Tod Browning’s 1925 mood piece about a crime syndicate made up of a midget, a strong man, and a ventriloquist who poses as a little old lady. Browning’s obsession with deformity, sexual aberration, and death yielded many great moments but few wholly satisfying films—up until his masterpiece of 1932, Freaks. With Lon Chaney, Harry Earles, Victor McLaglen, Mae Busch, and Matt Moore.