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Lon Chaney, the silent movie star and makeup artist, renowned for his various characterizations and celebrated for his horror films, becomes the subject of this documentary. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Kenneth Branagh ... Himself / Narrator (voice)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Forrest J. Ackerman ... Himself
Michael F. Blake ... Himself
Teresa Blake ... Herself

Ray Bradbury ... Himself

Lon Chaney Jr. ... Himself (archive footage)

Lon Chaney ... Himself (archive footage)
Ron Chaney ... Himself

Jackie Coogan ... Himself (archive footage)
Arthur Gardner ... Himself
Mary Hunt ... Herself
Sara Karloff ... Herself

Patsy Ruth Miller ... Herself
Edward Montagne ... Himself

Budd Schulberg ... Himself
Malcolm Sebastian ... Himself (as Malcolm Sabiston)
Will Sheldon ... Himself

Orson Welles ... Himself (archive footage)

Loretta Young ... Herself (voice)

Tod Browning ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)

Joan Crawford ... Herself (archive footage) (uncredited)
Erté ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)

Irving Thalberg ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
Waldemar Young ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)

Directed by
Kevin Brownlow 
Produced by
Hugh M. Hefner .... executive producer
Patrick Stanbury .... producer
Original Music by
Nic Raine 
Film Editing by
Christopher Bird 
Kevin Brownlow 
Sound Department
Donna Bertaccini .... sound designer
Ed Colyer .... sound recordist
Peter Jones .... sound recordist
John Rogerson .... dubbing mixer
Camera and Electrical Department
John Ames .... lighting assistant
Graham Latter .... camera operator
Mark Molesworth .... camera operator
Gerald Saldo .... camera operator
Michael Wren .... camera operator
Editorial Department
Nick Adams .... telecine operator
J.R. Broadwater .... telecine operator
Alan Jones .... on-line editor
Michael Peatfield .... on-line editor
Colin Peters .... colorist
Charles Ware .... post-production consultant
Music Department
The City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra .... music played by
Carl Davis .... composer: additional music "The Phantom of the Opera"
Chris Dibble .... music recordist (as Christopher Dibble)
Nic Raine .... conductor
James Fitzpatrick .... music contractor (uncredited)
Other crew
Dal Bahtia .... title designer
Michael F. Blake .... source: films
Michael F. Blake .... special consultant
Kevin Brownlow .... source: films
Rusty Casselton .... source: films (as Harold Casselton)
David Kenten .... source: films
Ted Larsen .... source: films
Jon Mirsalis .... source: still images
Patrick Stanbury .... source: films
Lynne Wake .... additional stills researcher
Lynne Wake .... production coordinator
Michael Yakaitis .... source: films
Kathie Aguilar .... grateful thanks
Karen Alters .... grateful thanks
Lesley Applebee .... grateful thanks
Elaina Archer .... grateful thanks
Linda Blake .... grateful thanks
Serge Bromberg .... grateful thanks
Lawrence Stephen Butler .... grateful thanks
Nancy Cassady .... grateful thanks
Ron Chaney .... special thanks
Margie Compton .... grateful thanks
James Cozart .... grateful thanks
Jim Curtis .... grateful thanks
James D'Arc .... grateful thanks (as James V. D'Arc)
Gary Dartnall .... grateful thanks
Dick Fisher .... grateful thanks
Alexa Foreman .... grateful thanks
David Fuentes .... grateful thanks
Gene Hatcher .... grateful thanks (as T. Gene Hatcher)
Sara Hill .... grateful thanks
Frank Holland .... grateful thanks
Peter Jones .... grateful thanks
James Karen .... grateful thanks
Richard Kozarski .... grateful thanks
Don Krim .... grateful thanks
Peter Langs .... grateful thanks
Tim Lanza .... grateful thanks
Scott MacQueen .... grateful thanks
Richard P. May .... grateful thanks
Roger Mayer .... grateful thanks
Jon Mirsalis .... grateful thanks
Lisa Mitchell .... grateful thanks
Anita Page .... grateful thanks
Kenneth Parker .... grateful thanks
Philip J. Riley .... grateful thanks
Ron Ruthberg .... grateful thanks
Elias Savada .... grateful thanks (as Eli Savada)
George S. Shelps .... grateful thanks
David Shepard .... grateful thanks
Judy Singer .... grateful thanks
David J. Skal .... grateful thanks
Meade Strother .... grateful thanks
Tamar Thomas .... grateful thanks
Vanessa Timms .... grateful thanks
Arianne Ulmer .... grateful thanks
Jeffrey Vance .... grateful thanks
Ken Weissman .... grateful thanks
Beth Werling .... grateful thanks
Peter Westervoorde .... grateful thanks
Bret Wood .... grateful thanks

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7 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
An excellent documentary about the Godfather of horror movies, 30 October 2001
Author: Stephen R. Taylor ( from Westminster, CA, U.S.A.

An excellent documentary about the Godfather of horror-film make-up, horror-movie monsters, and horror-movies period, if you ask me. This study of the "man of a thousand faces" was extremely well done and satisfying. A TCM original, it features many elderly folks who are surprisingly still alive today, and a few who aren't (Coogan and Chaney Jr. are seen in clips from the 1970s), reminiscing either about having worked with this great man, or even, like one sweet old lady, just remembering going to the movies to see Chaney during the times his movies were coming out. Probably the two most interesting things for me here were: 1, that alot of things I'd read about this man previously, in horror-movie book chapters and magazine articles, was that he "may" have been some kind of masochist, because of the pain he had to endure with his elaborate make-ups, particularly in his filmic pinnacle, "Phantom Of The Opera." According to experts and Chaney scholars of today, nothing could be further from the truth. Examples were even given, showing how easy it was to have done some of the things he did, particularly in his early film work, where he did most of his "contortionist" stunts. And 2, the myth of the greatness of the most sadly lost Chaney silent, "London After Midnight," which we've all seen photos from, where he played a vampire with cloak and top-hat, and some very big and bizarre-looking teeth. According to two different now-elderly folks who remember seeing that film, it was actually not very successful at all, and laughable at best! One of them said that Chaney had come up with a certain distinctive walk for this character, and was convinced that Groucho Marx must've seen it, and was inspired by it to come up with his famous crouching Groucho-walk! Many other surprises and interesting facts adorn this documentary; a must for any fan or anyone the least bit interested. ***

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