Half Man to Star in
Called on Tod
Browning the other night to congratulate him on his excellent
job in staging "Freaks," and was he enthusiastic? Tod's
an old circus man himself, you know, and he had this idea of
inner life among the misfits under his hat for a long time . .
. But that's not the point.
Tod is going to
star Johnny Eck, the Half Man, in a picture which he is
writing . . . . and as Tod outlines it, it's going to be a
whale . . . . No danger of anyone copping this plot, since
there's but one living Half Man and Tod has him under
Johnny Eck is a
youth of twenty years, and his twin brother is a normal
healthy individual who is studying medicine back in the east
where the brothers were born . . . . Johnny is a natural
freak - he was born a half man - and except that his body
ends at the waist, he is as normal as you and I . . . . . He
is an excellent musician, well educated, a reader of the best
literature, and a fine looking chap.
And his brother is
his double - except that he is fully formed.
It is on this that
Tod is planning his scenario . . . . . . .The brother will be
a physician, who
experiments with the
phenomena of nature, and ends up with a terrific catastrophe for
not minding his own business . . . . Probably you can figure it
out for yourself.
"I tell you, Bob,
I've a real actor in Johnny Eck," Tod assured me. "If it
wasn't for his affliction, he could be made into a star . . . .
and at any rate, we may make enough for him so he can quit the
sideshow life, which he abhors, and turn to his true love, which
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