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Halloween Day 19: Lon Chaney on Lon Chaney

Lon Chaney Jr. from You Asked For It

Day 19 has typically been a day for us to feature The Chaneys in some form or fashion. Because Papa Chaney was fantastic. Nobody could work his face in silent film like Chaney. And I’m not just talking about the makeup jobs that he would create for himself–I’m talking about the way he would literally just use his face to portray what was going on. And I know that sounds like a no-brainer in a silent film, but how many have you seen? Some people are just acting without speaking and some manage to Act Without Speaking. Here, in an episode of You Asked For It from 1951, they ask Lon Chaney Jr. just what made his dad so freaking good. And the answer is pretty awesome.