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The Wolf Man (1941)

Approved | | Horror | 12 December 1941 (USA)
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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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Complete credited cast:
J.M. Kerrigan ...
Fay Helm ...
The Wolf Man (as Lon Chaney)


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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Night monster... prowling... killing... terrifying a countryside... with the blood lust of a savage beast! See more »




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Release Date:

12 December 1941 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Destiny  »

Box Office


$180,000 (estimated)

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


Larry Talbot's brother's name was John. See more »


The position of Doctor Lloyd on the couch while Larry is asking if he believes in werewolves changes. See more »


[first lines]
Chauffeur: Talbot Castle, Mr. Larry.
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Referenced in Buenas noches, señor monstruo (1982) See more »

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larry talbot should have run for President
15 January 2003 | by See all my reviews

Lon Chaney portrays psychological torment, guilt, and conflict so well in this film. These feelings are so absent in this century. Larry Talbot, in contrast to public officials and corporate executives, wants to do the right thing, and feels remorse at the suffering that he has caused. Chaney also does this in his later Inner Sanctum films. Maria Ouspenskaya is also great as Maleva, the gypsy. And the music is also marvelous. Films as these put contemporary horror films to shame. The former are fun and a pleasure to watch. This one is quite good.

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