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Man of a Thousand Faces (13-Aug-1957)

Director: Joseph Pevney

Writers: R. Wright Campbell; Ivan Goff; Ben Roberts; Ralph Wheelwright

Music: Frank Skinner

Producer: Robert Arthur

Keywords: Drama, Biography

NameOccupationBirthDeathKnown for
Jack Albertson
16-Jun-1907 25-Nov-1981 The Man on Chico and the Man
Jim Backus
25-Feb-1913 3-Jul-1989 Mr. Howell on Gilligan's Island
James Cagney
17-Jul-1899 30-Mar-1986 New York tough guy
Robert Evans
Film/TV Producer
29-Jun-1930   The Kid Stays In The Picture
Jane Greer
9-Sep-1924 24-Aug-2001 Out of the Past
Dorothy Malone
30-Jan-1925 19-Jan-2018 Written on the Wind
Marjorie Rambeau
15-Jul-1889 6-Jul-1970 The Primrose Path
Simon Scott
21-Sep-1920 11-Dec-1991 Arnold Slocum on Trapper John, M.D.
Roger Smith
18-Dec-1932 4-Jun-2017 Jeff Spencer on 77 Sunset Strip


James Cagney   ...   Lon Chaney
Dorothy Malone   ...   Cleva Creighton Chaney
Jane Greer   ...   Hazel Bennet Chaney
Marjorie Rambeau   ...   Gert
Jim Backus   ...   Clarence Locan
Robert Evans   ...   Irving Thalberg
Celia Lovsky   ...   Mrs. Chaney
Jeanne Cagney   ...   Carrie Chaney
Jack Albertson   ...   Dr. J. Wilson Shields
Roger Smith   ...   Creighton Chaney (at 21)
Simon Scott   ...   Carl Hastings
Clarence Kolb   ...   Himself
Danny Beck   ...   Max Dill
Robert Lyden   ...   Creighton Chaney (at 13)
Rickie Sorensen   ...   Creighton Chaney (at 8)
Dennis Rush   ...   Creighton Chaney (at 4)
Nolan Leary   ...   Pa Chaney
Phil Van Zandt   ...   George Loane Tucker
Hank Mann   ...   Comedy Waiter
Snub Pollard   ...   Comedy Waiter


Review by john levin (posted on 21-May-2007)

This film sums up Cagney's career. It displays his versatility as a dramatic and comedic actor.It also allows us to see him dance one last time. He is given excellent support from Celia Lovsky as his mother and from the underrated Jane Greer who plays his second wife with a great deal of warmth. This from the ultimate betrayer she so ably portrayed in Out of the past. Great support also from Marjorie Rambeau who plays an elderly bit player in the grand manner. A very touching and lovely film that remains my favorite after 50 years!

Review by John W Levin (posted on 8-May-2007)

I saw this film when it was released and proceeded to follow it from one theatre to another for a total of thirteen viewings. I was eleven then. Fifty years later I still maintain it was the BEST film I've ever seen. Cagney gets to show many facets of his screen persona including a multitude of moods and dance steps. He's given great support by Jane Greer who plays his second wife and by Marjorie Rambeau in her last role as a grand bit player. A remarkably touching and outstanding biopic.

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