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October 1957 (USA) See more »
Only Two Women Knew The Secret Behind Lon Chaney, The Fabulous Man Of A Thousand Faces! See more »
The life and career of vaudevillian and silent screen horror star Lon Chaney, his contentious relationship with his neurotic wife, and his premature death. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Nominated for Oscar. Another 1 win See more »
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At times rather inaccurate but still entertaining. See more (42 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

James Cagney ... Lon Chaney

Dorothy Malone ... Cleva Creighton Chaney

Jane Greer ... Hazel Bennet Chaney

Marjorie Rambeau ... Gert

Jim Backus ... Clarence Locan

Robert Evans ... Irving Thalberg (as Robert J. Evans)

Celia Lovsky ... Mrs. Chaney

Jeanne Cagney ... Carrie Chaney

Jack Albertson ... Dr. J. Wilson Shields

Roger Smith ... Creighton Chaney at 21
Robert Lyden ... Creighton Chaney at 13
Rickie Sorensen ... Creighton Chaney at 8
Dennis Rush ... Creighton Chaney at 4

Nolan Leary ... Pa Chaney
Simon Scott ... Carl Hastings

Clarence Kolb ... Clarence Kolb
Danny Beck ... Max Dill

Philip Van Zandt ... George Loane Tucker

Hank Mann ... Comedy Waiter

'Snub' Pollard ... Comedy Waiter
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
John Halloran ... Saloon Proprietor (scenes deleted)
Natalie Masters ... Nurse (scenes deleted)
Harry Antrim ... Cleva's Birth Doctor (uncredited)

Bobby Barber ... Miracle Man Extra (uncredited)
Russ Bender ... Divorce Judge (uncredited)

Marjorie Bennett ... Vera, Housekeeper (uncredited)
June Blair ... Chorine (uncredited)
Nicky Blair ... Cameraman of 'Unholy Three' (uncredited)

Larry J. Blake ... David T. Stone (uncredited)
Harold Bostwick ... Piano Player (uncredited)
Helen Brown ... Mrs. Heinley (uncredited)

Robert Brubaker ... Jack Conway, Director of 'Unholy Three' (uncredited)
John Bryant ... William R. Darrow Jr. (uncredited)
Charles Cane ... Studio Guard (uncredited)
Anna Lee Carroll ... Chorine (uncredited)

Spencer Chan ... Chinese Extra in Bullpen (uncredited)
Bill Chatham ... Shadow Dancer (uncredited)
Jack Chefe ... Extra in Bullpen (uncredited)

Heinie Conklin ... Audience Extra (uncredited)

Billy Curtis ... Harry Earles - Midget Actor in 'The Unholy Three' (uncredited)
Michael Dale ... Reporter at Chaney's House (uncredited)

Troy Donahue ... Assistant Director in Bullpen (uncredited)
Helene Drake ... Script Supervisor, 'Laugh Clown Laugh' (uncredited)
Steve Drexel ... Messenger Boy (uncredited)
Richard Emory ... Assistant Director in Bullpen (uncredited)
William Flaherty ... Assistant Director of 'Hunchback' (uncredited)
Elizabeth Flournoy ... Thalberg's Secretary (uncredited)
Evelyn Ford ... Chorine (uncredited)

Clem Fuller ... Cowboy Extra in Bullpen (uncredited)

John George ... Extra in Bullpen (uncredited)
Jerry Hartleben ... Lon Chaney at 8 (uncredited)

Charles Horvath ... Ivan Linow, Actor playing Hercules in 'Unholy Three' (uncredited)

Robert F. Hoy ... Assistant Director in Bullpen (uncredited)

William Hudson ... David Anderson, Reporter (uncredited)

Dave Kashner ... Flogger of 'Hunchback' (uncredited)

Tom Kennedy ... Audience at Eulogy (uncredited)
Donald Kerr ... Don, a Stagehand (uncredited)
Nancy Kilgas ... Mary Philbin in 'Phantom' (uncredited)

Jess Kirkpatrick ... Police Lieutenant in Hospital (uncredited)
Mike Lally ... Lighting Man of 'Unholy Three' (uncredited)

Louise Lane ... Chorine (uncredited)

Hugh Lawrence ... George Chaney (uncredited)
Walter Lawrence ... Stagehand (uncredited)

Herbert Lytton ... Emergency Room Doctor (uncredited)
Della Malzahn ... Chorine (uncredited)
George E. Mather ... Assistant Director in Bullpen (uncredited)
Joe Merritt ... Assistant Director in Bullpen (uncredited)
Ralph Montgomery ... Director in Bullpen (uncredited)

Carol Morris ... Chorine (uncredited)
Leo Needham ... John Chaney (uncredited)

Eddie Parker ... Studio Guard (uncredited)

Hank Patterson ... Scotty, Stage Door Man (uncredited)
George Pembroke ... Mr. Tait (uncredited)
George Peters ... Director of 'Hunchback' (uncredited)
Foster H. Phinney ... Director of 'Phantom' (uncredited)
Allen Pinson ... Reporter at Chaney's House (uncredited)
Mike Portanova ... Assistant Director of 'Unholy Three' (uncredited)
Paul Power ... Studio Executive (uncredited)
George Ramsey ... Assistant Director (uncredited)

