Classic Hollywood: Classic movies this week: Tod Browning on TCM

Robert Young and Florence Rice
Robert Young and Florence Rice in “Miracles For Sale” from 1939.
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TCM is paying homage Monday to pioneering horror film director Tod Browning (“Dracula”) with 10 of his films, including four of the unsettling silent classics he made with Lon Chaney at MGM: 1925’s “The Unholy Three,” 1926’s “The Blackbird,” 1928’s “West of Zanzibar” and 1929’s “Where East Is East,” as well his brilliant but highly controversial 1932 “Freaks,” which stars actual sideshow performers such as Prince Randian, who was just a torso.

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Also airing are 1927’s “The Show,” with John Gilbert and Renée Adorée, which is also set in a sideshow; 1929’s “The Thirteenth Chair,” which features “Dracula” star Bela Lugosi in a small role, and Browning’s final film, the low-budget 1939 murder mystery “Miracles for Sale,” with Robert Young and Florence Rice. For more information go to