When his dying wife returns with a baby girl a year after leaving him for Crane (Barrymore), the trader who crippled him, a Limehouse magician named Phroso (Chaney) vows to get even. West of Zanzibar
West of Zanzibar (1928) starring Lon Chaney, Lionel Barrymore
Revenge is a dish best served cold in director Tod Browning’s lurid tale of love and vengeance starring Lon Chaney, Lionel Barrymore and Mary Nolan. When his dying wife returns with a baby girl a year after leaving him for Crane (Barrymore), the ivory trader who crippled him, a Limehouse magician named Phroso (Chaney) vows to get even. Placing the baby in a Zanzibar brothel, Phroso spends the next 18 years living with cannibals while he waits for the child to come of age. Summoning the debauched young woman to his jungle lair, Phroso plans to reunite the girl with her long-lost father, after which he’ll order the natives to kill the trader and burn Crane’s daughter alive!
Cast of characters
- Lon Chaney (HE Who Gets Slapped) … Phroso. The crippled magician, who rightfully blames Crane for his condition. Crane crippled him, and stole his wife.
- Lionel Barrymore (You Can’t Take It With You, It’s a Wonderful Life) … Crane. The ivory trader, whom Phroso spends literally decades planning his revenge on.
- Mary Nolan (Desert Nights) … Maizie. Anna’s daughter, whom Phrase has raised in a brothel !?! thinking that she’s Crane’s daughter. And in the jungle, he plans a final revenge on Crane. It involves Crane’s murder. And then he plans to have Maizie burned alive on his funeral pyre!
- Warner Baxter (42nd Street) … Doc. Phroso’s assistant, who falls in love with Maizie.
- Jacqueline Gadsdon (The Mysterious Island 1929) … Anna. Phroso’s unfaithful wife, who leaves him for Crane. A year later she’s found dead in a church. With a baby girl lying next to her. Which Phroso plans to use as the center of his revenge on Crane.
- Tiny Ward (The Hoose-Gow, Some More of Samoa) … Tiny.
- Kalla Pasha … Babe
- Curtis Nero (Kongo) … Bumbu