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.

Don G. Smith is an associate professor in history and philosophy of education at Eastern Illinois University. In addition to his book, The Poe Cinema (2003 [1999], $35), he has written for numerous publications, including Filmfax, Scarlet Street, Movie Collector's World, Color Collector's Guide, and Midnight Marquee. He lives in Charleston, Illinois.

Editorial Reviews

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
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
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.70(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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