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19 June 1957 (USA) See more »
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A hypnotherapist uses a temperamental teenager as guinea pig for a serum which transforms him into a vicious werewolf. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Michael Landon ... Tony Rivers

Yvonne Lime ... Arlene Logan

Whit Bissell ... Dr. Alfred Brandon
Charles Willcox ... Jimmy (as Tony Marshall)
Dawn Richard ... Theresa

Barney Phillips ... Detective Donovan
Ken Miller ... Vic
Cynthia Chenault ... Pearl (as Cindy Robbins)
Michael Rougas ... Frank
Robert Griffin ... Police Chief P.F. Baker
Joseph Mell ... Dr. Hugo Wagner

Malcolm Atterbury ... Charles Rivers
Eddie Marr ... Doyle

Vladimir Sokoloff ... Pepe the Janitor
Louise Lewis ... Principal Ferguson

S. John Launer ... Bill Logan (as John Launer)

Guy Williams ... Officer Chris Stanley
Dorothy Crehan ... Mrs. Mary Logan
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Larry Carr ... Diving Guy (uncredited)
Herman Cohen ... Man with Crime Scene Photos (uncredited)

Steve Conte ... (uncredited)
Elaine DuPont ... (uncredited)
Patricia Merlin ... Miss Johnson - Gym Teacher (uncredited)

Directed by
Gene Fowler Jr. 
Writing credits
Herman Cohen (original story) (as Ralph Thornton) &
Aben Kandel (original story) (as Ralph Thornton)

Herman Cohen (screenplay) (as Ralph Thornton) &
Aben Kandel (screenplay) (as Ralph Thornton)

Produced by
Herman Cohen .... producer
Original Music by
Paul Dunlap 
Cinematography by
Joseph LaShelle (director of photography) (as Joseph La Shelle)
Production Design by
A. Leslie Thomas  (as Leslie Thomas)
Set Decoration by
Morris Hoffman 
Makeup Department
Phillip Scheer .... makeup creator (as Philip Scheer)
Fae M. Smith .... hair stylist (as Fae Smith)
Production Management
Jack R. Berne .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Jack R. Berne .... assistant director
Art Department
Max Frankel .... property master
Sound Department
Henry Adams .... sound effects editor
James S. Thomson .... sound
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Oscar Rodriguez .... wardrobe
Editorial Department
George A. Gittens .... editorial supervisor (as George Gittens)
Music Department
Paul Dunlap .... conductor
Axel Hubert Sr. .... music editor (as Axel Hubert)
Other crew
Samuel Z. Arkoff .... presenter
Mary Gibsone .... script supervisor
Donna Heydt .... production secretary
James H. Nicholson .... presenter
Reynold Brown .... movie poster art (uncredited)
Crew verified as complete

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76 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Finland:K-16 (1962) | Sweden:15 | UK:15 | UK:X (original rating) | USA:Approved (certificate #18573)

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This was the film that came up with the popular title motif "I Was a *insert noun here*." Numerous films, songs, and books have paid homage to this film through their titles alone.See more »
Miscellaneous: The principal's office is the same set as the doctor's office.See more »
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24 out of 28 people found the following review useful.
A classic of its kind, 25 February 2002
Author: baronlibra from Rhode Island

You really had to be a teenager in 1957 to appreciate the effect this movie had on teens back then. Elvis was just starting out and there are similarites to the reactions of adults and teenagers to both icons. (In fact Yvonne Lime was "dating" Elvis (pictures of Elvis and Yvonne together were in movie magazines back then) when this film was made and from what I understand, he even visited the set. Too bad they couldn't have had him sing a song in it!) There is an amazing backstory AMC could make about the senate hearings on juvenile delinquency and this film; the senators mentioned the bad effects this film had on teenagers even though none of them had seen it!

Anyway, Gene Fowler Jr (who had edited Academy Award films like LAURA) was chosen to direct this, his first film and although he at first had second thoughts about doing it, his wife convinced him "no one would see it anyway." Boy, was she wrong! His background as an editor helped him be a better first-time director than most and helped make this picture, made on a shoe-string budget in only 7 days, better than all the other teen horror films back then. The camera angles on the fight at the beginning, Dawn Richard's gymnist seeing the werewolf upside down at first (and therefore the audience too), showed that he had good ideas in setting up shots.

Michael Landon, contrary to what some believe, never downplayed his connection to this film for it gave him his start in show business. He may at first have had doubts about being connected with it with the initial uproar, which is why he turned down the chance to play the werewolf a second time, but after that, he never bad-mouthed the film. In fact, he paid homage to it on a Halloween episode of "Highway to Heaven."

Anyway, the acting is good all around with standout performances by Landon and Whit Bissell. The "science" used to turn Tony into the monster may be silly today, but in the 1950's, there were a lot of talk and film plots about past-life regression following the Bridey Murphy newspaper accounts (also used in THE SHE-CREATURE). Again you had to live in the 1950's to understand all this. Philip Scheer's werewolf makeup is one of the better pre-Howling/American Werewolf ones in movie history and while the transformation scene isn't as good as in THE WOLF MAN or THE WEREWOLF, the director did not have a lot of money or time to work with and did a good job considering.

A film has to be pretty good, even with a low budget, to be as successful as this one was...and to remain a cult favorite 45 years later. It has stood the test of time and deserves to be considered a classic of its kind.

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