6.9/10
340
5 user 1 critic

Lon Chaney: A Thousand Faces (2000)

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.

Director:

Kevin Brownlow
Reviews

On Disc

at Amazon

3 nominations. See more awards »

Photos

Add Image Add an image

Do you have any images for this title?

Learn more

More Like This 

Certificate: Passed Crime | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

A romantic rivalry among members of a secret society becomes even tenser when one of the men is assigned to carry out an assassination.

Director: Wallace Worsley
Stars: Lon Chaney, Leatrice Joy, John Bowers
Certificate: Passed Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

A professional clown and a self-indulgent count learn to help each other with their problems, but then become romantic rivals.

Director: Herbert Brenon
Stars: Lon Chaney, Bernard Siegel, Loretta Young
Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

A magician seeks vengeance upon the man who paralyzed him and the illegitimate daughter he sired with the magician's wife.

Director: Tod Browning
Stars: Lon Chaney, Lionel Barrymore, Mary Nolan
Universal Horror (TV Movie 1998)
Documentary | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

A documentary examining the early days of horror films, particularly those crafted at Universal Studios during the 1930s.

Director: Kevin Brownlow
Stars: Kenneth Branagh, Christopher Adamson, John Augur
The Road to Dracula (Video 1999)
Documentary | Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

A look at the history of the infamous vampire Dracula, and how the original 1931 film came to be.

Director: David J. Skal
Stars: Carla Laemmle, Clive Barker, Bob Madison
Documentary | Horror | Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Documentary about the making of 1935's "Bride of Frankenstein."

Director: David J. Skal
Stars: Joe Dante, Christopher Bram, Scott MacQueen
Biography | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

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.

Director: Joseph Pevney
Stars: James Cagney, Dorothy Malone, Jane Greer
Drama | Romance | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

A bitter clown endeavors to rescue the young woman he loves from the lecherous count who once betrayed him.

Director: Victor Sjöström
Stars: Lon Chaney, Norma Shearer, John Gilbert
Edit

Cast

Complete credited cast:
Kenneth Branagh ... Himself / Narrator (voice)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Forrest J. Ackerman ... Himself
Michael F. Blake Michael F. Blake ... Himself
Teresa Blake Teresa Blake ... Herself
Ray Bradbury ... Himself
Lon Chaney Jr. ... Himself (archive footage)
Lon Chaney ... Himself (archive footage)
Ron Chaney Ron Chaney ... Himself
Jackie Coogan ... Himself (archive footage)
Arthur Gardner Arthur Gardner ... Himself
Mary Hunt Mary Hunt ... Herself
Sara Karloff Sara Karloff ... Herself
Patsy Ruth Miller ... Herself
Edward Montagne Edward Montagne ... Himself
Budd Schulberg ... Himself
Edit

Storyline

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. We learn of his deaf mute parents, his own long-delayed ability to talk and the origins of his expressive face and hands, which were to serve him so well in his career. He started as a touring stage actor where he met the singer, who became his first wife, and gave him the child who later became a lesser horror star on his own. Lon Chaney's early film roles lead to his first fame as a contortionist in "The Miracle Man," and then on to the horror roles, that are well remembered today, and to the varied character roles, that are still beloved of silent movie fans. Lung cancer ends his life, and we learn how the world reacted. Finally, there is a mysterious anecdote about Lon Chaney's tomb. Written by J. Spurlin

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


Edit

Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 October 2000 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Lon Chaney: El hombre de las mil caras See more »

Filming Locations:

Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Connections

References Sands of Iwo Jima (1949) See more »

Soundtracks

Laugh, Clown, Laugh!
(1928)
Lyrics by Sam Lewis (as Lewis) and Joe Young (as Young)
Music by Ted Fio Rito
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

A great documentary which may FINALLY show Chaney in the proper context!
4 January 2002 | by jhpx3See all my reviews

This was a great documentary with excellent interviews and clips; could have done without Branagh though. This docu seems to finally remove the taboo labeling of horror star from Lon; showing the casual viewer that he made many, many , many more films that merely Phantom & Hunchback; and that a horror star he WAS NOT. Can't wait for it to come out on DVD. A


7 of 9 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 5 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Stream Trending Movies With Prime Video

Enjoy a night in with these popular movies available to stream now with Prime Video.

Start your free trial



Recently Viewed