The Chaney Blogathon! Two men, thousands of faces

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I just can’t stop!

Here is another blogathon and it’s a special one. We are coming up on the 88th anniversary of The Phantom of the Opera (1925). That seems as good an excuse as any to host a blogathon celebrating Lon Chaney. But why settle for just one Chaney when we can have two?

That’s right! Not only will the blogathon be dedicated to Lon Chaney Sr. of Phantom/Marines fame, it will also honor Lon Chaney Jr. of Wolfman/Lennie fame.

The talented Jo of The Last Drive In has stepped in as my co-hostess for the event, her expertise on the spine-tingling classics will make this thing one for the history books!

But who are these Lon Chaneys?

Lon Chaney Sr.

Lon Chaney (1883-1930) was a prolific actor primarily known for his roles in silent horror. Dubbed “The Man of a Thousand Faces,” Chaney’s talent for elaborate makeup helped him create iconic images that terrorized his audience. But you know what? He could be even scarier with no makeup at all. His powerful acting style and sensitive characterization assured his place among silent acting legends. Chaney made one talking picture but tragically succumbed to cancer at the age of 47. Here is his IMDB profile.

Lon Chaney Jr.

Lon Chaney, Jr. (1906-1973) was Chaney’s only son. Born Creighton Chaney, he was renamed after his famous father by a movie producer in 1935. In true Chaney manner, he achieved fame in the horror genre but was also an accomplished character actor who starred in everything from westerns to serials. Throughout his long career, he specialized in tortured men and monsters. Chaney passed away at the age of 67. Here is his IMDB profile.

When does it start?

November 15-18

How to join:

You can contact either Jo or myself via comment or email. Tell us what you will contribute and your preferred posting day. Then all you have to do is snag one of our banners (they’re down there!) and put it up on your site.

What you can contribute:

All things Chaney are welcome, either father or son. Movies reviews, biographies, pictorial posts, video tributes, anything you like! Feel free to review a film even if someone else has claimed it. After all, each reviewer will have a different take. That being said, reviews of more obscure films would be greatly appreciated.

Still not sure what to pick? Here are a few ideas:

The Roster

November 15

Asta’s Doghouse - Newspaper clippings on Lon Chaney Jr.

Cable Car Guy - Chaney Outchaneys Chaney

Forgotten Films - Review of The Mummy’s Curse

Furious Cinema - Review of The Alligator People

Grand Old Movies - Review of Big House USA

The Last Drive In - Review of The Unknown

Movies Silently - Review of The Wicked Darling

Portraits by Jenni - Review of Tell it to the Marines

Pre-Code.Com - Review of The Unholy Three (1930)

Silver Scenes - Review of The Wolf Man

Thrilling Days of Yesteryear - Review of High Noon

November 16

The Artistic Packrat – Review of The Hunchback of Notre Dame

Cable Car Guy – The Face of a Thousand Memories

Destroy All Fanboys – Review of The Defiant Ones

Durnmoose Movie Musings – Review of Frankenstein Meets the Wolfman

Crítica Retrô – Review of The Penalty 

The House of Lizarraga – Chaney Caricatures and Chaney Caricatures 2

Monster Magazine World – Article: Lon Chaney vs Jack Pierce: A Monster Makeup Smackdown

The Motion Pictures - Review of The Black Sleep

Movies Silently – Article on the lost Chaney/Browning film London After Midnight

Once Upon a Screen – To the Lon Chaneys: A Wall of Faces

Silent Volume – Review of Oliver Twist

Silver Screenings – Review of Of Mice and Men

Tales of the Easily Distracted – Review of My Favorite Brunette

Tales of the Easily Distracted - Review of Spiderbaby

November 17

Cable Car Guy - But not as Lon Chaney Jr: Scrapbook

Cinematic Catharsis - Review of West of Zanzibar

Goregirl’s Dungeon - Review of House of Frankenstein

The Hitless Wonder - Tribute to Lon Chaney Sr.

The Last Drive In - A Thousand Faces: Musical Tribute to Lon Chaney Sr & Lon Chaney Jr

Movies Silently - Review of Nomads of the North

Speakeasy - Reviews of Inner Sanctum films

Thrilling Days of Yesteryear - Review of Ace of Hearts

November 18

Cable Car Guy – Listen to that box office howl (tribute to Lon Chaney Jr.)

Classic Movie Hub – Review of Abbott & Costello Meet Frankestein

Destroy All Fanboys – Review of Indestructible Man

Esther J. Cepeda – Review of Mockery

The Hitless Wonder – Lon Chaney Jr. Tribute

Immortal Ephemera - Review of Dead Man’s Eyes

The Last Drive InMan Made Monster Slideshow

Midnight Palace – Video interview with Ron Chaney

The Movie Rat – Review of By the Sun’s Rays

Movies Silently – Lon Chaney GIFs

The Nitrate Diva – Review of The Wicked Darling or Outside the Law

Once Upon a Screen – Review of The Wolf Man

Retro Remote – Review of Riddle Gawne

Silent Volume – Review of The Unholy Three (1925)

Silver Scenes – Review of Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein

TV’s Fault – Review of The Monster

Widescreen World – Review Of Mice and Men

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We will be posting more updates soon!

39 Responses

  1. Lindsey

    Wonderful idea for a blogathon! On the 17th I’d like to contribute a review of a Chaney Jr. film, The Black Sleep. :)

  2. Aurora

    Well, how can I resist!? I’ll dedicate a pictorial to father and son and post a write-up on The wolf Man (1941). Have wanted to for a long time and here’s the opportunity! Another great blogathon idea!

    Let me know if that works. :)

    Aurora

  3. theartisticpackrat

    Already mentioned this on your twitter, but think I’ll review Hunchback with Sr. Have actually never seen most of it but have seen a little of it and have been wanting to see the rest for a while. On the 15th, if that’s okay.

    Really excited about this. Thanks for the great idea for the blogathon.

  4. Michael Laws

    Ooh! Ooh! Ooh! What fun! I wanna play! I’d love to do a take on Jr.’s later woflman movies (yeah, if it’s not obvious yet, the Universal critters hold a special place in my heart. So how about either Frankenstein Meets the Wolfman or a double feature of House of Dracula/House of Frankentstein (that would be one post covering both)? Just slot me in wherever it’ll fit best. And thanks for doing this one.

  5. girlsdofilm

    What a fabulous idea – I would love love love to join in the fun and write about The Unknown, to post on the 17th. Let me know if that suits? So excited to see this film again!

  6. jennifromrollamo

    With a son in the Marines, I have to join the fun, and will blog about 1926′s Tell it to the Marines, with Chaney Sr. as a DS(drill sargeant). They actually filmed it at the San Diego Recruit Depot, and when we were there for our son’s graduation from boot in 2010, it looked a lot like it did in that film.

  7. Joe Thompson

    What a great idea for a blogathon. I’d like to do something with newspaper and magazine clippings, perhaps Senior on 15-16 and Junior on 17 and maybe 18 if I can dig up enough.

  8. Danny

    Since it’s the only one that fits into my wheelhouse, can I do The Unholy Three (1930) for the 15th? Thanks!

  9. Nitrate Diva

    I’m so glad you’re celebrating these amazing men! Chaney Sr. has always been one of my favorites; PHANTOM OF THE OPERA is the first silent movie I ever saw. May I write about that one… or perhaps HE WHO GETS SLAPPED? Thanks!
    ~ND

  10. geelw

    Well, oooh. I actually did a review of The Indestructible Man recently, so I may as well add that to this chiller of a blogathon. Grabbing a banner and putting it up to-day!