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Lon Chaney, Jr.: Horror Film Star, 1906-1973
     

Lon Chaney, Jr.: Horror Film Star, 1906-1973

by Don G. Smith
 

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Though he was haunted by the shadow of his legendary father and devastated by alcoholism, Lon Chaney, Jr., carved out a very successful film career as Universal’s leading horror star in the 1940s, and later as a leading character actor in Westerns, dramas, and on television. While rightly focused on the career of the underrated actor, this study also explores

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Though he was haunted by the shadow of his legendary father and devastated by alcoholism, Lon Chaney, Jr., carved out a very successful film career as Universal’s leading horror star in the 1940s, and later as a leading character actor in Westerns, dramas, and on television. While rightly focused on the career of the underrated actor, this study also explores his life and times.

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Classic Images
welcome...extensive...comprehensive
Scarlet Street
exhaustive...well researched
Penguin Comics
excellent...insightful...filmography...is extremely useful and intriguing. Reference books of this quality and affection are rare. This tribute is long overdue and welcome
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“welcome...extensive...comprehensive”—Classic Images; “exhaustive...well researched”—Scarlet Street; “excellent...insightful...filmography...is extremely useful and intriguing. Reference books of this quality and affection are rare. This tribute is long overdue and welcome”—Penguin Comics; “a valuable biography of a seldom discussed icon...recommended”—Midnight Marquee; “useful information regarding the actor’s mainstream work and his lesser-known television performances, including an invaluable section devoted to them in the filmography”—Filmfax; “portrays a decent person who was an effective actor, and who was haunted by such despair that the hopelessness of his movie roles seemed the lesser of two evils”—San Francisco Examiner Magazine; “the first entire book on Lon Chaney...a welcome release”—Psychotronic; “a fitting tribute to Chaney’s importance to horror films”—The Other Side of Show Business; “required reading for fans of Golden Age horror”—Film Review; “admirable job”—Little Shop of Horrors; “good”—Videoscope; “refreshing”—Cornerstone Magazine.
San Francisco Examiner Magazine
portrays a decent person who was an effective actor, and who was haunted by such despair that the hopelessness of his movie roles seemed the lesser of two evils
Filmfax
useful information regarding the actor's mainstream work and his lesser-known television performances, including an invaluable section devoted to them in the filmography
Midnight Marquee
a valuable biography of a seldom discussed icon.... Recommended

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780786418138
Publisher:
McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date:
03/08/2004
Edition description:
ALT
Pages:
248
Sales rank:
1,200,877
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.49(d)

Meet the Author

Don G. Smith is an associate professor in history and philosophy of education at Eastern Illinois University. He has written for numerous publications, including Filmfax, Scarlet Street, Movie Collector’s World and Midnight Marquee. He lives in Riverview Florida.

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