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    Thunder (MGM, 1929). Lobby Card (11" X 14"). The last silent film made by superstar Lon Chaney, only a few minutes of this picture still exists. In it, Chaney plays Grumpy Anderson, a railroad engineer put out to pasture who nevertheless saves the day in the end by driving his train through a flood to deliver much-needed medical supplies. In order to provide the highest possible degree of realism, Chaney actually earned an engineer's certificate, and became an honorary member of the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers. For his costume, he bought an old, used, dirty pair of overalls from a working engineer, replacing them with a brand new pair. As a result of the extreme cold in Green Bay and Chicago, where the location filming took place, Chaney developed walking pneumonia, but pushed himself to continue working anyway, although the normally dependable actor delayed production due to health concerns on several occasions. Severely weakened by his illness, this was the beginning of the decline that would eventually claim Chaney's life on August 26, 1930. One of the greatest actors ever to appear on film, paper featuring Chaney is extremely collectible. This beautiful card, with Chaney as Grumpy Anderson, has a small tear in the right border, a chip in the top left corner, and small corner creases, but remains a very desirable and attractive piece that any Chaney fan will cherish. Very Fine-.

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