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Man of a Thousand Faces ()


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The life and career of vaudevillian and silent screen horror star Lon Chaney, including his contentious relationship with his neurotic wife and his premature death.

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Lon Chaney
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Cleva Creighton Chaney
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Hazel Bennet Chaney
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Gert
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Clarence Locan
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Irving Thalberg (as Robert J. Evans)
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Mrs. Chaney
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Carrie Chaney
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Dr. J. Wilson Shields
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Creighton Chaney at 21
Robert Lyden ...
Creighton Chaney at 13
Rickie Sorensen ...
Creighton Chaney at 8
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Creighton Chaney at 4
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Pa Chaney
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Carl Hastings
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Clarence Kolb
Danny Beck ...
Max Dill
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George Loane Tucker
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Comedy Waiter
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Comedy Waiter
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Saloon Proprietor (scenesDeleted)
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Nurse (scenesDeleted)
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Cleva's Birth Doctor (uncredited)
Emile Avery ...
Stagehand (uncredited)
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Actor in Bullpen (uncredited)
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Miracle Man Extra (uncredited)
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Divorce Judge (uncredited)
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Vera, Housekeeper (uncredited)
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Chorine (uncredited)
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Cameraman of 'Unholy Three' (uncredited)
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David T. Stone (uncredited)
Harold Bostwick ...
Piano Player (uncredited)
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Actor in Bullpen (uncredited)
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Stagehand (uncredited)
Helen Brown ...
Mrs. Heinley (uncredited)
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Jack Conway, Director of 'Unholy Three' (uncredited)
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William R. Darrow Jr. (uncredited)
George Calliga ...
Ceremony Guest (uncredited)
Charles Cane ...
Studio Guard (uncredited)
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Chorine (uncredited)
James J. Casino ...
Stagehand (uncredited)
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Chinese Extra in Bullpen (uncredited)
Bill Chatham ...
Shadow Dancer (uncredited)
Jack Chefe ...
Extra in Bullpen (uncredited)
Dick Cherney ...
Crew Member (uncredited)
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Audience Extra (uncredited)
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Harry Earles - Midget Actor in 'The Unholy Three' (uncredited)
Michael Dale ...
Reporter at Chaney's House (uncredited)
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Assistant Director in Bullpen (uncredited)
Helene Drake ...
Script Supervisor, 'Laugh Clown Laugh' (uncredited)
Steve Drexel ...
Messenger Boy (uncredited)
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Assistant Director in Bullpen (uncredited)
William Flaherty ...
Assistant Director of 'Hunchback' (uncredited)
Elizabeth Flournoy ...
Thalberg's Secretary (uncredited)
Evelyn Ford ...
Chorine (uncredited)
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Cowboy Extra in Bullpen (uncredited)
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Extra in Bullpen (uncredited)
Kenneth Gibson ...
Ceremony Guest (uncredited)
Bhupesh Guha ...
Ceremony Guest (uncredited)
Robert Haines ...
Ceremony Guest (uncredited)
Jerry Hartleben ...
Lon Chaney at 8 (uncredited)
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Ivan Linow, Actor playing Hercules in 'Unholy Three' (uncredited)
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Assistant Director in Bullpen (uncredited)
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David Anderson, Reporter (uncredited)
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Flogger of 'Hunchback' (uncredited)
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Audience at Eulogy (uncredited)
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Actor in Bullpen (uncredited)
Donald Kerr ...
Don, a Stagehand (uncredited)
Nancy Kilgas ...
Mary Philbin in 'Phantom' (uncredited)
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Police Lieutenant in Hospital (uncredited)
Mike Lally ...
Lighting Man of 'Unholy Three' (uncredited)
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Chorine (uncredited)
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George Chaney (uncredited)
Walter Lawrence ...
Stagehand (uncredited)
Robert Locke Lorraine ...
Theatre Patron (uncredited)
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Emergency Room Doctor (uncredited)
Della Malzahn ...
Chorine (uncredited)
George E. Mather ...
Assistant Director in Bullpen (uncredited)
William Meader ...
Ceremony Guest (uncredited)
Joe Merritt ...
Assistant Director in Bullpen (uncredited)
Ralph Montgomery ...
Director in Bullpen (uncredited)
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Chorine (uncredited)
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Townsman in Miracle Man (uncredited)
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Restaurant Patron (uncredited)
Leo Needham ...
John Chaney (uncredited)
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Studio Guard (uncredited)
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Scotty, Stage Door Man (uncredited)
George Pembroke ...
Mr. Tait (uncredited)
George Peters ...
Director of 'Hunchback' (uncredited)
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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)
Ford Raymond ...
Actor in Bullpen (uncredited)
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Casting Director (uncredited)
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Actor in Bullpen (uncredited)
Cap Somers ...
Extra in Bullpen (uncredited)
Owen Song ...
Actor in Bullpen (uncredited)
Lelani Sorenson ...
Carrie Chaney at 6 (uncredited)
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Actor in Bullpen (uncredited)
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Ceremony Guest (uncredited)
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Restaurant Patron (uncredited)
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Policeman, 'Unholy Three' Set (uncredited)
Jane Strangis ...
Chorine (uncredited)
Hal Taggart ...
Chaney's Divorce Lawyer (uncredited)
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Miracle Man (uncredited)
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Reporter at Chaney's House (uncredited)
Jack Tesler ...
Orchestra Leader (uncredited)
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Chinese Extra (uncredited)
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Townsman in Miracle Man (uncredited)
Frances E. Williams ...
Louisa, Cleva's Maid (uncredited)
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Extra in Bullpen (uncredited)
Annie Yip ...
Chinese Extra in Bullpen (uncredited)

