Mini Tribute: Tod Browning

Born July 12, 1880 Director Tod Browning!

Tod Browning directed over 60 films from 1915 through 1939, and is probably best known for directing Dracula (1931) and Freaks (1932), as well as his silent film collaborations with Lon Chaney.

After running away from home at the age of 16, Browning started performing in carnivals and sideshows. He later moved onto Vaudeville as a contortionist, then to acting in motion pictures — first in shorts (in 1913), then with his uncredited feature film debut in D.W. Griffith’s Intolerance (in 1916). He moved on to directing shorts in 1915 and then to directing feature films in 1917. He met Lon Chaney in 1919, which resulted in ten collaborative films efforts including The Blackbird, The Unholy Three and The Unknown. After Chaney’s death in 1930, Browning went on to direct his best-known films, Dracula (1931) and Freaks (1932). Other notable Browning films include Mark of the Vampire and The Devil-Doll.

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Tod Browning DirectorTod Browning

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Bela Lugosi, Helen Chandler and Tod Browning on the set of Dracula (1931)Bela Lugosi, Helen Chandler and Tod Browning on the set of Dracula (1931)

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Tod Browning with Lionel Barrymore in The Devil DollTod Browning with Lionel Barrymore (‘disguised’ as woman) on the set of The Devil-Doll (1936)

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–Annmarie from Classic Movie Hub

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