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Lon Chaney Jr. Signed 8×10 Photo The Wolf Man – COA JSA
Lon Chaney is known for his starring roles in such silent horror films as The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1923) and The Phantom of the Opera (1925). His ability to transform himself using makeup techniques he developed earned him the nickname “The Man of a Thousand Faces.”
The Wolf Man is a 1941 American horror film written by Curt Siodmak and produced and directed by George Waggner. The film features Lon Chaney Jr. in the title role, and also features Claude Rains, Warren William, Ralph Bellamy, Patric Knowles and Bela Lugosi; with Evelyn Ankers and Maria Ouspenskya in supporting roles. The title character has had a great deal of influence on Hollywood’s depictions of the legend of werewolf.
Presented is an 8×10 promotional black and white photo of Lon Chaney turning into the Wolf Man (1941). The Wolf Man proved popular, and so Chaney reprised his signature role in four more Universal films, though unlike his contemporary “monsters,” Larry Talbot never enjoyed the chance to have a sequel all to himself. Frankenstein Meets the Wolf Man (1943) had Talbot’s grave opened on a full night, causing him to rise again (making him, in the subsequent films, technically one of the undead).
The photo was autographed by Lon Chaney in blue pen “9” with the notation, “Luck Love – You’ve been great”.
This item originates from the Louis Basil collection. In the mid-1950’s, Basil moved his family from Chicago to Las Vegas to become one of the city’s best orchestra leaders. He orchestrated at many places with many headlining stars throughout the United States over many years. He performed in places like The Carman Theater in Philadelphia, Loew’s State Theater in New York, The Chicago Theatre in Chicago, The Flamingo Hotel in Las Vegas and The Sahara Hotel Las Vegas. Basil obtained these autographed items in person and many were personalized to him or his family members.
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Lon Chaney Jr.