A magician turns detective to investigate murder and a phony seance. (TCM.com)
Paul Lavond was a respected banker in Paris when he was framed for robbery and murder by crooked associates and sent to Devil's Island. Years later, he escapes with a friend, a scientist who was working on a method to reduce humans to a height of mere inches (all for the good of humanity, of course). Lavond however is consumed with hatred for the men who betrayed him, and takes the scientist's methods back to Paris to exact painful revenge. (imdb)
Sir Karell Borotyn appears to have been killed by Count Mora, a vampire believed to haunt the local village... (imdb)
Gunner and Bucker are pals who work as riveters. Whenever Bucker gets the urge to marry, which is often, Gunner will hit on his girl to see if she is true or not. So far, Gunner has not failed. But one night, while Gunner is in jail, Bucker meets Mary, a tough dame with a line. He falls for her, and she falls for his dough. But Mary is already a gal pal of Gunner, and no two know about the third one. The trouble starts when the triangle is revealed too late. (imdb)
Treachery is discovered amongst a traveling circus sideshow. (imdb)
The ancient vampire Count Dracula arrives in England and begins to prey upon the virtuous young Mina
Prizefighter Mason loses his opening fight so wife Rose leaves him for Hollywood. Without her around Mason trains and starts winning. Rose comes back and wants Mason to dump his manager Regan and replace him with her secret lover Lewis. (imdb)
Fingers is planning a half-million-dollar bank robbery in gang boss Cobra Collins' territory. Fingers' moll Connie tries to bluff Cobra into thinking the hit won't be for another week when the call comes through saying it's now. (imdb)
Although his murdered friend was by all accounts a scoundrel a true "bounder" Edward Wales is determined to trap his killer by staging a seance using a famous medium. Many of the 13 seance participants had a reason and a means to kill, and one of them uses the cover of darkness to kill again. When someone close to the medium is suspected she turns detective, in the hope of uncovering the true murderer. (imdb)
"Tiger" Haynes (Chaney) is a animal trapper in China who lives with his beautiful daughter, Toyo (Velez). Toyo soon becomes romantically involved with Bobby (Hughes), who turns out to be the son of one of Tiger's old friends. Tiger puts Bobby to work, but on one of their trips, Bobby becomes infatuated with Madame de Sylva (Taylor), who is in reality Toyo's mother and Tiger's ex-wife. When Madame de Sylva learns of Bobby's plans to marry Toyo, she interferes and trouble arises. (imdb)
Magician Phroso's wife Anna leaves him for another man, named Crane, who fights with Phroso and leaves him paralyzed. Later Anna returns and he finds her dead, leaving behind a daughter. For 18 years Phroso, known as "Dead Legs" by his cronies, plots his revenge, becoming a pseudo-king in East Africa, nearby where Crane has set up an ivory business.(imdb)
A criminal hides in a circus by posing as an armless knife thrower, and seeks to possess the daughter of the ringmaster at any cost.
An unlikely love story surrounding a Budapest sideshow. (TCM.com)
The abandoned home of a wealthy man who supposedly committed suicide five years earlier is taken over by ghoulish figures - could they be vampires?
A benevolent bishop helps the needy during the day, but his brother runs a crime syndicate at night.
Chaney plays Singapore Joe, the one-eyed proprietor of a Mandalay bordello. Joe's convent-bred daughter Rosemary is totally ignorant of her father's existence and of course knows nothing of the manner in which her education was financed. When the girl falls in love with Admiral Edward Harrington, Joe recognizes the admiral as one of his old partners in crime and vows to save Rosemary from ruining her life, but Harrington has totally reformed. (answers.com)
Three sideshow performers leave their lives of captivity and become "The Unholy Three." Echo the ventriloquist assumes the role of a kindly old grandmother who runs a bird shop. Tweedledee, the "twenty inch man," becomes her grandbaby, and Hercules is their assistant. Soon an incredible crime wave is launched from their little store. (imdb)
A good Tod browning movie but without Lon Chaney. Anyway, the story sounds here quite strange and dark. Mystery and drama fans will be delighted by this story of a young eastern european woman hired to the new world. This one is quite rare on TV, so if you can don't miss it !
Three crooks pull off a magnificent crime. As they're forced to hide out together they slowly begin to distrust each other. (imdb)
In Shanghai, an American girl smuggling opium is put under surveillance by an American agent disguised as a mining engineer. The two fall in love, and she determines to get out of the drug business, but she is afraid of the man who is the head of the drug ring for which she worked.
Black Mike (Lon Chaney) is a despicable gangster who lures Molly (Priscilla Dean), the daughter of a San Francisco underworld leader, back to a life of crime. Mike frames Molly's father for murder and then plots to double-cross her as well. But Molly's hard heart is slowly melted by her gangster lover. (Wikipedia)
A slum girl is forced to steal for a living. After she swipes a rich society's matron's necklace, she hides out at the home of a man who turns out to be the socialite's former fiance. (imdb)
By the Sun's Rays (1914) - Short Film
The earliest surviving film featuring Lon Chaney in a major role, By the Sun's Ray's was but one of several 2-reel westerns starring the florid Murdock MacQuarrie. MacQuarrie plays a detective investigating a series of gold shipment robberies. Along the way, he falls for a mine superintendent's pretty daughter (Agnes Vernon), much to the dismay of a sullen mine office clerk (Chaney), who is also smitten with the girl... (All Movie Guide)