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 (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. (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?
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:
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
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
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
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 In – Man 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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