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Just want to get this out in the open: Lon Chaney is one of the best and most interesting actors of the silent era. I love his work. But the man should never, ever play the vanilla male lead. Ever. Look at that face. That face was made for murder and mayhem or at least the righteous revenge of a sorely wronged man. In Nomads of the North, someone had the brilliant idea of casting him as a heroic fur trapper. His enemy is named Bucky.

I can’t even.

(Read my review here.)

Availability: Released on DVD by Image along with another Chaney film, The Shock. The Image release has a cheeky, fun score from Robert Israel, which adds considerably to its entertainment value. It has also been released as a budget disc by Alpha. I have not seen this version but the print is likely poor and the score is likely canned.

Fun Size Review: Nomads of the North (1920)

Kindred spirits.
No.

Lon Chaney! Famed the world over for his portrayal of monsters, psychopaths, men on the path to self-destruction and… lovey-dovey backwoods fur trappers? Yes, Mr. Chaney was tapped as the romantic lead in this hot mess and the result was not pretty. The miscast Chaney is further hampered by a very strange script, which features talking animals, an overstaffed RCMP and a villain named Bucky. For superfans only.

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(You can read my full-length review here.)

[toggler title=”How does it end? (click here for a spoiler)” ]Lon Chaney survives (!) and wins the heart and hand of his true love (!!!) Bucky burns to death in a forest fire.[/toggler]

If it were a dessert it would be:

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S’mores Burger. Some things that are good on their own just do not belong together. Lon Chaney and lumberjack movies are two of these things.

Availability: Released on DVD by Image along with another Chaney film, The Shock. The Image release has a cheeky, fun score from Robert Israel, which adds considerably to its entertainment value. It has also been released as a budget disc by Alpha. I have not seen this version but the print is likely poor and the score is likely canned.

Nomads of the North (1920) A Silent Film Review

A¬†real rarity for Chaney fans: Our beloved monster plays a straightforward leading man. Lon Chaney and Betty Blythe are a pair of Canadian lovebirds who must flee when he is framed for murder. Lewis Stone plays the Mountie charged with bringing Chaney to justice. And he won’t give up because as the Hollywood Mounties say: “We always get our man!”

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