Beverly Hills, CA: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer [MGM], 1924. Continuity Draft script for the 1925 film. Studio File Copy, rubber-stamped on the front wrapper. Brief notation on one page in holograph pencil.
Based on Tod Robbins' 1917 novel, a classic of horror fiction about a trio of circus freaks who escape captivity in the circus, open a curiosity shop, and use it as a base from which to launch a devastating crime wave. Robbins would see another of his short stories ("Spurs") adapted by Browning as the classic 1932 film, "Freaks."
This is the first of two adaptations, being a silent starring Lon Chaney (as Professor Echo the ventriloquist), Victor McLaglen (as Hercules the strongman), and Harry Earles (as Tweedledee the dwarf). The second version was directed by Jack Conway in 1930 as a talkie, with Chaney and Earles reprising their roles, and Ivan Linow as Hercules.
Set in New York.
Goldenrod titled wrappers, noted as copy No. 2 in holograph ink, and production No. 1505, dated 12/20/24, with credits for screenwriter Young. Title page present, undated, with credits for writer Robbins and screenwriter Young. 113 leaves, with last page of text numbered 111. Multilith reproduction. Pages Near Fine, wrapper Very Good plus, bound with two gold brads.
Lentz US. Weldon 1996.