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A Brief Ode to Tie-In Fiction

I’ve just been reading London After Midnight by Marie Coolidge-Rask. This is the 1928 novelization of the Tod Browning film starring Lon Chaney. It is one of the most famous of lost films, one that has tantalized generations of horror movie fans with the gorgeous stills of Chaney in monstrous make-up, even as it frustrates with the knowledge of the twist — the vampires in the film are not the real deal, and are part of the plan by Inspector Burke of Scotland Yard (Chaney again) to unmask a murderer. 772 more words

Monsters Are Such Interesting People - Kongo

Kongo (1932) I’d never even heard of this pre-code gem, that is a remake of Tod Browning/ Lon Chaney’s West of Zanzibar (which I haven’t seen) from 1928. 111 more words

The [Other] Brothers Johnson

Many know the guitar playing Brothers Johnson of the 70’s and 80’s, but fewer know the filmmaking Brothers Johnson: Noble and George. They founded the Lincoln Motion Picture Company in 1916 to depict the talent and the intellect of “the Negro as he is in his everyday life.” 547 more words


The Shock (1923)

Wilse Dilling (Lon Chaney) is a man with a bad reputation, known as “dangerous” by the police in Chinatown, where he lives. He has few friends, due not only to his bad reputation, but also to the fact that he can’t walk without the assistance of crutches or a wheelchair (which people judge him for). 549 more words


Laugh, Clown, Laugh (and also freak us out a little.)

As I gloated in a previous post, I was able to attend a rare screening of the silent 1928 Lon Chaney film Laugh, Clown, Laugh, on April 24th, 2015, at the glorious Patio Theater, in Chicago. 1,459 more words

Why Victor Frenchstone?

Frankenstein is a familiar and well established piece of literature.  The vast majority of us have never read the novel are our understanding is based on derivatives such as movies with Boris Karloff and Lon Chaney.   177 more words

Outside the Law (1920)

Crime, treachery, redemption, friendship, love. Those are some of the ingredients in the classic silent Outside the Law, directed by Tod Browning.

Browning has gone down in history for a handful of truly classic films, not least Dracula (1931) and… 234 more words

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