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Even a Man Who Is Pure of Heart Can Eat Some Cake: Lon Chaney Jr.’s Birthday

Thanks to the fine folks at Movie Brain Rot, I found out that today is Lon Chaney Jr.’s birthday. As you’ve probably gathered from the billions of times I’ve mentioned it, I am a huge fan of The Wolf Man. And The Wolf Man wouldn’t be The Wolf Man without Lon Chaney, Jr. and his hang-dog expression. So here’s to you, Lon Chaney, Jr. Happy birthday, sir. Here are my three favorite non-wolf roles for Mr. Chaney since I’ve already poured my heart out about his best role. Continue reading

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The Wolf Man: Universal Pictures’ Alpha Dog

Each studio had their niche in the early days of Hollywood. For Universal Pictures, it was horror. Over a span of two decades, they banged out one horror icon after another- Frankenstein, Dracula, Bride of Frankenstein, The Invisible Man, The Wolf Man, and finally The Creature from the Black Lagoon. These creature features were smart, they were well written, they were horrific to 1930’s and 40’s movie-goers, they used excellent source material, and they had a heavy influence on later films (more on this later). They were all fantastic. But in an earlier entry, I referenced The Wolf Man as my favorite classic monster flick from Universal. Here’s why: Continue reading

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