Lon Chaney stands pretty much alone in the history of American film. He became one of the biggest stars of the silent era by playing deeply human, invariably grotesque characters.
Chaney's best-known role, the Phantom in "The Phantom of the Opera," is a classic, but until now some of his other equally remarkable parts have been harder to come by.
Now the Warner Archive Collection has reissued several of them, many directed by Tod Browning, the filmmaker who was increasingly on his wavelength.
Earliest of the group is 1926's "The Black Bird," in which Chaney plays a pair of London twins, a kindly but crippled doer of good deeds and a criminal mastermind. But are they really twins?