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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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Director:
Writer:
Curt Siodmak (original screenplay)
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Release Date:
12 December 1941 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
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 »
Plot:
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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Awards:
1 win & 1 nomination See more »
User Reviews:
larry talbot should have run for President See more (192 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Claude Rains ... Sir John Talbot

Warren William ... Dr. Lloyd

Ralph Bellamy ... Colonel Montford

Patric Knowles ... Frank Andrews

Bela Lugosi ... Bela

Maria Ouspenskaya ... Maleva

Evelyn Ankers ... Gwen Conliffe
J.M. Kerrigan ... Charles Conliffe
Fay Helm ... Jenny

Forrester Harvey ... Twiddle

Lon Chaney Jr. ... Larry Talbot - The Wolf Man (as Lon Chaney)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jessie Arnold ... Gypsy Woman (uncredited)

Gertrude Astor ... Townswoman (uncredited)
Caroline Frances Cooke ... Townswoman (uncredited)

Harry Cording ... Wykes (uncredited)
Margaret Fealy ... Townswoman (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 ... Reverend 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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Runtime:
70 min
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Aspect Ratio:
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Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)
Certification:
Australia:PG | Brazil:12 | Canada:PG | Finland:K-11 (2004) | Germany:12 | Ireland:PG (DVD rating) | Ireland:12 (Blu-ray rating) (2012) | Italy:VM16 | Netherlands:12 | Netherlands:16 (DVD rating) | Spain:13 | Sweden:15 | UK:PG | USA:Approved (PCA #7973) | USA:TV-PG (TV rating)

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Trivia:
It was originally given the working title, "Destiny," which had been the preliminary title of a number of Universal films that decade (including Son of Dracula (1943)).See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: After Larry Talbot has been bitten, we see the Talbot family butler open the living room door to let Larry stumble in, all in long shot. Then it cuts to a close up that repeats the action exactly, including the butler reopening the door.See more »
Quotes:
[first lines]
Chauffeur:Talbot Castle, Mr. Larry.
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in The Embalmer (1996)See more »

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37 out of 44 people found the following review useful.
larry talbot should have run for President, 15 January 2003
Author: herbertweiner

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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