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The Wolf Man -- Lon Chaney Jr. stars in this horror masterpiece-- featuring elaborate settings and a chilling score-- about a man who is attacked by a werewolf and then becomes one himself at each full moon.
The Wolf Man -- A practical man returns to his homeland, is attacked by a creature of folklore, and imbued with a malady his disciplined mind tells him can not possibly exist.


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Curt Siodmak (original screenplay)
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Release Date:
12 December 1941 (USA) See more »
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 »
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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Lon Chaney Jr. ... The Wolf Man, Lawrence Stewart Talbot (as Lon Chaney)

Claude Rains ... Sir John Talbot

Warren William ... Dr. Lloyd

Ralph Bellamy ... Colonel Paul Montford

Patric Knowles ... Frank Andrews

Bela Lugosi ... Bela
Maria Ouspenskaya ... Maleva

Evelyn Ankers ... Gwen Conliffe
J.M. Kerrigan ... Charles Conliffe
Fay Helm ... Jenny Williams
Forrester Harvey ... Twiddle
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jessie Arnold ... Gypsy Woman (uncredited)
Caroline Frances Cooke ... Woman (uncredited)
Harry Cording ... Wykes (uncredited)
Margaret Fealy ... Woman (uncredited)

Gibson Gowland ... Villager (uncredited)
Leyland Hodgson ... Kendall - Butler (uncredited)
Olaf Hytten ... Villager (uncredited)
La Riana ... Gypsy Dancer (uncredited)
Connie Leon ... Mrs. Wykes (uncredited)
Doris Lloyd ... Mrs. Williams (uncredited)
Ottola Nesmith ... Mrs. Bally (uncredited)
Monty O'Grady ... Villager (uncredited)

Eddie Polo ... Churchgoer (uncredited)
Ernie Stanton ... Phillips - Search Party Member (uncredited)
Anne G. Sterling ... Gypsy Girl (uncredited)
Tom Stevenson ... Richardson - Gravedigger (uncredited)
Harry Stubbs ... Rev. Norman (uncredited)
Eric Wilton ... Chauffeur (uncredited)

Directed by
George Waggner 
Writing credits
Curt Siodmak (original screenplay)

Produced by
George Waggner .... producer
Jack J. Gross .... executive producer (uncredited)
Original Music by
Charles Previn (uncredited)
Hans J. Salter (uncredited)
Frank Skinner (uncredited)
Cinematography by
Joseph A. Valentine (director of photography) (as Joseph Valentine)
Film Editing by
Ted J. Kent (film editor) (as Ted Kent)
Art Direction by
Jack Otterson 
Set Decoration by
Russell A. Gausman (set decorations) (as R.A. Gausman)
Costume Design by
Vera West (gowns)
Makeup Department
Jack P. Pierce .... makeup artist
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Vernon Keays .... assistant director
Art Department
Robert F. Boyle .... associate art director (as Robert Boyle)
Sound Department
Bernard B. Brown .... sound director
Joe Lapis .... technician
Special Effects by
Ellis Burman .... special effects technician (uncredited)
John P. Fulton .... special effects (uncredited)
Music Department
Charles Previn .... musical director
Hans J. Salter .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Frank Skinner .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Other crew
Ellis Burman .... property maker: Larry's Silver Wolf Head Cane (uncredited)
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70 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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The first transformation takes place with Talbot in an undershirt (although he is fully dressed in a dark shirt once on the prowl). Only the feet transform on screen in six lapse dissolves. In the second transformation there are eleven shots - again of feet only. The third transformation features 17 face shots in a continuous dissolve.See more »
Continuity: 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 »
[first lines]
Chauffeur:Talbot Castle, Mr. Larry.
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52 out of 56 people found the following review useful.
Insert Clever Werewolf Joke Here, 16 September 2001
Author: Shield-3 from Kansas City, MO, USA

It wasn't the first werewolf movie (that honor goes to `Werewolf of London'), but it was `The Wolf Man' that gives us most of the werewolf mythology we still cling to today.

As with most classics, `The Wolf Man' draws its power from a combination of elements. First, there's Curt Siodmak's plausible and intelligent script. Siodmak said he was given a title, a star and a start date, and from there he consolidated and invented the werewolf myth into a cohesive, logical format.

Then there's the actors, a veritable who's who of 1930s-40s Universal horror. Lon Chaney joins the pantheon on great horror actors on this one, playing the tormented Larry Talbot. He manages to give Larry a tragic quality, a man trapped by a curse he doesn't understand or deserve. Chaney also generates considerable chemistry with the luminous Evelyn Ankers, which is surprising considering the rumors that the two practically hated each other. And then there's the always-excellent Claude Rains, who doesn't look very much like Lon Chaney's father, but still exudes quiet authority and authenticity.

Topping off the whole package is a healthy dollop of atmosphere: foggy forests, Gothic mansions and crypts, colorful Gypsy encampments. Each bit of design enhances the sense of mystery and dread that surround Larry Talbot, and burns `The Wolf Man' into your memory.

I'll never walk a foggy forest at night again!

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