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

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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 ...

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Overview

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.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780786418138
  • Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
  • Publication date: 3/8/2004
  • Edition description: ALT
  • Pages: 254
  • Sales rank: 1,365,737
  • Product dimensions: 9.00 (w) x 6.00 (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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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments      ix
Preface      vii

1. The Early Years (1906-1931)      4
2. Learning His Craft (1931-1938)      10
3. Of Mice and Men (1939-1940)      24
4. Man-Made Monster and The Wolf Man (1941)      32
5. The Frankenstein Series      42
6. The Mummy Series      59
7. The Inner Sanctum Series      68
8. Son of Dracula and Other Nonseries Universal Films (1941-1946)      81
9. Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein and Supporting Roles      98
10. Character Gems (1952-1955)      111
11. Horror Films, Westerns, and Television (1956-1962)      129
12. The A.C. Lyles Years (1963-1965)      156
13. Exploitation, Decline, and Death (1966-1973)      172
14. The Summing Up      187

Notes      193
Filmography      213
Selected Bibliography      221
Index      223
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