Sunday, November 20, 2005

Lon Chaney, Sr.

Lon Chaney, Sr., set a standard in Hollywood makeup that not even his own son could live up to.
(Mr. Chaney doesn't look too threatening there, does he?)
He not only made himself up throughout his much-too-short career in movies like "The Phantom of the Opera"
(Miss Maven remembers nightmares that looked like this!)
but in movies where he had TWO different characters to portray like the lost "London After Midnight."
As the Scotland Yard Inspector . . .
And the . . . shall we say . . . new boy on the block?
(Can Miss Maven say "two-faced?!")
Lon Chaney, Sr., managed to top even himself in the "The Unholy Three" where he played in "straight" makeup as a con and as a sweet little old lady, first in the silent version.
He then did it again for the talkie in 1930.
Miss Maven trusts you will excuse her while she goes and makes a stiff drink for herself and then watches a Shirley Temple movie so she can go to sleep tonight!
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