Classic Entertainment Autographs

Cat. #0009021211: LON CHANEY, JR.

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Exceptionally rare and absolutely incredible framed 10x8-inch black and white Universal Studios publicity still-- never examined outside of its display, but believed to be an original print-- boldly signed and inscribed in black felt-tip pen in the 1960s. Accompanied by an official Universal Studios C.O.A. In good condition, with a an extremely light crease running from the top down to right side near his hand, only visible if the piece is angled toward a light source, and the plexi-glass in the frame has a light scratch on the right side. Note that RR Auction has only sold two autographed photos of Chaney as the Wolf Man in this size, one for $5,620 in May, 2019, and one for $4,576 in July, 2020. Carrying on his father's legacy, Lon Chaney, Jr. was a bona fide icon of the horror, science-fiction and fantasy genres, channeling his personal battle with chronic alcoholism into the role of the tormented lycanthrope Larry Talbot in The Wolf Man (1941). He reprised the role in Frankenstein Meets the Wolf Man (1943), House of Frankenstein (1944), House Of Dracula (1945), and Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein (1948), and was also memorable as Captain Hakur in Undersea Kingdom (1936); the Monster in The Ghost of Frankenstein (1942); Kharis in The Mummy’s Tomb (1942), The Mummy’s Ghost (1944) and The Mummy’s Curse (1944); the Count in Son of Dracula (1943); Dr. Steel in Calling Dr. Death (1943); Professor Reed in Weird Woman (1944); Bear in Ghost Catchers (1944); the blind artist in Dead Man’s Eyes (1944); Alex Gregor in The Frozen Ghost (1944); Jeffrey Carter in Strange Confession (1945); Wayne Fletcher in Pillow of Death (1946); The invulnerable Butcher in Indestructible Man (1956); Dr. Munroe in The Black Sheep (1956); Martin Melville in The Cyclops (1957); Manon in The Alligator People (1959); the werewolf in La Case del Terror (1960); Satan in The Devil’s Messenger (1961); Simon Orne in The Haunted Palace (1963); the mummified wolf man in Face of the Screaming Werewolf (1963); Morgan Whitlock in Witchcraft (1964); Belial Desard in House of the Black Death (1965); Dr. Mendell in Dr. Terror’s Gallery of Horrors (1967); Bruno in Spider Baby (1968); and Groton in Dracula vs. Frankenstein (1971).