Classic Entertainment Autographs

Cat. #000901323: LON CHANEY

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Extremely scarce vintage bold pencil signature on a 4x6-inch tan autograph album page, acquired in-person in the 1920s and inscribed to the daughter of author Tod Robbins, who wrote the short story "Spurs" (1923), upon which Chaney's friend Tod Browning based his 1932 classic Freaks. In good condition with a remnants of an affixed magazine image covered in the scan shown here with a small cigarette card, not included. One-of-a-kind horror icon Lon Chaney, Sr. was dubbed the Man of a Thousand Faces for his ability to transform himself, via make-up and body contortion, into every manner of deformed, exotic or unseemly personage. Before his tragic death of cancer at the age of 47, he was unforgettable in Treasure Island (1920), The Penalty (1920), Outside the Law (1920), Oliver Twist (1922), While Paris Sleeps (1923), The Shock (1923), The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1923), He Who Gets Slapped (1924), The Monster (1925), The Phantom of the Opera (1925), the silent and talkie versions of The Unholy Three (1926, 1930), The Blackbird (1926), The Road to Mandalay (1926), Tell It to the Marines (1926), Mr. Wu (1927), The Unknown (1927), Mockery (1927), London After Midnight (1927), Laugh, Clown, Laugh (1928), While the City Sleeps (1928), West of Zanzibar (1928), and Where East Is East (1928).