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She-Wolf of London -- In this elegantly eerie chiller, June Lockhart gives a standout performance as a desperate young heiress convinced that she's a werewolf responsible for a grizzly series of unsolved murders.

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Director:
Writers:
George Bricker (screenplay)
Dwight V. Babcock (original story)
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Release Date:
17 May 1946 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
A woman whose hatred knew no bounds! See more »
Plot:
A young heiress finds evidence suggesting that at night she acts under the influence of a family curse and has begun committing ghastly murders in a nearby park. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
User Reviews:
Not a horror film, but an average film of mystery See more (34 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)
Don Porter ... Barry Lanfield

June Lockhart ... Phyllis Allenby
Sara Haden ... Martha Winthrop
Jan Wiley ... Carol Winthrop
Lloyd Corrigan ... Detective Latham
Dennis Hoey ... Inspector Pierce

Martin Kosleck ... Dwight Severn
Eily Malyon ... Hannah
Frederick Worlock ... Constable Ernie Hobbs (as Frederic Worlock)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Clara Blandick ... Mrs. McBroom (uncredited)
James Finlayson ... Constable With Hobbs and Latham (uncredited)
Olaf Hytten ... Constable Alfred (uncredited)
Warren Jackson ... Constable (uncredited)
William H. O'Brien ... Constable (uncredited)
Brick Sullivan ... Constable (uncredited)
David Thursby ... Constable Herbert (uncredited)
Joan Wells ... Phyllis - as a Child (uncredited)

Directed by
Jean Yarbrough 
 
Writing credits
George Bricker (screenplay)

Dwight V. Babcock (original story)

Produced by
Ben Pivar .... producer
 
Original Music by
William Lava (uncredited)
 
Cinematography by
Maury Gertsman (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Paul Landres 
 
Art Direction by
Abraham Grossman 
Jack Otterson 
 
Set Decoration by
Russell A. Gausman 
Leigh Smith 
 
Costume Design by
Vera West (gowns)
 
Makeup Department
Jack P. Pierce .... director of makeup
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Ralph Slosser .... assistant director (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Bernard B. Brown .... sound director
Joe Lapis .... sound technician
 
Music Department
William Lava .... musical director
Frank Skinner .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Raymond Kessler .... dialogue director
 
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61 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Recording)
Certification:
Finland:K-7 (2004) | Finland:(Banned) (1947) | Germany:6 | UK:U | USA:Passed (National Board of Review) | USA:Approved (PCA #11426)

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Largely shot on Universal's old "Hacienda" set, used on many of the studio's "B" westerns.See more »
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Featured in 100 Years of Horror: Girl Ghouls (1996) (V)See more »

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14 out of 17 people found the following review useful.
Not a horror film, but an average film of mystery, 6 January 2006

As it is always marketed as a horror film, and part of the Universal Classic Horror Films, the disappointment it causes in horror fans is very understandable. "She-Wolf of London" is not, despite its name, a horror movie in the classic sense of the word, it is more a typical "whodunit" mystery and an ancestor to the psychological thrillers of today.

In London, a mysterious series of murders is creating fear in the population and confusion in the police department as people speak of a killer werewolf. The news create shock in young Phyllis Allenby (a beautiful young June Lockhart), who beliefs she is the responsible as an ancient family legend states that the Allenby clan is cursed with Lycanthropy, the werewolf's curse. She isolates herself and denies watching everyone, even breaking her relationship with her boyfriend Barry Lanfield (Don Porter). Her aunt Marta Withrop (Sara Haden) takes advantage of this and tries to force her daughter Carol (Jan Wiley) to marry the wealthy Barry.

All this interesting plot gives room to a lot of development, sadly, the movie doesn't move too far away from the established formula and therefore we don't have a lot of chance to get empathy for the characters. This is its main problem, since what we have are two-dimensional characters and a lot of potential wasted.

The sets are outstanding and the movie is brilliantly photographed, the trademark of the Universal Studios at that time without a doubt; nevertheless, this technical features does not help to improve a movie that feels incomplete or undeveloped. The pacing is slow and the very few things happen making the experience boring and tiresome at times.

The acting is above average, but with so few development there are not many things to do with that material. June Lockhart looks amazing and beautiful, but her character is not fully explored in the script and she has no real chances of showing her talents. A real shame, since she as the main character should be the focal point of the movie.

Don Porter is unconvincing as the hero and his performance feels a bit wooden. Same thing with Jan Wiley. Nevertheless, Sara Haden does an outstanding job and truly gives a lesson of acting in her performance. Along the technical aspects, her acting is probably what makes the movie worthy.

Overall an average movie that also suffers from bad marketing, since it is really not a horror movie, but a classic "whudunit" mystery that while entertaining, it is really nothing impressive. 5/10. Quite average time killer.

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