Lon Chaney Publicity Photo 1925 The Monster Framed Theater Lobby Display RARE

Lon Chaney Publicity Photo 1925 The Monster Framed Theater Lobby Display RARE
Lon Chaney Publicity Photo 1925 The Monster Framed Theater Lobby Display RARE
Lon Chaney Publicity Photo 1925 The Monster Framed Theater Lobby Display RARE
Lon Chaney Publicity Photo 1925 The Monster Framed Theater Lobby Display RARE

Lon Chaney Publicity Photo 1925 The Monster Framed Theater Lobby Display RARE

Offered for sale is an antique Lon Chaney Publicity Photo from his film "The Monster" (1925,), which features a great image of him as the evil mad scientist Dr. Ziska, and is an ultra rare artifact from the proto-era of horror cinema (see bio info below). The frame measures 9.5" x 8.5", is in "FINE" condition (see details above), and is suitable for display in a permanent archive. Historical Note: this is the very first portrayal of an Evil Mad Scientist character type in cinematic history, and this item includes it's original Art Deco framed theater lobby display.

The Monster by Crane Wilbur. The Monster is a 1925 American silent. Based on the stage play of the same name by Crane Wilbur. The screenplay was written by Willard Mack and Albert Kenyon. It is remembered as an early prototype "old dark house" movie, as well as a precedent to a number of horror film subgenres such as mad scientists with imbecilic assistants, among others. A great shot of the mad doctor and his monstrous cronies can be seen on the Internet. Some sources list the film's release date as March 1925 while others say February. The film has been shown on the TCM. Network with an alternative and uncredited musical score. West later went on to direct The Bat.

(1926) and its later sound remake The Bat Whispers. This was not an MGM movie; it was made by Roland West Productions and Tec-Art, and only distributed by MGM. The film was originally released with lavish color tints that enhanced the eerie mood. The film's tagline was A mystery thriller and a love adventure. The romance of a boy and a girl in a mansion of hidden motives.

A Mansion of Many Doors- A House of Strange Shadows - What lies beyond the door? You'll keep guessing until the very end. John Bowman, a wealthy farmer, is kidnapped one night after two mysterious men lure his car off the road. When the wreckage is discovered the next day, constable Russ Mason Charles Sellon. Forms a search party with Amos Rugg Hallam Cooley.

And Johnny Goodlittle Johnny Arthur. Johnny has just graduated from crime school, receiving a diploma as an amateur detective. Amos and Johnny both work at the general store.

They are both in love with Betty Watson Gertrude Olmstead. Attempting to woo Betty, Amos invites her on a drive in the country. Meanwhile, Johnny has followed a mysterious stranger to the country. The strange man has lured Amos' car off the road and kidnapped the couple.

Johnny accidentally enters a hidden tunnel, and all three end up at Dr Edwards' Sanitarium. Once inside, they are greeted by Dr. , who introduces Rigo (George Austin), Caliban Walter James. , and Daffy Dan Knute Erickson. Ziska explains that he took control of the asylum after it had closed.

After many attempts to expunge the three hostages, they are captured and sent to a dungeon, wherein Johnny finds Dr. Edwards and John Bowman have been kidnapped by Dr.

Edwards tells Johnny that Ziska, Caliban, Rigo and Daffy Dan were once his patients in the sanitarium. Ziska had been a great surgeon who went mad and began to perform unorthodox operations. He now intends to perform experiments on Betty and Amos, attempting to discover the secret of eternal life.

Amos and Johnny are captured and brought to Ziska's laboratory, where Betty lies fastened to a surgical bed. Amos is strapped to the "death chair" and connected to Betty through a transducer. Johnny eludes Ziska's henchmen and escapes up to the roof, sending up flares which are seen by policemen investigating the wreckage of Amos' car. Having escaped, Johnny disguises himself as Rigo and begins to assist the doctor. He frees Betty and Amos and straps Ziska to his own death chair.

Caliban appears and, mistaking the figure in the chair for Amos, activates the transducer, removing Ziska's soul from his body. Realizing his mistake, Caliban is distracted and Johnny captures him by hooking a winch to the monster's feet and hoisting him upside down. The policemen enter the laboratory to find that Johnny has successfully apprehended the madmen and located the kidnapped people. This is enough to gain him the police department's respect as a detective, and to win Betty's heart and hand.

As Johnny Goodlittle, amateur detective. As Russ Mason, a constable. Knute Erickson as Daffy Dan.

As Luke Watson, Betty's father. As Mrs Watson, Betty's mother. Elmo Billings as Freckle-Faced Kid (uncredited). As Townswoman at Accident Scene (uncredited). In the play's 1933 revival, DeWolf Hopper.

