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Det Jim McLeod

My Top Ten Lon Chaney Jr Films

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n chronological order,comment on these or post your choices 

 

1) Of Mice And Men(1939)-Chaney plays the child like Lennie,who doesn't know his own strength,heart breaking and haunting,one of the best movies of the 30s. 

 

2) Man Made Monster(1940)Lon is very good and likable as an average guy turned into an electrical killer by mad scientist Lionel Atwill. 

 

3) The Wolf Man(1941)his most famous role,at first he is a happy go lucky guy looking for love,then is transformed into a blood thirsty beast. 

 

4) Frankenstein Meets The Wolf Man(1943)back as the Wolf Man,he has some great scenes especially his outburst at the gypsies singing in the village. 

 

5) Son Of Dracula (1943)this proves he can be very subtle and effective as the evil Count,one of the most atmospheric horror films of the 40s,very underrated. 

 

6) House Of Frankenstein(1944)my favorite of his Wolf Man performances,he has a touching but tragic love affair with gypsy girl Elena Verdugo,she even gets him to smile,they have nice scenes together. 

 

7) Abbott And Costello Meet Frankenstein (1948)final time as Larry Talbot the Wolf Man,somehow manages to still get some scares with his vicious werewolf character playing opposite the comedy team. 

 

8) The Haunted Palace(1963)another subtle and chilling performance here,as an evil warlock who summons his long dead master(played by Vincent Price) 

 

9) Witchcraft(1964)a surprising performance here,as an angry older man who is not what he seems to be. 

 

10) Spider Baby(1968)-his last good role,in a very bizarre horror/comedy,his speech toward the end is very touching and one of his best moments captured on film.

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At long last, my ten favorite Lon Chaney, Jr. movies in order of preference:

Of Mice And Men (1939)
The Wolf Man (1941)
Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein (1948)
High Noon (1952)
Man Made Monster (1941) 
The Defiant Ones (1958) 
Frankenstein Meets the Wolf Man (1943)
House of Frankenstein (1944)
House of Dracula (1945)
Big House, U.S.A. (1955)

I'm on the fence with respect to this topic and Son of Dracula (1943). Although I think it is a fine movie, I also think Mr. Chaney was miscast as Count Dracula.

I've yet to see either Witchcraft (1964) or Spider Baby (1968).

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11 hours ago, LiamCasey said:

At long last, my ten favorite Lon Chaney, Jr. movies in order of preference:

Of Mice And Men (1939)
The Wolf Man (1941)
Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein (1948)
High Noon (1952)
Man Made Monster (1941) 
The Defiant Ones (1958) 
Frankenstein Meets the Wolf Man (1943)
House of Frankenstein (1944)
House of Dracula (1945)
Big House, U.S.A. (1955)

I'm on the fence with respect to this topic and Son of Dracula (1943). Although I think it is a fine movie, I also think Mr. Chaney was miscast as Count Dracula.

I've yet to see either Witchcraft (1964) or Spider Baby (1968).

I am glad someone else is a fan of Lon Jr.

"High Noon" and "The Defiant Ones" are great movies, I did not include them in my list since Lon's roles were so small.

"House Of Dracula" is the only Wolf Man film I did not include, while Chaney is very good and has a happy ending, I thought the film was a bit dull and mostly a rehash of the more entertaining "House Of Frankenstein"

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9 hours ago, Det Jim McLeod said:

I am glad someone else is a fan of Lon Jr.

"High Noon" and "The Defiant Ones" are great movies, I did not include them in my list since Lon's roles were so small.

"House Of Dracula" is the only Wolf Man film I did not include, while Chaney is very good and has a happy ending, I thought the film was a bit dull and mostly a rehash of the more entertaining "House Of Frankenstein"

I guess we have our filters set at different positions (which adds to the fun of the conversation). I included both High Noon (1952) and The Defiant Ones (1958) because, although Mr. Chaney's roles in them was small, I believe that those were important roles for those movie as a whole and roles which he portrayed well. I did ignore movies that I liked that he appeared in but which his appearance was small and unimportant (for example, Jesse James (1939) with Mr. Chaney as, per IMDb, "One of James Gang").

My inclusion of his first four Wolf Man movies is because they cover the entire arc of his Larry Talbot character and that, to me, is the glue that holds those movies together. And the reason that I had the last three listed one after the other.

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