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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
Warren William ... Dr. Lloyd
Ralph Bellamy ... Colonel Paul Montford
Patric Knowles ... Frank Andrews
Bela Lugosi ... Bela
Maria Ouspenskaya ... Maleva
Evelyn Ankers ... Gwen Conliffe
J.M. Kerrigan ... Charles Conliffe
Fay Helm ... Jenny Williams
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 »

Parents Guide:

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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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Budget:

$180,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Universal Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Curt Siodmak claimed that he is responsible for the addition to canon of the werewolf's vulnerability to silver, and this claim has often been repeated by horror aficionados, including director John Landis. However, silver, according to legend, was first used to slay a werewolf in the Beast of Gevaudan, dating from the late 19th century. Novels recounting the legend appeared in the 1930's, and featured the slaying of the werewolf with a silver bullet. The Wolf Man, however, was the first film to utilize the silver bullet myth onscreen. See more »

Goofs

When Larry starts to transform for the first time, he has removed his medium-shade suit jacket, tie, shirt, shoes and socks, leaving him in an undershirt and the suit's trousers. Somehow, after his transformation into the Wolf Man he is wearing a dark, long-sleeve shirt and matching trousers. However, when he regains his normal form with no memory of what has happened, Larry notices his different clothes, although this mysterious change is almost immediately forgotten and never explained. See more »

Quotes

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

Referenced in Halloween (2007) See more »

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A sympathetic monster
14 December 2000 | by mermattSee 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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