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Tod Browning (story)
Waldemar Young (scenario)
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Release Date:
3 December 1927 (USA) See more »
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LON CHANEY in a great Scotland Yard Mystery See more »
Plot:
The abandoned home of a wealthy man who supposedly committed suicide five years earlier is taken over by ghoulish figures - could they be vampires? Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Lon Chaney was a giant in his field.... See more (22 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Lon Chaney ... Professor Edward C. Burke

Marceline Day ... Lucille Balfour

Henry B. Walthall ... Sir.James Hamlin

Percy Williams ... Williams, Balfour's Butler

Conrad Nagel ... Arthur Hibbs

Polly Moran ... Miss Smithson, the New Maid

Edna Tichenor ... Luna, Bat Girl
Claude King ... Roger Balfour
Andy MacLennan ... Bat Girl's Assistant
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Allan Cavan ... Real Estate Broker (uncredited)
Jules Cowles ... Gallagher (uncredited)

Directed by
Tod Browning 
 
Writing credits
Tod Browning (story "The Hypnotist")

Waldemar Young (scenario)

Joseph Farnham (titles)

Produced by
Tod Browning .... producer
Irving Thalberg .... producer (uncredited)
 
Cinematography by
Merritt B. Gerstad  (as Merrott B. Gerstad)
 
Film Editing by
Harry Reynolds 
Errol Taggart (uncredited)
 
Makeup Department
Lon Chaney .... makeup artist (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Harry Sharrock .... assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Cedric Gibbons .... settings
A. Arnold Gillespie .... settings (as Arnold Gillespie)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Wallace Chewning .... assistant camera (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Lucia Coulter .... wardrober
 
Music Department
Jack Feinberg .... set musician (uncredited)
Sam Feinberg .... set musician (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Ernst Luz .... cue sheet compiler
 
Crew believed to be complete


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69 min (22 fps)
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The main character's likeness inspired the scary creature in The Babadook (2014).See more »
Quotes:
Miss Smithson, the New Maid:I - locked her in there -
Miss Smithson, the New Maid:Oh, sir... it was 'orrible! Miss Lucille was bidding me good-night, - --
Miss Smithson, the New Maid:- and then, sir I screamed, and frightened 'im! And out of the window 'e flew!
Professor Edward C. Burke:Smithson, have you been drinking?
Miss Smithson, the New Maid:Oh, no, sir! If I 'ave... I 'opes I chokes on the next one!
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Referenced in Lost Emulsion (2016)See more »

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Has this movie been found? I've seen ads for it on TCM and it's part of "The Lon Chaney Collection" DVD set!
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13 out of 22 people found the following review useful.
Lon Chaney was a giant in his field...., 11 July 2006
Author: nefastus from United States

To those who think that Chaney was just an OK actor, sadly have no clue what they are talking about. To make a statement such as he let his makeup do his acting also do not know that one of his most famous roles as the drill Sergeant in "Tell It To The Marines".The role earned him a honorary status among the Corp. So not only was Chaney a master of make-up, earning him the title of a man of a thousand faces, but also that of an exceptional actor with a range of emotions that could flash across his face that would later inspire the likes of Burt Lancaster to state "one of the most compelling and emotionally exhausting scenes I have ever seen an actor do." Lancaster was referring to the scene from "the Unknown" in which Chaney portrayed an armless knife thrower in love with a young Joan Crawford.

To say make up was his "gimmick",is ignorant at best, it was more of an extension of the man and the actor. For Chaney didn't limit himself to just one area, physically he performed acts that would later bring him a place in film history such as the con artist that fakes being crippled to be healed by a charlatan in the "Miracle Man." The scene had people swearing that Chaney was a contortionist or double jointed, when in fact it is more a credit to his acting skills. Also in the "Penalty", he actually had a harness that he wore to bind his legs behind him and tucked into leather stubs. The pain allowed him only to wear the harness for fifteen minutes at a shoot, but Chaney insisted no trick photography be used. In "The Unknown", he had his arms bound up in a harness as well, you only have to watch the film to see not only the weird twist the movie takes, but also Chaney's cleverness.

Lon Chaney died at the age of 47. It is ironic that his last movie was a "talkie", a remake of the silent classic "The Unholy Three" in which he did more than one voice. That of an old woman, a parrot and a ventriloquist. He proved to audiences that he was more than capable of transcending silent to sound.

At his death production was stopped at Hollywood to observe a moment of silence, the Marine Corp flew their flag at half staff. Wallace Berry flew over his funeral and dropped wreaths of flowers. He said, "Lon Chaney was the one man I knew who could walk with kings and not lose the common touch."

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