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Limb & Spinal Conditions: Major Films  
TitleWest of Zanzibar (1928)
Alternative/Original Title
DisabilityLimb
CountryUSA
Length63
GenreAdventure
Rating3
DirectorTod Browning
CastLon Chaney Lionel Barrymore Mary Nolan Warner Baxter Jacqueline Gadsdon
NotesSilent, B/W. Chaney plays Phroso a 'cripple' referred to as "Dead legs". Phrosos got his disability when his wife told him she was leaving him for an ivory trader, Crane. When Phroso confronted Crane he was pushed downstairs and lost the use of his legs. He gets about by dragging himself along on his hands. Phroso swears revenge and follows his wife and Crane to Africa. There he becomes a sort of god among the African 'savages'. In his plot to get Crane he uses a prostitute, Maizie, who he thinks is Crane's daughter. The Africans' custom is that the daughter of the soon to be dead man, Crane, is burned at the stake. Meantime she is thrown to the Africans for their pleasure. But Crane tells him Maizie is his, Phroso's, daughter. So after the 'savages' kill Crane Phroso has to work out how to save Maizie. Remade as Kongo (1932) with Walter Huston. The British film (1954) of the same name is nothing to do with those above. For more details visit the excellent Lon Chaney site at: http://members.aol.com/chaneyfan/

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