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Werewolf of London (1935)

The juice of a rare Tibetan flower is the only thing that keeps Dr. Glendon from turning into a werewolf during a full moon.

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Stuart Walker

Writers:

John Colton (screenplay), Robert Harris (story)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Henry Hull ... Dr. Glendon
Warner Oland ... Dr. Yogami
Valerie Hobson ... Lisa Glendon
Lester Matthews ... Paul Ames
Lawrence Grant ... Sir Thomas Forsythe
Spring Byington ... Miss Ettie Coombes
Clark Williams ... Hugh Renwick
J.M. Kerrigan ... Hawkins
Charlotte Granville Charlotte Granville ... Lady Forsythe
Ethel Griffies ... Mrs. Whack
Zeffie Tilbury ... Mrs. Moncaster
Jeanne Bartlett Jeanne Bartlett ... Daisy
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Storyline

While on a botanical expedition in Tibet Dr. Wilfred Glendon is attacked in the dark by a strange animal. Returning to London, he finds himself turning nightly into a werewolf and terrorizing the city, with the only hope for curing his affliction a rare Asian flower. Written by Jeremy Lunt <durlinlunt@acadia.net>

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Beware! Terror strikes in the night! See more »

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Drama | Fantasy | Horror

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Cantonese | Latin

Release Date:

13 May 1935 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Unholy Hour See more »

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Budget:

$195,393 (estimated)
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Universal Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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While it has been well documented that Henry Hull objected to Jack P. Pierce's original makeup design for the werewolf, producers were also concerned that Pierce's makeup effects would push the boundaries of censorship in the United States. Producers asked Pierce to tone down the zoomorphic qualities of the werewolf transformation scenes and asked him to make the werewolf appear more human in nature in order to gain approval of the censorship board. Pierce's first design for the creature would later be put to effect in The Wolf Man (1941). See more »

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Dr. Yogami: The werewolf is neither man nor wolf, but a Satanic creature with the worst qualities of both.
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By the Light of the Silvery Moon
13 July 2000 | by BaronBl00dSee all my reviews

Universal's first foray into lycanthropy was this version of a man that goes to Tibet in search of a rare flower. He is bitten by a werewolf. He then leaves Tibet for his home in London with said plant which flowering buds have the ability to off-set the "disease" at least for that evening against the full moon. This film is entertaining and has many good points. It has a great score and lots of wonderful scenes and sets. Many of the character actors are quite good, in particular Spring Byington and Valerie Hobson. Warner Oland steals the acting honors as an adversary to Dr. Glendon, the titular werewolf. Oland, the great Charlie Chan himself, hams it up as another werewolf in search of the flowering buds. The film has a lot of comedy in it, with several scenes between two friendly landladies creating most of the laughs. I think the picture really suffers from the script, which really does not help create werewolf folklore like The Wolfman did later for Universal. The make-up by Jack Pierce is pretty good, but actor Henry Hull is very dull in his lead role. Hull plays the beast with some passion but his role as the doctor is the epitome of boredom. Nonetheless I found the film very entertaining and recommend it.


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