For a production of "Frankenstein" Lon Chaney Jr. played the creature. Due to his heavy drinking, he thought that the actual performance was just another rehearsal. Instead of actually smashing the props on the set, he simply went through the motions as he did for the rehearsals. See more »
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Here's a bit of trivia for anyone who's a fan of Universal monsters or Lon Chaney:
Lon Chaney starred in this TV show's rendition of the horror classic, and it was filmed live. Unfortunately, when Lon Chaney got dressed up in the Frankenstein Monster makeup (looking similar to Robert DeNiro's incarnation, by the way) and began performing the role live before millions of watchers, he didn't realize that it was the actual performance. He was dog-drunk and was sure that this was only a rehersal. Therefore, instead of smashing chairs and tables, he merely picked them up, pretended to throw them, and then put them back down on the ground....to be smashed for the actual performance. As a result, the episode didn't make a lot of sense, but it sure was fun on a camp-level.
Just figured someone might enjoy this bit of information.
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