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Chaney, Lon 1883-1930

Works: 212 works in 641 publications in 7 languages and 7,223 library holdings
Genres: Drama  Film adaptations  History  Fiction  Juvenile works  Adventure stories  Silent films  Horror films 
Roles: Actor, Director, Performer, Costume designer, Commentator
Classifications: PN1997, 791.4372
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Most widely held works by Lon Chaney
The phantom of the opera by Rupert Julian ( Visual )
143 editions published between 1925 and 2011 in 7 languages and held by 1,953 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
A melodrama about a strange man who lives in the catacombs below the Paris Opera House and his love affair with an opera starlet whom he tutors
The hunchback of Notre Dame by Wallace Worsley ( Visual )
73 editions published between 1900 and 2010 in English and No Linguistic content and held by 1,217 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Set during the reign of Louis XI. Clopin bought Esmeralda from the gypsies when she was young. Dancing in the square at the festival, Esmeralda is spotted by Jehan, the evil brother of the good archdeacon. When he sets Quasimodo out to kidnap Esmeralda, Phoebus, Captain of the Guards, rescues her and captures Quasimodo. The courts sentence Quasimodo to a flogging, and the only one who will give him water while he is tied in the square is Esmeralda. Quasimodo falls in love with her. After Clopin forces Esmeralda to leave Phoebus at the ball, she sends a note to Phoebus to meet her at Notre Dame. In the garden, Phoebus is stabbed in the back by Jehan. Esmeralda is accused of stabbing Phoebus, convicted by the courts and sentenced to hang. When Esmeralda again rejects Jehan, he tells her that Phoebus is dead, even though it is not true. Clopin, Phoebus and Quasimodo all try different ways to save Esmeralda
Lon Chaney collection ( Visual )
5 editions published between 1998 and 2003 in English and No Linguistic content and held by 265 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"He who gets slapped" was the first film ever produced by the M-G-M studios. In this very experimentally artful film, director Seastrom presented esoteric subject matter in highly symbolic scenes. The story involves a circus performer known simply as "He," who is soundly disgraced by his wife and her lover, The Baron. He is the paradox of the circus clown who is always performing in the show to make others laugh, while away from the crowd he is unhappy, still suffering from the slaps of life's reality. In "The unholy three, " two sideshow performers commit robberies by masquerading as an elderly lady and a small child. The film was so popular with audiences that Chaney appeared in a talking version of the movie in 1930. "The unknown" features Chaney playing an armless knife thrower in a circus, using his bogus deformity as a ruse to hide from the police. He is deeply in love with the circus owner's daughter, who coincidentally has a phobia of having men's arms around her. Chaney's performance with his feet (even lighting his own cigarettes with them) and his attempt to become "authentic" in order to permanently seal his relationship with the girl both contribute to making this the strangest love story ever recorded on film
The penalty by Wallace Worsley ( Visual )
14 editions published between 1920 and 2012 in English and held by 243 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
When an incompetent doctor amputates the legs of a young boy, he has no idea that the youth will grow up to be the immoral and embittered Blizzard, a criminal mastermind who orchestrates a bizarre and heinous plot to avenge himself upon his malefactor
Only the valiant ( Visual )
3 editions published between 2008 and 2013 in English and held by 162 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
A Cavalry officer volunteers for a suicidal mission to fight the hostile Apaches in an effort to prove his loyalty to his men and the woman he loves
Oliver Twist by Frank Lloyd ( Visual )
24 editions published between 1922 and 2009 in 5 languages and held by 161 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Story of an orphan born in a workhouse who is starved, mistreated, sold as an apprentice and finally runs away to London
Outside the law ( Visual )
11 editions published between 1921 and 2009 in English and held by 130 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
In "Outside the law", Lon Chaney in a dual-role, stars as a kind-hearted Confucian and also as a murderous underworld figure. The two characters represent light and darkness, weighing upon the conscience of the film's protagonist, Molly, who must choose between them. In "Shadows", Chaney stars as a Chinese laundryman who becomes involved in extortion
He who gets slapped by Victor Sjöström ( Visual )
25 editions published between 1924 and 2012 in 5 languages and held by 117 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Slap him once, slap him 100 times, the Big Top crowd roars. The clown known to delighted throngs as HE has made a comedic art of getting batted around. Life has battered him even more. Behind the mask, HE hides the torment of once being a brilliant scientist whose research and wife were stolen by a colleague. And behind the mask, when the time comes, HE realizes his revenge
The unholy three by Jack Conway ( Visual )
10 editions published between 1930 and 2010 in English and held by 99 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
In an hypnotic mix of creepiness and crime, a ventriloquist dons a granny disguise to team with a strongman and a little person in a bizarre robbery scheme that ends in murder
The Boris Karloff collection ( Visual )
