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The Wolf Man (1941)

Approved | | Horror | 12 December 1941 (USA)
A practical man returns to his homeland, is attacked by a creature of folklore, and infected with a horrific disease his disciplined mind tells him can not possibly exist.

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Larry Talbot - The Wolf Man (as Lon Chaney)
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Upon the death of his brother, Larry Talbot returns from America to his ancestral home in Wales. He visits a gypsy camp with village girl Jenny Williams, who is attacked by Bela, a gypsy who has turned into a werewolf. Larry kills the werewolf but is bitten during the fight. Bela's mother tells him that this will cause him to become a werewolf at each full moon. Larry confesses his plight to his unbelieving father, Sir John, who then joins the villagers in a hunt for the wolf. Transformed by the full moon, Larry heads for the forest and a fateful meeting with both Sir John and Gwen Conliffe. Written by Doug Sederberg <vornoff@sonic.net>

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In many a distant village, there exists the Legend of the Werewolf or Wolf Man, a legend of a strange mortal man with the hair and fangs of an unearthly beast... his hideous howl, a dirge of death! See more »

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12 December 1941 (USA)  »

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$180,000 (estimated)
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(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Lon Chaney Jr.'s make-up took six hours to apply, and three hours to get off. See more »

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During the climactic scenes in the forest, the same log (resembling an open alligator's mouth) can be seen in different sections of the forest at the same time. See more »

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Chauffeur: Talbot Castle, Mr. Larry.
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Referenced in Cinemassacre's Monster Madness: The Mummy's Tomb (2013) See more »

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The Tragic Monster

The Wolf Man is a film about a man bitten by a werewolf condemned to live the life of his antagonist. Lon Chaney Jr. does an awfully good job transcending the traditional monster out to get everyone with a humane, sympathetic portrait of the titular lycanthrope. This is Universal Studios at its best with a good old-fashioned horror yarn, excellent acting, particularly by supporting cast members Claude Rains, Evelyn Ankers, Bela Lugosi, and the outstanding Maria Ouspenskaya as the old and wise gypsy woman, wonderful sets complete with swirling fog, and special effects that were new and fresh in 1941. This film is fast-paced and deserves its rank as one of the great Universal horror classics.


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