The Chaney Blogathon: Day Three

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Welcome to the third day of our tribute to that legendary father-son duo, Lon Chaney and Lon Chaney, Jr. I will be hosting today and the fourth and final day will be hosted by my talented co-hostess, Jo of The Last Drive In.

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

The Chaney Blogathon: Day One!

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Welcome to the first day of the Chaney Blogathon, an events that celebrates the careers of two Hollywood legends: Lon Chaney, Sr. and Lon Chaney, Jr.

I will be hosting the first and third days and my marvelous co-hostesss, Jo of The Last Drive In, will be taking care of days two and four. (You can read the complete roster here.)

If you are a participant, please send over a link to your post. Otherwise, we will simply link to your blog’s homepage.

So, without further fuss, here is the roster for Day One!

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 Great Katharine Hepburn – Review of The Hunchback of Notre Dame

The Last Drive In – Review of The Unknown

Movies Silently – Review of The Wicked Darling

Nitrate Glow – Review of The Ace of Hearts

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

Chaney Blogathon Update: Unclaimed Films!

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First, I have to say that the response to the Chaney Blogathon has been overwhelming and I am delighted by both the quality and the quantity of participants. (You can read the complete roster here.)

To be honest, before the blogathon was announced, I was a little concerned that Junior would not get as much coverage as his father. What can I say? I have been happily playing in my silent film bubble. Well, I am thrilled to be proven wrong! Both Chaneys are getting a wonderful variety of submissions.

That being said, some excellent movies are still unclaimed. If you are still on the fence about joining in, maybe these titles will change your mind. Let’s start with Lon Chaney, Sr.

By the Sun’s Rays (1914)

This film is thought to be the earliest surviving film appearance of Lon Chaney. He’s the villain. Shocking, no? It’s only 11 minutes long, ideal if you are very busy.

Ace of Hearts (1921)

(via Silent Era)

Anarchists, mad love and Leatrice Joy. What more could you want?

The Monster (1925) Claimed for the Blogathon!

(via Wikipedia)

Chaney is a mad scientist in this horror comedy. Quite a bit of fun, I must say.

The Wicked Darling (1919)

The very first collaboration between Chaney and Tod Browning!

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And now for a few films from Lon Chaney, Jr. I would love to see some of his serial work and more of his westerns get covered.

Pillow of Death (1945)

(via Wikipedia)

Best title ever? I think so.

The Defiant Ones (1958) Claimed for the Blogathon!

(via Wikipedia)

Chaney has a small but important supporting role.

The Black Castle (1952)

(via moviepostershop.com)

How are things at the Old Dark Castle? Plus, we get Boris Karloff!

The Old Corral (1936)

(via moviepostershop.com)

Gene Autry sings but we are here for Lon!

I hope this has given you some ideas! Leave a comment or email me if you want to sign on.

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:

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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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