Tod Browning
Film director/actor
Tod Browning
Tod Browning was an American motion picture actor, director and screenwriter. Browning's career spanned the silent and talkie eras. Best known as the director of Dracula (1931), the cult classic Freaks (1932), and classic silent film collaborations with Lon Chaney, Browning directed many movies in a wide range of genres.
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Films | Get your fill of festivals - Kansas City Star
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They'll be playing the original “Planet of the Apes,” the original “Fright Night,” Tod Browning's “Dracula” and other offerings. Lawrence-based filmmaker Patrick Rea will also present one of his features. In addition, this year's fall Slash and Bash
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Movies that scare director Guillermo del Toro - USA Today
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Director Tod Browning, he says, "has almost an unhealthy fascination with the freaks in the movie. He makes the normal characters so morally repulsive. At the same time, with the freaks, there is a morbid angle to them. The whole movie has a sense of
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Movie Review—The Last Circus - Firefox News
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Sure, you can't help notice the obvious nods to the Lon Chaney/Tod Browning era as well as the echoes of Buñuel, Raimi, Jodorowsoksy, and, in a clear North by Northwest- or Saboteur-inspired climax, Hitchcock. (Its opening segment, by dint of its
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Season finale for Music and Movies is Monday - Cannon Falls Beacon
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This year the "bad" movie is Devil Doll, directed by the great 1930s horror-master, Tod Browning. Devil Doll stars Lionel Barrymore as an escaped convict who stumbles upon a scientist able to shrink humans to one-sixth their normal size
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Lon Chaney Movie Schedule: THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA, TELL IT TO THE MARINES ... - Alt Film Guide (blog)
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Dir: Tod Browning. Cast: Lon Chaney, Lionel Barrymore, Mary Nolan. BW-65 mins. 3:45 AM WHERE EAST IS EAST (1929) An animal trapper in Indochina fights to keep his former mistress from destroying their daughter's life. Dir: Tod Browning
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Film Review: The Last Circus - Film Journal
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The circus has been used in just about every conceivable way in films, but perhaps not since Tod Browning's 1932 Freaks has it gone so far over the top in horror, which here assumes the modern guise of stomach-churning violence
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The Wheel Ten Plagues Mission Drift Futureproof Roll up, roll up for a magical ... - Herald Scotland
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Lynda Radley's new play, Futureproof, rewinds back to the sort of travelling roadshow immortalised in Tod Browning's film Freaks, redrawn for the cyber-punk age by the likes of the Jim Rose Circus and last seen in an episode of television sitcom My
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Le diversità di Nikki Sixx - Inside Art
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Pellicole come "Freaks" (1932) di Tod Browning, L'enigma di Kaspar Hauser (1974) diretto da Werner Herzog, "The elephant man" (1980) di David Lynch ed Edward mani di forbice (1990) di Tim Burton hanno affrontato la deformità come attrazione senza mai
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Futureproof explores voyeurism through a 19th century travelling freak show - The List
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Is the ambivalent mix of fascination and pity conjured up by such films as Tod Browning's 1932 shocker Freaks likely to be an obstacle to the play's message? Hill doesn't think so. 'Well, I think what we've aimed to do is remove the immediate emotional
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The Performant: Super Freaks - San Francisco Bay Guardian
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Inspired in part by the imitable Tod Browning film, “Freaks,” Schoen's first foray into playwriting is tinged with longing, deformity, and a calmly rational madness that doesn't so much spiral as glide smoothly forward into the dark
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La era monstruosa - La Vanguardia
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Es cierto que todo tiene sus antecedentes, y que el mundo de Burton se remonta al de La parada de los monstruos (Freaks, 1932), la película de Tod Browning donde trapecistas, forzudos, enanos, mujeres gallina y demás seres deformes, carne de caseta de
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Jodorowsky films make Blu-ray debut - Toronto Sun
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He was inspired to include them after seeing Tod Browning's Freaks (1932) as a child. "They are human beings that have a big corporeal suffering but nature was using all of its imagination to do that. They are an artistic expression!
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THE FUNHOUSE Blu-ray Review - Twitch
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That said there's a pervading sense of a warped 'family' in the relationships at the fair, that recalls Tod Browning's Freaks. There's even a queasy sideshow involving a two headed cow and a mutated foetus in a jar, obliquely alluding to Gunther's
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Tod Browning – From the Sideshow to the Big Screen - Legacy.com
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Director Tod Browning made some of early cinema's spookiest movies, including the classic 1931 version of Dracula. On the day he was born, we take a look at the filmmaker's life and work. Born Charles Albert Browning, Jr. to a well-to-do family in
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Villeneuve en scène - L'inconnu - La Provence
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Pour leur dernière création, ils ont choisi d'adapter Tod Browning, "L'Edgar Poe" du cinéma hollywoodien des années 20 qui marqua le 7ème art de son époque par la particularité de ses thèmes tels que l'insolite, le monstrueux, la marginalité
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Sinemaya yön veren filmler: House on Haunted Hill - HABERTURK
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Zira Tod Browning, Terence Fisher, James Whale gibilerinin 'stüdyo işçisi', FW Murnau gibilerinin ise Almanya çıkışlı entelektüel sanatçı olarak görüldüğü bilinir. William Castle ise daha Schloss soyadını değiştirip isminin peşine 'şato'yu (castle)
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Tod Browning
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 1962
    Age 81
    Died on October 6, 1962.