1 edition published in 2006 in English and held by 97 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The strange door: The servant of an evil nobleman plots to free the madman's helpless prisoners but finds himself facing the horrors of the dungeon's deathtrap
Nomads of the north ( Visual )
7 editions published between 1987 and 2006 in English and Undetermined and held by 79 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Lon Chaney, one of the most gifted and versatile actors of the silent era, headlines this exciting double bill of action classics. In "Nomads of the North" (1920, 77 min.), three men vie for the love of beautiful Nanette Roland while the majestic north woods become the site for murder, a manhunt, and a raging forest fire. Chaney plays Nanette's true love, Raoul Challoner, who arrives to stop her forced marriage. An accidental death sends the couple fleeing to the north, where lawman Corporal O'Connor (Lewis Stone) doggedly pursues them--and the mayhem begins. Then, Chaney portrays dope-peddling, safecracking, handicapped hoodlum Wilse Dilling in "The Shock" (1923, 89 min.), a gripping gangster yarn. Dragging himself from the darkness of Chinatown to the redemptive sunlight of the countryside, Dilling turns away from his life of crime but finds himself pulled back when the father of the woman he loves is blackmailed. Drawn into a whirlpool of vice and intrigue, Dilling fights to retain his humanity as the film careens to a spectacular, earth-shaking climax
The hunchback of Notre Dame. by Victor Hugo ( Book )
1 edition published in 2005 in English and held by 74 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
One of the first great novels of the Romantic era, Victor Hugo's The Hunchback of Notre Dame has thrilled generations of readers with its powerfully melodramatic story of Quasimodo, the deformed hunchback who lives in the bell tower of medieval Paris's most famous cathedral. Feared and hated by all, Quasimodo is looked after by Dom Claude Frollo, a stern, cold priest who ignores the poor hunchback in the face of his frequent public torture. But someone steps forward to help--the beautiful gypsy Esmeralda, whose single act of kindness fills Quasimodo with love. Can the hunchback save the lovely gypsy from Frollo's evil plan, or will they all perish in the shadows of Notre Dame? An epic tale of beauty and sadness, The Hunchback of Notre Dame portrays the sufferings of humanity with compassion and power. --Publisher
Victory ( Visual )
5 editions published between 2004 and 2006 in English and Undetermined and held by 63 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Victory: An uncommitted wanderer settles on an island in the South Seas and gives a a troubled young woman refuge. The villainous Ricardo invades the island to steal their treasure
The Great American Western by Miles Deem ( Visual )
1 edition published in 2004 in English and held by 53 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Savage guns: A tavern owners double-crosses the wrong man and he and his posse get revenge by shooting up the bar and then burning it down. One man survives and manages to pull himself from the burning wreckage. He is taken in by strangers and nursed back to health. He takes a vow to stalk down the killer and his cohorts
Shadows by Tom Forman ( Visual )
9 editions published between 1986 and 2012 in English and French and held by 44 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Lon Chaney stars as a Chinese laundryman caught in a web of small-town jealousy and extortion in Shadows
The shock ( Visual )
6 editions published between 1923 and 2003 in English and Undetermined and held by 43 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
A crippled gunman is sent on a mission of revenge. Includes special effects of the San Francisco earthquake
Lon Chaney behind the mask ( Visual )
2 editions published in 1995 in English and held by 38 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Lon Chaney: behind the mask: Documentary portrait of the Man of a Thousand Faces, detailing his professional climb to notoriety and offering fascinating insights into his true character. By the sun's rays: Chaney takes a villainous turn in a frontier setting in this virtually unseen 1914 western
The Armchair Theater production the golden age of silent films ( Visual )
1 edition published in 1996 in English and held by 38 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Each film is introduced along with inside information about each film and its glamorous stars
Oliver Twist The light of faith ( )
1 edition published in 2006 in English and held by 38 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Oliver is a workhouse orphan who finds himself in with some bad company, but he eventually finds the happiness he deserves ; A thief steals a goblet believed to be the Holy Grail, in order to restore the health of the woman he loves
Mr. Wu ( Visual )
4 editions published in 2010 in English and No Linguistic content and held by 36 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Raised by his grandfather to adhere to the ancient laws of China, Mandarin Wu is a strict authoritarian. However, he is a doting father to his beautiful daughter Nang Ping. Nang Ping is to be married to a man of her father's choosing, a man she does not even know. But she falls in love with a dashing British visitor to China, Basil Gregory. Basil informs Nang Ping that he must return to Britain with his family, but she surprises him with the revelation that she carries his child. Wu learns of his daughter's dishonor and lets the ancient laws of China lead him relentlessly toward tragedy
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Alternative Names
Chaney, Alonzo, 1883-1930
Chaney, Leonidas 1883-1930
Chaney, Leonidas Frank, 1883-1930
Chaney, Leonides Frank 1883-1930 Wirklicher Name
Chaney, Lon
Chaney, Lon Sr
Chaney, Lon Sr. 1883-1930
The Man of a Thousand Faces 1883-1930
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