Where East Is East | Chicago Reader

Where East Is East

In his autobiography Budd Schulberg writes of seeing director Tod Browning in regular, enthusiastic attendance at the brutal marathon dances of Hollywood in the early 1930s—an anecdote that rings chillingly true in light of his films. Where East Is East (1929) is reputed to be his most sadistic work, a study of a deformed animal trainer who keeps his daughter captive. The star, inevitably, is Lon Chaney, the screen's reigning masochist. With Lupe Velez as the daughter, Estelle Taylor as Chaney's unfaithful wife, and Lloyd Hughes as the handsome man who walks into all this. 75 min.


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