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Lon Chaney

October 29, 2000

While the tribute to Lon Chaney was extensive and tasteful, ("Studying Chaney's Many Faces," Oct. 20), and a commemorative postage stamp was issued a few years ago honoring Lon Chaney (as well as a stamp honoring Bela Lugosi and Boris Karloff, the "Big Three" of the Universal Horror Genre), I felt the article was lacking in the citing of only two obscure films done by his son, Lon Chaney Jr.

After all, I'm certain Michael Blake would agree that Lon Chaney Jr. proved his acting ability as Lennie in the 1940 classic, "Of Mice and Men," and that he was as convincing as "the Wolfman" as Bela Lugosi was as Dracula.

And why was there no mention of the famed, recently reopened Silent Movie Theater on north Fairfax? It's probably the only theater in Southern California where you can still see the genius of Lon Chaney on screen.

EDDIE CRESS

Sylmar

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