Face of the Screaming Werewolf, 1964
Another B-movie monster mash up in more ways that one.
Born Creighton Tull Chaney, the son of legendary silent film actor Lon Chaney, never wanted to enter the film industry and prior his father's death he worked for pluming company. However following a couple of bit parts he was cast as Lenny in the screen adaptation of 'Of Mice and Men' - for this he received much praise. The studios had already renamed him Lon Chaney to capitalize on his father's successful career - the "jr." was often missed off just to secure a larger audience misunderstanding of who they were paying to see. Following a successful run under contract with Universal were most memorably played the iconic Wolfman he found himself typecast as a horror star and the remainder of his career saw him appear in ever more increasingly terrible films. Near the end of his life suffering from throat cancer from years of heavy drinking and smoking he played his final role in Dracula vs Frankenstein mute, much like his father might have done in the past. When it comes of legendary B-Movie actors, Lon Chaney is undoubtedly one of the most prolific and entertaining... just don't judge him by this film.
Director: Gilberto Martínez Solares, Rafael Portillo
Writers: Juan García, Gilberto Martínez Solares
Stars: Lon Chaney Jr., Yerye Beirute, George Mitchell
Trivia: After his death, Lon Chaney Jr's body was donated for medical research; his corpse was dissected and his liver and lungs placed in jars as specimens of what extreme alcohol and tobacco abuse can do to human organs.
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