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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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Also Known As:
70 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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Lbugosi actively campaigned for the lead role that went to Chaney and ended up playing a minor supporting role.See more »
Continuity: When Maleva, the Gypsy woman, asks to see Larry Talbot's wound from the wolf bite, he unbuttons and spreads his shirt front (with his bared chest outside the camera's view). Talbot then proceeds directly home where he begins to change clothes. He removes his shirt to reveal that he is wearing a T-shirt underneath.See more »
[first lines]
Chauffeur:Talbot Castle, Mr. Larry.
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18 out of 31 people found the following review useful.
Wooden actors and hairy monsters, 1 January 1999
Author: foordie

Errie shadows follow the second Talbot son(the broad shouldered giant of a seemingly much younger and smaller Father) as he strides through the woods with the beautiful Gwen to the gypsy camp to have his fortune told. The obviously constant fog swirls around everybody's ankles in the darkness. Lon's two standard expressions, his stiff smile while with Gwen and his wide eyed look of anxiety as he transforms into the hairy beast alternate throughout the film. There is an unforgettable moment as the hairs sprout and Lon's expression clearly says -Oh no, I'm a werewolf ! ! The plot is barely plausible but the strength of this film lies not in the characters but in the portrayal of them by the wooden actors of which Lon is the best. The cream of B-movie actors, Bela Lugosi as - Bela - treats us to a flash of his abundant eyebrows in a brief appearance while the monotonous drone of the gypsy woman as she endlessly repeats sayings about the werewolf is only equalled by her bang on time arrival with horse and carriage as the wolf attacks his victim. Even the beautiful Gwen doesn't bat an eyelid at the news of her best friends murder. A classic to be watched as many times as possible - it only gets better !

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