Rent Man of a Thousand Faces (1957)

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Synopsis:
James Cagney takes the lead in this biopic of silent horror film star Lon Chaney, star of 'The Hunchback of Notre Dame' and 'The Phantom of the Opera'. Born to deaf, mute parents, Chaney, mildly successful as a mime and juggler in vaudeville, employs and later marries his assistant Cleva Creighton (Dorothy Malone). But Cleva's disgust on discovering Chaney's parents are deaf mutes is soon compounded when she gives birth to their son, believing he too will be deaf. With Chaney's vaudeville career taking off, Cleva, psychologically frail, walks out on her husband and son, forcing a cash-strapped Chaney to place his son in a home.
Determined to get his son back, Chaney travels to Hollywood and immerses himself in as much work as he can find, soon building a reputation for himself as a respected and talented artist. Now remarried, and with his life back on track, Chaney's world is turned upside down once more when Cleva reappears demanding the return of her son.
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Directors:
Producers:
Robert Arthur
Writers:
Ralph Wheelwright, R. Wright Campbell, Ivan Goff, Ben Roberts
Studio:
Eureka
Genres:
Classics, Drama
BBFC:
Release Date:
26/01/2009
Run Time:
121 minutes
Languages:
English
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 2.35:1
Colour:
B & W
BBFC:
Release Date:
28/10/2019
Run Time:
122 minutes
Languages:
English LPCM Mono
Subtitles:
English Hard of Hearing
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 2.35:1
Colour:
B & W
BLU-RAY Regions:
B
Bonus:
  • New audio commentary by film scholar Tim Lucas
  • The Man Behind a Thousand Faces, a newly filmed look at Lon Chaney and his legacy by the critic Kim Newman
  • Image Gallery
  • Original Trailer

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