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The Wolf Man (1941)

Not Rated | | Horror | 12 December 1941 (USA)
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A practical man returns to his homeland, is attacked by a creature of folklore, and infected with a horrific disease his disciplined mind tells him can not possibly exist.

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Complete credited cast:
... Larry Talbot - The Wolf Man (as Lon Chaney)
... Sir John Talbot
... Colonel Montford
... Dr. Lloyd
... Frank Andrews
... Bela
... Maleva
... Gwen Conliffe
... Jenny
... Charles Conliffe
... Twiddle
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Upon the death of his brother, Larry Talbot returns from America to his ancestral home in Wales. He visits a gypsy camp with village girl Jenny Williams, who is attacked by Bela, a gypsy who has turned into a werewolf. Larry kills the werewolf but is bitten during the fight. Bela's mother tells him that this will cause him to become a werewolf at each full moon. Larry confesses his plight to his unbelieving father, Sir John, who then joins the villagers in a hunt for the wolf. Transformed by the full moon, Larry heads for the forest and a fateful meeting with both Sir John and Gwen Conliffe. Written by Doug Sederberg <vornoff@sonic.net>

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Night monster... prowling... killing... terrifying a countryside... with the blood lust of a savage beast! See more »

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12 December 1941 (USA)  »

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Destiny  »

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$180,000 (estimated)
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(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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It was originally given the working title, "Destiny," which had been the preliminary title of a number of Universal films that decade (including Son of Dracula (1943)). See more »

Goofs

Bela transforms into a dog-like wolf, but Larry transforms into a man-like one. Having been bitten by one type of werewolf, Larry ought to transform into one of the same kind. See more »

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[first lines]
Chauffeur: Talbot Castle, Mr. Larry.
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Referenced in Weird Science: Master Chett (1996) See more »

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A sympathetic monster
14 December 2000 | by See all my reviews

The wolf man is the beast or Freudian "Id" in all of us -- the part of us we don't want others to see, the part of us we may not even want to see ourselves.

Lon Chaney, Jr., gives a touching and sympathetic performance depicting his struggle with the monster within him. Some critics were snide, pointing out that he came across too much like Lenny in OF MICE AND MEN, but to say that is to miss the sense of pathos he brings to his part.

The rest of the cast is an interesting mix of character actors, including Bela Lugosi who has a small but important part and Maria Ouspenskaya who recites the werewolf verses with such conviction as to make you think they are true.

This film is a fable about us all. We all have a spilt personality that can overtake us if we are not careful to know ourselves.


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