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24 October 2000 (USA) See more »
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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4 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
Pretty good documentary, 19 October 2005
Author: preppy-3 from United States

Documentary on silent film star Lon Chaney. It shows his start in the movies back in the 1910s It seems he was born and raised by two deaf mutes...this goes a long way to explaining how he was able to convey so many emotions with his face and gestures. It chronicles his marriages (one produced his only child--Lon Chaney Jr.) and start in show business.

The docu is OK. It does stress that Chaney only did a few horror movies--although that is what he's known for today. It shows rare clips from his many lost films (over 100!) and from virtually all of his surviving ones. It's a great opportunity to see what a great actor Chaney was--but this is lacking. There's VERY little info about his personal life--some people say he was happy go lucky but all accounts I've heard of said he was a very cruel, violent man. There is some interview footage from Chaney Jr.s son talking about his grandfather but that's about it.

The movie consists mostly of footage from Chaney's films or talking heads--people like Ray Bradbury, Forrest Ackerman, Lon Chaney Jr. (in an old interview before his death), various cameraman and such who worked with him.

It's a good chronicle of Chaney's movies but VERY little about his personal life. I give it an 8.

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