James Seay ... Casting Director (uncredited)
Cap Somers ... Extra in Bullpen (uncredited)
Lelani Sorenson ... Carrie Chaney at 6 (uncredited)

Robert Stevenson ... Policeman, 'Unholy Three' Set (uncredited)
Jane Strangis ... Chorine (uncredited)
Hal Taggart ... Chaney's Divorce Lawyer (uncredited)

Forrest Taylor ... Miracle Man (uncredited)
Ken Terrell ... Reporter at Chaney's House (uncredited)
Jack Tesler ... Orchestra Leader (uncredited)

Sammee Tong ... Chinese Extra (uncredited)
Frances E. Williams ... Louisa, Cleva's Maid (uncredited)

Harry Wilson ... Extra in Bullpen (uncredited)
Annie Yip ... Chinese Extra in Bullpen (uncredited)

Directed by
Joseph Pevney 
Writing credits
Ralph Wheelwright (story)

R. Wright Campbell  and
Ivan Goff  &
Ben Roberts 

Produced by
Robert Arthur .... producer
Original Music by
Frank Skinner 
Cinematography by
Russell Metty 
Film Editing by
Ted J. Kent 
Art Direction by
Alexander Golitzen 
Eric Orbom 
Set Decoration by
Russell A. Gausman 
Julia Heron 
Costume Design by
Bill Thomas 
Makeup Department
Jack Kevan .... makeup artist (unconfirmed)
Bud Westmore .... makeup artist
Production Management
Edward Dodds .... unit manager (uncredited)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Phil Bowles .... assistant director
Ray DeCamp .... assistant director (uncredited)
Sound Department
Leslie I. Carey .... sound recordist
Robert Pritchard .... sound recordist
Robert L. Bratton .... sound editor (uncredited)
Edward L. Sandlin .... sound editor (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Clifford Stine .... special photographic effects
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Marilyn Sotto .... wardrobe: Mr. Cagney
Music Department
Joseph Gershenson .... orchestrator
Milton Rosen .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Ethmer Roten .... musician: flute (uncredited)
Edward Ward .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Other crew
Clarence Kolb .... technical advisor
Marjorie Ramsey .... technical advisor
Reynold Brown .... movie poster art (uncredited)
Adele Cannon .... script supervisor (uncredited)
Doreen Taylor .... singing double: "Malone" (uncredited)
Crew believed to be complete

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122 min
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Westrex Recording System)
Argentina:13 | Canada:G (Ontario) | Finland:K-16 | Sweden:15 | UK:A (original rating) | UK:PG (video) | West Germany:12 (f)

Did You Know?

As with most biographical films, the script is a combination of fact and screenwriters' fancy. To give but two examples, Lon Chaney Jr. was not born in a hospital, but at his parents' then-home in Oklahoma City, as was common at the time. Further, Cleva Creighton Chaney was well aware, before her marriage to Lon Chaney, that his parents were hearing-impaired, and had already met them on several occasions.See more »
Continuity: During Phantom Of The Opera re-creation, position of actress who faints and falls to floor after unmasking Lon Chaney's character shifts from shot to shot.See more »
[first lines]
Guard:Good morning, Mr. Thalberg.
Irving Thalberg:Good morning.
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Movie Connections:
References The Unholy Three (1930)See more »
Jingle BellsSee more »


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4 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
At times rather inaccurate but still entertaining., 30 August 2011
Author: planktonrules from Bradenton, Florida

"Loosely based....". When I hear this about a bio-pic, it is a complete turnoff to me. I think some it was because I was a history teacher--and to me, history is sacred--you tell it exactly like it was. Yet, in so many Hollywood films, the truth isn't deemed interesting enough and they heavily embellish the picture. Thus is the story of Lon Chaney in "The Man of a Thousand Faces". While the main points are correct, Chaney's interesting life just wasn't interesting enough for the folks at Universal and they played fast and loose with some of the facts. I didn't like this--but must acknowledge that it was an entertaining story.

However, there is one other issue about the film about which I have a unique perspective. Like Chaney, I have a deaf family member--in my case, my daughter. And because of this, I can talk about a few things the average viewer wouldn't notice. When the people are using sign language in the film, they really are using sign language--though they do it a bit poorly. As a result, you can see that the parents of Chaney in the film are not natural signers--but I appreciate that they tried. One thing I did not appreciate, however, is that the film seemed to exploit Chaney's parents--creating problems that did not exist in real life. For example, when Chaney's first wife meets them, she has no idea they are deaf--but this was NOT the case in real life and it just felt cheap--like they were capitalizing on their deafness for the sake of a plot gimmick. That was pretty sad.

Aside from my complaints and observations, I still think this is a very good film. Just understand it all is heavily dramatized and you can take some of it with a grain of salt. Also, it was nice to see the silent comic Snub Pollard in a bit scene midway through the film.

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