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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.

Director:

George Waggner

Writer:

Curt Siodmak (original screenplay)
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Cast

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

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

Genres:

Horror

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Details

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)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Universal Pictures See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The first transformation takes place with Talbot in an undershirt (although he is fully dressed in a dark shirt once on the prowl). Only the feet transform on screen in six lapse dissolves. In the second transformation there are eleven shots - again of feet only. The third transformation features 17 face shots in a continuous dissolve. See more »

Goofs

When Larry looks through the telescope at the beginning of the movie, the image is shown is right-side up. Astronomical telescopes turn the image upside-down. While they can be fitted with a special prism to turn the image right-side up, they usually are not since usually there is no practical reason to do so. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Chauffeur: Talbot Castle, Mr. Larry.
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Follows Dracula (1931) See more »

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User Reviews

 
Lon Chaney, Jr. You'll love him, even as the monster.
26 November 2003 | by ElswetSee all my reviews

This is one of my favorite of all the Universal horrors. Even in 1941, this is not the original werewolf movie. It was already a remake, even at this early date. However, it is by far, the best of the older werewolf movies; the progenitor which has spawned nearly all other movies of this line. It lays down the basic laws concerning werewolves, gives you a history of lycanthropy, and leaves the rest to your imagination. While the effects left a lot to be desired, they are forgiven due to the incredible age of this classic masterpiece.

Lon Chaney was the veritable epitome of lovable; honorable, sweet, and intelligent Americanized man, who is open and endearing, lending these qualities to his character, and making you love him, even as he becomes this horrible, monstrous killer.

"Through no fault of your own.."

This movie is more than a classic. It is an absolute masterpiece of drama, horror, legend, and melancholy sweetness. This was one of the Universal horror classics which shaped the whole genre of horror as we know it.

I highly recommend Universal's The Wolf Man Legacy Collection DVD Box set. It is WELL worth the asking price.

It rates a 9.5/10 from...

the Fiend :.


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