Man of a Thousand Faces (1957) - Rotten Tomatoes

Man of a Thousand Faces (1957)




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Movie Info

James Cagney stars as horror film legend Lon Chaney in this biographical portrait. The son of deaf-mute parents, Chaney earns his first success on the vaudeville circuit, where he learns the creative make-up skills that later earn him the titular nickname.


James Cagney
as Lon Chaney
Dorothy Malone
as Cleva Creighton Chaney
Jane Greer
as Hazel Bennet
Jim Backus
as Clarence Logan
Robert Evans
as Irving Thalberg
Celia Lovsky
as Mrs. Chaney
Jeanne Cagney
as Carrie Chaney
Jack Albertson
as Dr. J. Wilson Shields
Roger Smith
as Creighton Chaney at Age 21
Robert Lyden
as Creighton Chaney at Age 13
Rickie Sorenson
as Creighton Chaney, age 8
Rickie Sorensen
as Creighton Chaney at Age 8
Dennis Rush
as Creighton Chaney at Age 4
Nolan Leary
as Pa Chaney
Simon Scott
as Carl Hastings
Danny Beck
as Max Dill
Philip Van Zandt
as George Loane Tucker
Hank Mann
as Comedy Waiter
'Snub' Pollard
as Comedy Waiter
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Critic Reviews for Man of a Thousand Faces

All Critics (8)

If you can suspend your disbelief, the lousy make-up doesn't detract from how beautiful, moving and loving a tribute to Chaney's legacy the film is.

December 16, 2019 | Full Review…

The picture is a bit too long and its sombre tone may irritate those customers who insist on ridiculing all old movies, but its rich sense of period and atmosphere and Cagney's superb performance make it an item worth seeing.

November 25, 2019 | Full Review…

This is the usual Hollywood biopic that contains almost as much fiction as fact, but that doesn't dim enjoyment of this celebration of one of the all-time great horror stars.

November 2, 2019 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

'Man of a thousand faces' draws the figure of a myth, showing that you can get to the true essence of something, or someone, without being true to facts. [Full review in Spanish]

October 5, 2016 | Full Review…

Hollywoodized biopic not quite saved by Cagney.

October 20, 2004 | Rating: 3/5

Dorothy Malone plays Chaney's nutjob of a first wife with such fire that you practically want to get a restraining order in her yourself.

January 1, 2000 | Rating: 3/5

Audience Reviews for Man of a Thousand Faces


A compelling look at early Hollywood with an outstanding performance from Cagney.

Anthony Valletta
Anthony Valletta

Super Reviewer


cagney is great in this

jay nixon
jay nixon

Super Reviewer

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