Some months ago I put together some ads and stills from some lost Jack Pickford films thanks to the wonders of the Media History Digital Library, and got some very nice comments from those of you mad enough to follow the blog. Bearing that in mind, this entry makes a start on looking at the lost and lesser-known films of Lon Chaney in much the same way, along with some publicity shots that I haven’t seen elsewhere. Enjoy. (and yes, I’m sure there will be a part two at some point).
The Kaiser (1918)
Although Chaney doesn’t appear in the picture, I have included the article as the film is directed, produced, written by and starring Rupert Julian, pairing he and Chaney together seven years before Phantom of the Opera.
While Paris Sleeps (1923)
Film Daily magazine were seemingly obsessed with this movie, with these four pictures all appearing on front covers during early 1923.
All The Brothers Were Valient (1923)
Staying with Film Daily, here is a review of the above lost film. Sorry for the feintness of the print in places.
No, not the film featuring Chaney as an armless knife-thrower, but simply an unknown shot. It’s from Movie Weekly in March 1922, but if anyone knows the story behind it, please help us out.
Riddle Gawne (1918)
Riddle Gawne survives in fragment form, and sees Chaney paired for the only time with William S Hart.
The Grand Passion (1918)
Another Chaney film from 1918, although I’m not sure whether Chaney is in this pic or not – my guess is not, but interesting to have a still from another lost Chaney film nonetheless.
The Big City (1928)
One of the most regrettable of the lost Chaney/Browning collaborations. This is Photoplay’s take on the film.
The Miracle Man (1919)
Another legendary mostly-lost film.
Alas and Alack (1913)
The following are screengrabs from the surviving fragment of this early Chaney short in which he plays both a fisherman…and a hunchback.