Even though we only see him for the beginning part and most of the end of the movie, Lon Chaney, as Paul Revere Forbes, completely steals the picture.
His character works at a bank, and is a descendant of Paul Revere. One night he notices some money is missing, and confronts the bank's owners. They hit him over the head, and believing him dead, dump the body. Then, towards the end of the movie, his daughter finds him living in a cabin, almost completely insane, and waiting for the time when he can get back at the Peabodys. Years of hero- worship for Paul Revere has snapped him back to the Revolutionary War, and so his daughter's boyfriend pretends to be Paul Revere to get the ledger page from Forbes. It works, and the Peabodys are arrested. It ends happily with Chaney's mind beginning to clear.
This movie was made early in Lon Chaney's career, and he gives a fascinating performance. The Chaney magic starts to shine through when Forbes is insane. Other than Chaney, though, this picture isn't anything out of the ordinary. I recommend it to serious Chaney or silent film fans.
7/10 (all due to Lon Chaney)
I like how none of the monsters lose their integrity. Dracula is still charming and evil, and Larry Talbot/The Wolf Man is still pitiable and tortured. Glenn Strange as the Monster is pretty good, but not as good as it would have been if Boris Karloff was still the Monster. I love the part when Dracula (Bela Lugosi, in his second and final performance as the vampire) and the Wolf Man (Lon Chaney, Jr., in his final performance as the Larry Talbot werewolf) fight, since Dracula throws things like chairs and vases!
The music sounds like the score from Psycho at some parts; I wonder if Bernard Herrman copied it?
This is Abbott and Costello's best movie, and any audience should enjoy it.9/10
During the part when Alex sees Devlin (Grant) and Alicia, Alex's wife (Bergman) kissing is so sad. I can literally feel his heart breaking, that's how expressive Rains was just with his face and eyes. He is the most sympathetic Nazi I've seen in a movie from this time period.
This is a powerful movie about Nazis and spies, just the thing you would expect from Hitchcock. This is a masterpiece, not only of the genre, but of all time.
The script seems to be storyboarded to take advantage of their accents. One time, when the rather ingenuous romantic lead, David Manners (UH!), dismisses a morbid theory as "superstitious baloney" to which Lugosi- breaking up an ordinary line into an orchestration of musical syllables- replies, "Superstitious, perhaps. Baloney, perhaps not." - each of the five words underlined by a little shift in facial expression.
In the same sequence, Karloff, explaining the fear that has caused Lugosi to throw a knife at (and kill) a cat, delivers a beautifully spoken monologue about the "extreme form" of the phobia, ended it by saying that Lugosi suffers from "...an all-consuming horror---of cats." His perfect diction adds to the effectiveness of the lines; the word "horror" is emphasized, given a menacing intonation, while a pause, and a lift of the eyes upwards in a mock-religious expression, a slight hissing in the final sound, gives the ordinary phrase "of cats" a genuinely frightening connotation.
This is one of the best horror movies of the early thirties. Karloff is evil, yet magnetic, and Lugosi's hero is sympathetic and well-intentioned, but also callous and overtaken by some far less admirable traits. 10/10
Boris Karloff's presence and a superb cast move this moody, atmospheric classic along at a great pace. This movie has some great dialogue and an interesting plot. It is very rare, but I was lucky enough to find it on video. If you are a fan of the genre, and you happen to find it, I encourage you to rent it, buy it, whatever.
Bela Lugosi is very creepy and just downright weird as Dr. Mirakle. The story is about mad scientist (is there any other kind?) Lugosi kidnapping young women to try and fuse their blood with that of gorilla's blood to make the perfect mate for his pet gorilla.
The plot is kind of strange, but the cast is good, and it keeps you interested until the end. Unfortunately, the gorilla suit is as bad as gorilla suits are in movies this old.
And says his prayers by night
May become a wolf when the wolfbane blooms
And the autumn moon is bright.
If you haven't heard this piece of poetry before, you'll never forget it after seeing The Wolf Man for two reasons: it's spooky and just about everybody in the movie recites it at one time or another.Set in a fog-bound studio-built Wales, The Wolf Man tells the doom-laden tale of Larry Talbot (Lon Chaney, Jr.), who returns to the estate of his father (Claude Rains). (Yes, Chaney's American, but the movie explains this, awkwardly.) Bitten by a werewolf, Talbot suffers the classic fate of all victims of lycanthropy. This is a classy horror outing, with strong atmosphere and a thoughtful script by Curt Siodmak-- well, except for the stiff romantic bits between Chaney and Evelyn Ankers. It's also got Bela Lugosi, briefly, and Maria Ouspenskaya, the prune-like Russian actress who foretells doom like nobody's business.