Man of a Thousand Faces | Chicago Reader

Man of a Thousand Faces

James Cagney gives it all his drive and speediness, but this plodding, straight-line 1957 biography of Lon Chaney Sr. never comes close to capturing the actor's obsessiveness or offering any insights as to how he made his personal pain and humiliation accessible and meaningful to a mass audience. Just as Houdini galvanized the world with his bondage act at the turn of the century, so did Chaney make masochism a cultural force in the 1920s. There was a lot more to Chaney—both as a man and as an artist—than meets the eye of director Joseph Pevney. With Dorothy Malone, Jane Greer, Marjorie Rambeau, and Robert Evans; photographed in CinemaScope by Russell Metty.


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