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The Unknown, directed by Tod Browning, 1927
Wikipedia (this is the beginning of the plot, I don’t want to spoil the whole thing):

"Alonzo the Armless is a circus freak who, while armless, uses his  feet in place of arms. This includes tossing knives in the circus show.  Alonzo, however, is an impostor and fugitive. He still secretly has both  of his arms, but keeps them bound to his torso, with the aid of his  friend Cojo, to keep his real identity secret. Alonzo’s right hand has a  double thumb, which would be easily recognized if his hands were  revealed.
While at the circus, he falls for Nanon, the daughter of the circus  owner. The local circus strongman is also attracted to Nanon, but she  cannot stand being touched by a man, and shuns him. She keeps a  friendship with Alonzo, whom she believes to be armless and therefore  unable to touch her.”

The Unknown, directed by Tod Browning, 1927

Wikipedia (this is the beginning of the plot, I don’t want to spoil the whole thing):

"Alonzo the Armless is a circus freak who, while armless, uses his feet in place of arms. This includes tossing knives in the circus show. Alonzo, however, is an impostor and fugitive. He still secretly has both of his arms, but keeps them bound to his torso, with the aid of his friend Cojo, to keep his real identity secret. Alonzo’s right hand has a double thumb, which would be easily recognized if his hands were revealed.

While at the circus, he falls for Nanon, the daughter of the circus owner. The local circus strongman is also attracted to Nanon, but she cannot stand being touched by a man, and shuns him. She keeps a friendship with Alonzo, whom she believes to be armless and therefore unable to touch her.”

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