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Man of a Thousand Faces (1957)

 |  Biography, Drama  |  October 1957 (USA)
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The life and career of vaudevillian and silent screen horror star Lon Chaney, his contentious relationship with his neurotic wife, and his premature death.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Hazel Bennet Chaney
Marjorie Rambeau ...
Gert
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Clarence Locan
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Irving Thalberg (as Robert J. Evans)
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Mrs. Chaney
Jeanne Cagney ...
Carrie Chaney
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Dr. J. Wilson Shields
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Robert Lyden ...
Rickie Sorensen ...
Dennis Rush ...
Nolan Leary ...
Pa Chaney
Simon Scott ...
Carl Hastings
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Storyline

Loose biography of actor Lon Chaney. Growing up with deaf parents, he learns what it is like to be different. As an actor, he puts that knowledge (together with lots of make-up and talent) to use playing a variety of strange, unusual characters, adopting their characteristics so thoroughly as to be called the Man of a Thousand Faces. Written by Ken Yousten <kyousten@bev.net>

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Who were the women who twisted his life and love...igniting the flame of his genius, driving him to immortal fame? See more »

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Biography | Drama

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October 1957 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Der Mann mit den 1000 Gesichtern  »

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The film opens at a memorial for Chaney at the Lon Chaney sound stage. The camera pulls in to a closeup of the plaque that designates the building. The face on the plaque is that of James Cagney not Lon Chaney. This was done because Cagney and Chaney looked nothing alike. See more »

Goofs

Chaney died in 1930. In one scene, however he drives up to his cabin in a 1937 Packard. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Guard: Good morning, Mr. Thalberg.
Irving Thalberg: Good morning.
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Connections

References Laugh, Clown, Laugh (1928) See more »

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Jingle Bells
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Written by James Lord Pierpont (1857)
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There'll never be another Cagney!
15 October 2001 | by (Fords,NJ) – See all my reviews

I just this afternoon watched Man of 1000 Faces starring the magnificent!! James Cagney.... what a talent he was... & this is a fine film bio of another screen great, Lon Chaney, Sr.../ Cagney is wonderful and gives a tour de force performance... why he wasn't Oscar nominated for this I'll never Know???? I do not know how accurate a film bio this is... but its entertaining and moving.. Cagney is the reason for seeing this film,,,he is ably supported by Dorothy Malone, (who sometimes tends to overemote but is effective in this), Jane Greer, looks and acts wonderfully, Jim Backus, and a very young Roger Smith... Good makeup, interesting plot, and Cagney's at top form... (maybe his least appreciated role) My parents introduced me to movies early on... Dad favored Warner Bros. Mom, MGM, but what treats and talents I inherited fom both...Warners gave us Bogey, Bette,and Cagney....MGM, Garbo, Gable & Crawford,), we will never see talents such as these again... rent or buy Man of 1000 Faces 1957 !


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