Ziska, one of his last roles. Walter James also played Caliban in the 1922 play. The genre and cinematic style of The Monster is ambiguous.

Though preceded by several films such as The Cabinet of Dr. It stands as an early mad scientist. The picture also stands as an early example of an'"old dark house" movie, even preceding The Old Dark House. A distinguishing quality of The Monster which deviates from most horror films is its use of subtle humour in serious or dramatic situations.

As in many conventional comedies, the protagonist Johnny Goodlittle is a comic relief. He is also an early example of an effeminate, cowardly hero, as the actor Johnny Arthur. The style of humor is often ironic. Such as Johnny's faith in candles and flares to call for help, or reliance on his "ingenuity" to overcome dire circumstances. However, unlike many contemporary horror movies that involve comedic elements, the dramatic scenes and eerie effects of The Monster are not intended to be campy.

(1985), nor are they the crux of the plot cf. The Cat and the Canary. Critic Troy Howarth stated Viewers expecting a typical Lon Chaney vehicle are in for a major disappointment, as the actor doesn't show up into well into the picture.

And while he admittedly makes for an alarming presence..... It's not much of a role and doesn't allow him to evoke the kind of audience empathy one normally associates with the great actor. As always, Lon Chaney does excellent work in an unusual character role.

He appears as the sinister surgeon in charge and scores heavily although his role is secondary to that of Johnny Arthur as the boob detective.'The Monster' was a corking stage thriller. As a picture it proves to be somewhat suspenseful, but it seemingly is played too fast to get the full effectiveness that there was in the play... Lon Chaney does not make the crazed surgeon as terrifying a picture as he might have, and in that the film lets down to a certain extent.

The starch seems to have been taken out of the pictorial conception of THE MONSTER by the inclusion of too much light comedy. The result is that, although this film possesses a degree of queer entertainment, it is neither fish, fowl nor good red herring. The thrills that might have chilled one's feet and finger tips end in causing chuckles and giggles... Chaney does not have very much to do, but his various appearances are effective... Chaney looks as if he could have enjoyed a more serious portrayal of the theme.

A thrilling picture--- Movie Weekly. An entertaining comedy and mystery play...

But it will prove too gruesome for tender-hearted people. Spook thriller that mingles laughs and thrills in rapid succession and includes a quantity of hair-raising stunts...

Johnny Arthur's part seems more important than Chaney's ---Film Daily. Brrrr, this one will give you delicious creeps... Film historian Jon Mirsalis opined THE MONSTER will prove somewhat of a disappointment to die-hard Chaney fans, but a delight to connoisseurs of Director Roland West's stylistic Gothic dramas.

Like some of his other works, especially THE BAT and THE BAT WHISPERS, THE MONSTER is a lavish production marked by Gothic sets, lush art design, and is punctuated by both the grotesque and quite a bit of comic relief supplied by Arthur. Leonidas Frank " Lon " Chaney (April 1, 1883 - August 26, 1930) was an American actor. He is regarded as one of the most versatile and powerful actors of cinema, renowned for his characterizations of tortured, often grotesque and afflicted characters, and his groundbreaking artistry with makeup. Chaney was known for his starring roles in such silent horror films. As The Hunchback of Notre Dame. (1923) and The Phantom of the Opera. His ability to transform himself using makeup techniques that he developed earned him the nickname " The Man of a Thousand Faces ". This item is in the category "Entertainment Memorabilia\Movie Memorabilia\Photographs\Pre-1940\Black & White". The seller is "graphxfan" and is located in this country: US. This item can be shipped to United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Denmark, Romania, Slovakia, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Finland, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Estonia, Australia, Greece, Portugal, Cyprus, Slovenia, Japan, China, Sweden, South Korea, Indonesia, Taiwan, South Africa, Thailand, Belgium, France, Hong Kong, Ireland, Netherlands, Poland, Spain, Italy, Germany, Austria, Bahamas, Israel, Mexico, New Zealand, Singapore, Switzerland, Norway, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Kuwait, Bahrain, Republic of Croatia, Malaysia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Panama, Trinidad and Tobago, Guatemala, Honduras, Jamaica, Barbados, Bangladesh, Bermuda, Brunei Darussalam, Bolivia, Ecuador, Egypt, French Guiana, Guernsey, Gibraltar, Guadeloupe, Iceland, Jersey, Jordan, Cambodia, Cayman Islands, Liechtenstein, Sri Lanka, Luxembourg, Monaco, Macau, Martinique, Maldives, Nicaragua, Oman, Peru, Pakistan, Paraguay, Reunion, Vietnam.

Lon Chaney Publicity Photo 1925 The Monster Framed Theater Lobby Display RARE