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  Lon Chaney.
Photograph: courtesy Jon Mirsalis at
(1929) American
B&W : Nine reels / 7785 feet / 86 minutes
Directed by William Nigh

Cast: Lon Chaney [‘Grumpy’ Anderson], Phyllis Haver [Zella], James Murray [Tommy], George Duryea (Tom Keene) [Jim], Frances Norris [Molly], Wally Albright Jr. [Davey], John MacIntosh [a railroad worker], Jay Berger, Frankie Genardi

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures Corporation production; distributed by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Distributing Corporation. / Produced by Hunt Stromberg. Scenario by Byron Morgan and Ann Price, from a screen story by Byron Morgan. Art direction by Cedric Gibbons. Costume design by David Cox. Dance director, George Cunningham. Technical advisors, Arthur Spantikow and Lindsay Pruner. Production manager, J.G. Mayer. Assistant director, Frank Messenger. Cinematography by Henry Sharp. Stills photography by Bert Lynch. Intertitles by Joe Farnham (Joseph Farnham). Edited by Ben Lewis. / Released 8 July 1929. / Movietone 35mm spherical 1.20:1 format. / Haver’s final film. Chaney’s final silent film. / Some location photography was taken in Green Bay, Wisconsin. / Silent film, with synchronized music and sound effects.


Survival status: The film is presumed lost; only approximately half of a reel from the film has survived.

Current rights holder: (unknown)

Keywords: USA: Wisconsin: Green Bay

Listing updated: 14 June 2015.

References: Blake-Films p. xv; Marrero-Vintage p. 22; Sweeney-Coming p. 140; Weaver-Twenty p. 77 : ClasIm-224 p. C14 : Website-IMDb : with additional information provided by Danny Burk.

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