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The Werewolf (1913)

An old Indian legend tells of the supposed ability of persons who have been turned into wolves through magic power to assume human form at will for purposes of vengeance.

Director:

Henry MacRae (as Henry McRae)

Writer:

Ruth Ann Baldwin (story)
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Cast

Cast overview:
Clarence Burton Clarence Burton ... Ezra Vance, Prospector and Trail Blazer
Marie Walcamp ... Kee-On-Ee, as a Young Woman
Phyllis Gordon ... Watuma, daughter of Kee-On-Ee
Lule Warrenton ... Kee-On-Ee, Years Later
Sherman Bainbridge Sherman Bainbridge ... Stone Eye
William Clifford ... Jack Ford
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Storyline

Ostensibly the first werewolf movie ever filmed. A Navajo woman believes she has been abandoned by her husband, who has actually been killed, and becomes a witch. As her daughter grows up she is taught by her mother to hate all white men and ends up seeking revenge by turning into a werewolf. Written by Doug Sederberg <vornoff@sonic.net>

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 December 1913 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Canada

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Production Co:

Bison Motion Pictures See more »
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Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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According to Monsters of the Movies, the story is about a girl named Watuma who comes back to life 100 years after her death to look for the ghost of the man who killer her lover. She comes back as a wolf to do this. See more »

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Referenced in Top 10 Lost Horror Films (2010) See more »

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Based on a Short Story
21 November 2009 | by DanQuigleySee all my reviews

According to Stephen Jones in his anthology *The Mammoth Book of Wolf Men* (page xii), this "Canadian two-reeler" film was loosely based on Henry Beaugrand's story "The Werewolves" (1898). Incidentally, Jones goes on to say that the silent French film Le Loup-Garou (1923) was also based on this same Beaugrand short story. The story then clearly captured the imaginations of people of this era.

Here is a link, if you're interested, to the short story: http://gaslight.mtroyal.ca/werwolvs.htm

I was surprised by just how short this short story actually is. Also, other than the fact that both the plot of this lost film and the plot of the short story both involves Indians, there does not appear to be that much of a direct resemblance between the two stories.


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