Unidentified Lon Chaney Stills

This is a collection of stills that I have not positively identified yet. For several of these I have narrowed them down a bit, but cannot be certain of the film. To give better resolution, these are included as large image files. Click on the link to see the enlarged image. If youthink you have figured one out, send me an e-mail at jon@lonchaney.org and I will post your name on this site and proclaim you as one of the holy ones.

Unidentified #3 c1914; with Murdock MacQuarrie(?) and Pauline Bush. Possibly The Lie (1914), although I don't really think so.

Unidentified #5 c1914; obviously a western setting, and Chaney looks sympathetic, so this could be The Old Cobbler (1914) or possibly The Lamb, the Woman, the Wolf (1914). Interestingly, a similar photo from this film appeared in Moving Picture World incorrectly identifid as Discord and Harmony (1914), but the description for that film clearly doesn't match the western-setting photo.

Unidentified #10 c1914; Possibly Red Margaret, Moonshiner (1913), The Old Cobbler (1914) or The End of the Feud (1914).

Unidentified #13 Michael Blake thinks this is from The Gilded Spider (1916). He could be right, but I think Chaney looks too young, and this outfit is different than other scenes from the film. I think it is more likely from The Menace to Carlotta (1914, Universal/Rex).

Unidentified #15 I'm not convinced this is from any particular film. It could be some kind of publicity shot, or a makeup test. Tod Browning expert Eric Grayson thinks this may be a makeup test from A Blind Bargain (1922) but I can't confirm or deny that.

Unidentified #20 This interesting shot comes from a frame blowup of a tiny fragment of surviving 35mm film. I believe the other players are William Dowland and Pauline Bush, and by process of elimination, the only synopses that seem to fit this photo would be The End the Feud (1914) or An Idyl of the Hills (1915).

Unidentified #21 A very interesting postcard I acquired and "Lon Chaney" is professionally printed on the back of the card. Both the card and the typing appear to be teens vintage. The Lon Chaney Fans group on Facebook has collectively come to the conclusion that this isn't Lon, but it's certainly an interesting shot, so I'm leaving it up for a few more months for everyone to check it out.

Identified Stills!

Special honors go to Juliana Venier, Critt Davis, The Silents Majority, Michael Blake, Richard Day Gore, Allison Shealy and Tracy Valline who idntified Unidentified Stills #1, 2, 4, 6, 7, 8, 9, 12, 14, 17 and 19.

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