The Shadow of Silk Lennox (December 1, 1935)
Released on December 1, 1935: A local gangster and his mob rob the town bank and get away with it until the G-Men come to town.
Produced by Ray Kirkwood
Directed by Ray Kirkwood
Written by Norman Springer
The Actors: Lon Chaney Jr. (John Arthur 'Silk' Lennox), Dean Benton (Jimmy Lambert), Marie Burton (Nola Travers), Jack Mulhall (Ferguson, aka Fingers Farley), Eddie Gribbon (henchman Lefty Sloan), Larry McGrath (henchman Spike), Allen Greer (henchman Dutch), Theodore Lorch (ward-heeler Kennedy), Frank Niemann (nightclub band leader), Budd Buster (henchman Deacon Fedder), Ace Cain (Inspector Bull), Jules Cowles (murder witness), Murdock MacQuarrie (Haskell, Silk's lawyer), Dick Rush (Detective Captain), Hal Taliaferro (Inspector Swann), Ray Turner (men's room attendant)
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No Grave for the Wolf Man
Creighton Chaney was born in Oklahoma City in 1906 while his mother and father were touring stage performers. Creighton was born prematurely while his parents were performing at Belle Isle Lake, and when the attending doctor could not get the baby boy to start breathing with a sharp slap on the rump, he quickly dunked the baby into the icy waters of Belle Isle Lake, and the baby boy finally started crying and breathing.
Creighton’s father became one of the most famous silent movie stars and Creighton attended school in Hollywood with future actors Fay Wray and Joel McCrea, but when Creighton expressed an interest in acting his famous actor father removed him from Hollywood High and sent him instead to a business school.
Creighton never acted until after his father’s death, and then it was bitter-sweet. After many bit parts under various stage names the studio wanted to give him leading roles . . . Using the name Lon Chaney Jr. instead of his own name, Creighton Chaney. Creighton never wanted to use his father’s name, but he later said that he was starved into using the name . . . . The studio would not give him work unless they could gain the publicity that his father’s name would bring.
Later in life he said that the name he was most proud of was ‘Lon Chaney’ . . . . And the name he despised the most was ‘Lon Chaney Jr.’ Creighton Chaney became a famous character actor for horror movies, and is the only actor to have portrayed all four of the horror characters of his age. He played the Wolf Man, Frankenstein, The Mummy and Count Dracula.
When he died in 1973 his body was donated to a medical school to be dissected by students, and there is no grave and no final resting place for the famous actor.
In this early movie he is a gangster, and a very convincing gangster at that. His mob has just robbed a bank and killed a cop and several bystanders while he is chatting with the police, giving him an air-tight alibi. The town cops are no match for the Smooth-As-Silk nightclub owner, and gangster Silk Lennox knows it. He owns the town and everyone in it, and is not afraid to kill anyone who might challenge him.
The cops cannot get a trace of evidence against him, so they call in the G-Men to help them bring Silk Lennox to justice. Pop a big bowl of white kernel popcorn with plenty of warm melted butter drizzled over it and enjoy the show.
Allen Greer and Eddie Gribbon
Allen Greer shoots with a Tommy Gun
Dean Benton and Lon Cheney Jr.
Frank Niemann and his orchestra
Lon Chaney Jr. and Dean Benton
Lon Chaney Jr. and Eddie Gribbon
Lon Chaney Jr. and Frank Niemann
Lon Chaney Jr. and Jack Mulhall
Lon Chaney Jr. and Murdock MacQuarrie
Lon Chaney Jr.
Marie Burton and Dean Benton
Movie credit screen for Lon Chaney Jr.
the nightclub barmaid
the nightclub bartender and barmaid
Theodore Lorch and Lon Chaney Jr.