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Man of a Thousand Faces (1957) was a Biographical - Drama Film directed by Joseph Pevney and produced by Robert Arthur.

Academy Awards 1957 --- Ceremony Number 30 (source: AMPAS)

AwardRecipientResult
Best WritingStory by Ralph Wheelwright; Screenplay by R. Wright Campbell, Ivan Goff, Ben RobertsNominated
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Man of a Thousand Faces (1957)

By Beatrice on Jun 19, 2016 From Flickers in Time

Man of a Thousand Faces Directed by Joseph Pevney Written by R. Wright Campbell, Ivan Goff and Ben Roberts; story by Ralph Wheelwright 1957/USA Universal International Pictures First viewing/Netflix rental Man of a Thousand Faces is a?solid biopic featuring one of James Cagney’s classic per... Read full article


Man of a Thousand Faces (1957)

on Apr 8, 2013 From Journeys in Classic Film

**This is my contribution to The Movie Projector’s James Cagney Blogathon. ?You can visit and read the other submissions here.** I always enjoy participating in actor/actress blogathons as they finally force me to open up those individual DVDs I purchased months ago. ?My choice for the James C... Read full article


Lon Chaney, “The Man of a Thousand Faces” (2)

By Brandy Dean on Apr 1, 2013 From Pretty Clever Films

To celebrate the amazing Lon Chaney, I’ve put together a slideshow of a few of his most famous characters. Consider these images a teaser, because still images do not do justice to Lon Chaney’s tranformative performances. For example, in Mr. Wu, Chaney appears physically smaller, well be... Read full article


The Man of a Thousand Faces: "Don't step on it, it might be Lon Chaney!"

By Margaret Perry on Oct 31, 2012 From The Great Katharine Hepburn

The Man of a Thousand Faces: "Don't step on it, it might be Lon Chaney!" "I wanted to remind people that the lowest types of humanity have within them the capacity for extreme self-sacrifice. The dwarfed, misshapen beggar of the streets may have the noblest ideals." (Lon Chaney) “He som... Read full article


The Man of a Thousand Faces: "Don't step on it, it might be Lon Chaney!"

By Margaret Perry on Oct 31, 2012 From The Great Katharine Hepburn

The Man of a Thousand Faces: "Don't step on it, it might be Lon Chaney!" Labels: Lon Chaney, London After Midnight (1927), silent films, The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1923), The Phantom of the Opera (1925) "I wanted to remind people that the lowest types of humanity have within them ... Read full article


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Quotes from

Clarence Locan: Make it 1001 faces, Lon. This is one I've never seen before.


William R. Darrow Jr.: Who are you? What are you doing here?
Lon Chaney: I'm from the collection agency. I've come to collect my wife.


Clarence Locan: What'd you say?
Creighton Chaney at 13: Huh?
Clarence Locan: A thousand faces! Thalberg's been after me to start a new advertising campaign. "The Man of a Thousand Faces"! How's that?


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Facts about

On a trip to Hawaii, James Cagney met Roger Smith stationed there in the Naval Reserve, impressed with his clean-cut good looks and appeal, he encouraged Smith to pursue an acting career. Following the advice and after success in several films, Smith reconnected with Cagney who hired him to play his son, "Lon Jr." in Man of a Thousand Faces. Cagney later cast him as his co-star in the musical comedy-drama Never Steal Anything Small.
Last full length feature film of Philip Van Zandt.
As with most biographical films, the script is a combination of fact and screenwriters' fancy. To give but two examples, Creighton Chaney was not born in a hospital, but at his parents' then-home in Oklahoma City, as was common at the time. Further, Cleva Creighton Chaney was well aware, before her marriage to Lon Chaney, that his parents were hearing-impaired, and had already met them on several occasions.
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