HOLLYWOOD- Sir Edwin Fluffer once again delves into his personal memoirs – soon to be published as ‘Not THAT Kind of Fluffer!!!’ – to recall Lon Chaney Jr.
Looking through some old photographs recently I was surprised to find one that showed me getting married to Lon Chaney. I know that I’ve been hitched to some fairly unusual women in my time, but you’d think I’d remember that one! It was only when I read the note on the back that I realized we weren’t married at all. It was in fact a still from that wonderful picture, Bride In Bandages.Darling Lonny reprised his role from The Mummy, and I was one of the grooms that he, or rather she, strangled on their wedding night. The movie caused quite a stir when it came out, but not because of the obvious relish with which Lon dispatched his victims.
The problem was that audiences felt that the bride’s skirt was much too short.I didn’t believe there was anything wrong with showing a bit of knee, especially seeing as it was covered in bandages, but the paying punter insisted otherwise. I can still remember the headlines now: Crummy Mummy Totally Slummy! Hide Bride’s Pride! Chaney Zany, Fluffer Duffer! Skirt Flirt Pervert Alert!
I don’t even know what some of them meant but the writing was on the wall and the distributors pulled the picture. Lon was distraught obviously, but I put a consoling arm around his shoulder and said ‘never mind Lonny, worse things happen at knee!’
We howled with laughter, then Lon’s bus arrived and I never saw him again. So if you can’t remember ever seeing Bride In Bandages, now you know why!
It was re-made many many years later as the anti-war film Platoon, but that’s another story…