USA Today - 09/11/1992
"...Cagney pulls it off, exhibiting obvious relish for a role that piles him into grotesque Chaney makeup..."
Sight and Sound - 11/01/2008
"[T]his treatment of silent film's man-of-mystery Lon Chaney is more honest than most, and in the second half it offers an interesting glimpse of the Universal backlot in the 1920s."
The story of the legendary film star Lon chaney. Born to deaf and dumb parents, his upbringing is thought to have contributed to his expressive gift of mime. Although successful he was a recluse, earning him the reputation of "The Man of Mystery." Traces his life through his marriages, his trials with his parents and infant son, and recreates many of his famous roles. Academy Award Nominations: Best (Original) Story and Screeplay.
Silent film legend Lon Chaney's life comes to the screen as a tearjerker in which another screen veteran, James Cagney, plays the title role. From the very beginning, as the son of deaf parents, Chaney learned to respect others' differences. He also learned early on that he had a talent for performing, and his gifts took him from the vaudeville stage to the silver screen... and stardom. Despite his triumphs, Chaney suffered several setbacks. He languished as a movie extra for years, weathered two stormy marriages, and in the end, became a bitter man.
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