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  • FORTIES
  • 1930
    Age 49
    After Chaney's death in 1930, Browning was hired by his old employer Universal Pictures to direct Dracula (1931).
    More Details Hide Details Although Browning wanted to hire an unknown European actor for the title role and have him be mostly offscreen as a sinister presence, budget constraints and studio interference necessitated the casting of Bela Lugosi and a more straightforward approach. Although the film is now considered a classic, at the time Universal was unhappy with it and preferred the Spanish-language version filmed on the same sets at night. After directing the boxing melodrama Iron Man (1931), Browning began work on Freaks (1932). Based on the short story "Spurs" by Clarence Aaron "Tod" Robbins, the screenwriter of The Unholy Three, the film concerns a love triangle between a wealthy dwarf, a gold-digging aerialist, and a strongman; a murder plot; and the vengeance dealt out by the dwarf and his fellow circus freaks. The film was highly controversial, even after heavy editing to remove many disturbing scenes, and was a commercial failure and banned in the United Kingdom for thirty years.
    The film was a resounding success, so much so that it was later remade in 1930 as Lon Chaney's first (and only) talkie shortly before his death later that same year.
    More Details Hide Details Browning and Chaney embarked on a series of popular collaborations, including The Blackbird and The Road to Mandalay. The Unknown (1927), featuring Chaney as an armless knife thrower and Joan Crawford as his scantily clad carnival girl obsession, was originally titled Alonzo the Armless and could be considered a precursor to Freaks in that it concerns a love triangle involving a circus freak, a beauty, and a strongman. London After Midnight (1927) was Browning's first foray into the vampire genre and is a highly sought-after lost film which starred Chaney, Conrad Nagel, and Marceline Day. The last known print of London After Midnight was destroyed in an MGM studio fire in 1967. In 2002, a photographic reconstruction of London After Midnight was produced by Rick Schmidlin for Turner Classic Movies. Browning and Chaney's final collaboration was Where East is East (1929), of which only incomplete prints have survived. Browning's first talkie was The Thirteenth Chair (1929), which was also released as a silent and featured Bela Lugosi, who had a leading part as the uncanny inspector, Delzante, solving the mystery with the aid of the spirit medium. This film was directed shortly after Browning's vacation trip to Germany (arriving in the Port of New York, November 12, 1929).
  • THIRTIES
  • 1918
    Age 37
    In the spring of 1918 he left Metro and joined Bluebird Productions, a subsidiary of Universal Pictures, where he met Irving Thalberg.
    More Details Hide Details Thalberg paired Browning with Lon Chaney for the first time for the film The Wicked Darling (1919), a melodrama in which Chaney played a thief who forces a poor girl from the slums into a life of crime and possibly prostitution. Browning and Chaney would ultimately make ten films together over the next decade. The death of his father sent Browning into a depression that led to alcoholism. He was laid off by Universal and his wife left him. However, he recovered, reconciled with his wife, and got a one-picture contract with Goldwyn Pictures. The film he produced for Goldwyn, The Day of Faith, was a moderate success, putting his career back on track. Thalberg reunited Browning with Lon Chaney for The Unholy Three (1925), the story of three circus performers who concoct a scheme to con and steal jewels from rich people using disguises. Browning's circus experience shows in his sympathetic portrayal of the antiheroes.
    He moved back to California in 1918 and produced two more films for Metro, The Eyes of Mystery and Revenge.
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  • 1917
    Age 36
    Browning moved back to New York in 1917.
    More Details Hide Details He directed two films for Metro Studios, Peggy, the Will O' the Wisp and The Jury of Fate. Both starred Mabel Taliaferro, the latter in a dual role achieved with double exposure techniques that were groundbreaking for the time.
    During his convalescence, Browning wrote scripts, and did not return to active film work until 1917.
    More Details Hide Details Booth's sister, Margaret Booth, later a famous MGM editor, never forgave Browning for the loss of her brother. Browning's feature film debut was Jim Bludso (1917), about a riverboat captain who sacrifices himself to save his passengers from a fire. It was well received.
  • 1915
    Age 34
    In June 1915, he crashed his car at full speed into a moving train.
    More Details Hide Details His passengers were film actors Elmer Booth and George Siegmann. Booth was killed instantly, while Siegmann and Browning suffered serious injuries, including in Browning's case a shattered right leg and the loss of his front teeth.
  • 1913
    Age 32
    Between 1913 and 1919, Browning would appear as an actor in approximately fifty motion pictures.
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    In 1913 Griffith split from Biograph and moved to California.
    More Details Hide Details Browning followed and continued to act in Griffith's films, now for Reliance-Majestic Studios, including a stint as an extra in the epic Intolerance. Around that time he began directing, eventually directing 11 short films for Reliance-Majestic.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1880
    Born
    Born on July 12, 1880.
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