Day 19 has typically been a day for us to feature The Chaneys in some form or fashion. Because Papa Chaney was fantastic. Nobody could work his face in silent film like Chaney. And I’m not just talking about the makeup jobs that he would create for himself–I’m talking about the way he would literally just use his face to portray what was going on. And I know that sounds like a no-brainer in a silent film, but how many have you seen? Some people are just acting without speaking and some manage to Act Without Speaking. Here, in an episode of You Asked For It from 1951, they ask Lon Chaney Jr. just what made his dad so freaking good. And the answer is pretty awesome.
Previously, we opened Day 19 with John Carradine and Lon Chaney Jr.. Then in 2008, we did a round-up of Chaney Sr. bits. And before we settled on The Chaneys, we gave you, in year one, the trailer for the original Hitcher.