Warner Archive Collection (series)
When his dying wife returns with a baby girl a year after leaving him for the trader who crippled him, a Limehouse magician vows to get even.
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- Rated: Not Rated
- Run Time: 1 hours, 5 minutes
- Video: Black & White
- Released: May 24, 2012
- Originally Released: 1928
- Label: Warner Archive Collection (MOD)
- Encoding: Region 0 (Worldwide)
- Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.37
Performers, Cast and Crew:
|Starring||Lionel Barrymore, Lon Chaney, Mary Nolan & Warner Baxter|
|Directed by||Tod Browning|
|Edited by||Harry Reynolds|
|Screenwriting by||Elliott Clawson & Waldemar Young|
|Produced by||Tod Browning|
|Director of Photography:||Percy Hilburn|
Description by OLDIES.com:
Revenge is a dish best served cold in director Tod Browning's lurid tale of love and vengeance. When his dying wife returns with a baby girl a year after leaving him for Crane (Lionel Barrymore), the ivory trader who crippled him, a Limehouse magician named Phroso (Lon Chaney) vows to get even. Placing the baby in a Zanzibar brothel, Phroso spends the next 18 years living with cannibals while he waits for the child to come of age. Summoning the debauched young woman to his jungle lair, Phroso plans to reunite the girl with her long-lost father, after which he'll order the natives to kill the trader and burn Crane's daughter alive!
In this lurid Tod Browning melodrama, boasting a thoroughly creepy performance by Lon Chaney, Chaney plays Phroso, a limehouse magician who is thoroughly in love with his wife Anna (Jacquelin Gadsdon). Also in love with Phroso's wife is ivory-trader Crane (Lionel Barrymore). After a performance, Anna tells Phroso that she is leaving him to go away with Crane to Africa. After Phroso confronts Crane, Crane kicks him down a second-floor landing, crippling him. Months later, Phroso, now known as "Dead Legs" Flint, is now seen to be paralyzed from the chest down, and he gets around by pulling himself forward by his hands. He enters a church where he sees Annie has returned, but she is dead at the altar, leaving her child Maizie, whom Dead Legs assumes to be Crane's child, crying next to her. Hate consumes the soul of Dead Legs, and he swears vengeance on Crane. Years pass. Dead Legs is now lording it over a group of African savages as their god. Maizie (Mary Nolan) has been installed at a brothel in Zanzibar and is now a broken-down alcoholic prostitute. Dead Legs conspires to steal some of Crane's ivory so Crane can appear before Dead Legs, and his revenge can be redeemed. He sends for Maizie and reveals her to Crane. He plans on killing Crane and, due to an African tribal custom that says a man's daughter must be burned at the stake when he dies, have the savages have their way with Maizie. But when Crane arrives and he tells Dead Legs that Maizie is not his daughter but Dead Legs' daughter, Dead Legs is stupefied. Crane leaves and is shot by the savages, his body returned to Dead Legs. Now the bloodthirsty savages want Maizie, so that she can be sacrificed at the stake. Dead Legs, as her father, must now conspire a way to save his daughter from certain death.
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