A film crew goes to a tropical island for an exotic location shoot and discovers a colossal ape who takes a shine to their female blonde star. He is then captured and brought back to New York City for public exhibition.
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
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In many a distant village, there exists the Legend of the Werewolf or Wolf Man, a legend of a strange mortal man with the hair and fangs of an unearthly beast... his hideous howl, a dirge of death! See more »
This is the place to come for modern Greek tragedy
There are NO wooden actors in this film! The irresistible tragic dimensions of Larry Talbot created an archetype, giving Lon Chaney his rightful place among movie immortals. And the presence of the great actor Claude Rains, as Sir John Talbot, articulating this wonderfully written dialogue, gives the film an instant air of sophistication. For its length, the movie intelligently takes its time setting up the characters. You get more attached to them with every viewing.
I should add that Paul Sawtell's music is a beautiful thing to listen to. This was the score that would later be used in the Holmes movies with Rathbone.
The high points of this film absolutely stick with you.
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