Larry Talbot returns to his father's castle in Wales and meets a beautiful woman. One fateful night, Talbot escorts her to a local carnival where they meet a mysterious gypsy fortune teller.

Director:

George Waggner

Writer:

Curt Siodmak (original screenplay)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Claude Rains ... Sir John Talbot
Warren William ... Dr. Lloyd
Ralph Bellamy ... Colonel Montford
Patric Knowles ... Frank Andrews
Bela Lugosi ... Bela
Maria Ouspenskaya ... Maleva
Evelyn Ankers ... Gwen Conliffe
J.M. Kerrigan ... Charles Conliffe
Fay Helm ... Jenny
Forrester Harvey ... Twiddle
Lon Chaney Jr. ... Lawrence Talbot / The Wolf Man (as Lon Chaney)
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Storyline

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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Included among the "1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die", edited by Steven Schneider. See more »

Goofs

At the gypsy fair an old woman asks to see where the wolf bit Larry, he opens his shirt and it can be seen that he's not wearing a vest. When he gets home he takes his shirt off and he's now got a vest on, He then starts changing into a wolf and his clothes also change. Light coloured trousers and shirt become dark and when he wakes the next morning and opens his shirt his vest has disappeared. See more »

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[first lines]
Chauffeur: Talbot Castle, Mr. Larry.
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Connections

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larry talbot should have run for President
15 January 2003 | by herbertweinerSee all my reviews

Lon Chaney portrays psychological torment, guilt, and conflict so well in this film. These feelings are so absent in this century. Larry Talbot, in contrast to public officials and corporate executives, wants to do the right thing, and feels remorse at the suffering that he has caused. Chaney also does this in his later Inner Sanctum films. Maria Ouspenskaya is also great as Maleva, the gypsy. And the music is also marvelous. Films as these put contemporary horror films to shame. The former are fun and a pleasure to watch. This one is quite good.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 December 1941 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Destiny See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$180,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$420
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Universal Pictures See more »
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Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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