LON CHANEY (ca. 1926) Early MGM portrait


[Los Angeles: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, ca. 1926]. Vintage original 10.5 x 13.5″ (26 x 33 cm.) sepia toned double weight glossy silver gelatin print still photo, USA. Minor border wear. Minor crease at bottom right corner, near fine. 

This striking portrait of Lon Chaney is most likely to publicize his 1926 film The Blackbird. The film gave him the opportunity to play contrasting dual personalities: as the villainous deformed Blackbird and the saintly Bishop.

“Lon Chaney Metro Goldwyn Mayer” printed on bottom left. Still is coded “LC-2”. Ink country-of-origin stamp on verso. 

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