An excellent portrait of the life of Lon Chaney Jr
For the hard core Chaney fans this episode of Biography provides no new information but it is entertaining and touching in it's tribute to Lon. What I love about Biography or at least the earlier years of Biography is the fact that they would do shows about obscure people that the mainstream audiences may not have expected them to do a show about. Lon Jr is someone who it is easy to make assumptions about simply because sadly a great deal of people think of him as a drunkard who got to where he was by riding the coat of his father's legacy. This biography talks to people who personally acted with Chaney, and some film historians. We get to see some footage from rare films in which Lon was in in the 30's like Midnight Taxi. What I like here is that the people interviewed are very sincere, we see some bias from Ron Chaney who is entitled to it, and some annoyance from Forest Ackerman who isn't a fan of Chaney Jr to begin with but for the most part this is a straight forward documentary.
I really wish Biography would go back to this format of being a documentary instead of a tabloid type show
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