Directed by

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Joseph Pevney

Written by

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Ralph Wheelwright ... (story)
 
R. Wright Campbell ... () and
Ivan Goff ... () &
Ben Roberts ... ()

Produced by

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Robert Arthur ... producer

Music by

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Frank Skinner

Cinematography by

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Russell Metty

Film Editing by

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Ted J. Kent

Art Direction by

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Alexander Golitzen
Eric Orbom

Set Decoration by

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Russell A. Gausman
Julia Heron

Costume Design by

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Bill Thomas

Makeup Department

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Jack Kevan ... makeup artist (unconfirmed)
Bud Westmore ... makeup artist

Production Management

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Edward Dodds ... unit manager (uncredited)

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Phil Bowles ... assistant director
Ray DeCamp ... assistant director (uncredited)

Sound Department

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Leslie I. Carey ... sound recordist
Robert Pritchard ... sound recordist
Robert L. Bratton ... sound editor (uncredited)
Edward L. Sandlin ... sound editor (uncredited)

Special Effects by

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Clifford Stine ... special photographic effects

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Marilyn Sotto ... wardrobe: Mr. Cagney

Music Department

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Joseph Gershenson ... orchestrator
Milton Rosen ... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Ethmer Roten ... musician: flute (uncredited)
Edward Ward ... composer: stock music (uncredited)

Script and Continuity Department

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Adele Cannon ... script supervisor (uncredited)

Additional Crew

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Clarence Kolb ... technical advisor
Marjorie Ramsey ... technical advisor
Reynold Brown ... movie poster art (uncredited)
Doreen Taylor ... singing double: "Malone" (uncredited)
Crew believed to be complete

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Plot Summary

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

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Taglines Only Two Women Knew The Secret Behind Lon Chaney, The Fabulous Man Of A Thousand Faces! See more »
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Also Known As
  • L'homme aux mille visages (France)
  • El hombre de las mil caras (Spain)
  • Tuhatkasvoinen mies (Finland)
  • O anthropos me ta 1000 prosopa (Greece)
  • Человек с тысячью лиц (Soviet Union, Russian title)
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  • 122 min
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Did You Know?

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Trivia 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 »
Goofs Lon Chaney was very much against Creighton entering into the film business. He most certainly did not present Creighton with his makeup case on his death bed. See more »
Movie Connections Edited into The Kid Stays in the Picture (2002). See more »
Soundtracks Jingle Bells See more »
Quotes Lon Chaney: The kind of fellows I play, pretty girls don't write to.
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