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She-Wolf of London (1946)

Passed | | Crime, Horror, Mystery | 17 May 1946 (USA)
A young heiress finds evidence suggesting that at night she acts under the influence of a family curse and has begun committing ghastly murders in a nearby park.

Director:

Jean Yarbrough

Writers:

George Bricker (screenplay), Dwight V. Babcock (original story)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Don Porter ... Barry Lanfield
June Lockhart ... Phyllis Allenby
Sara Haden ... Martha Winthrop
Jan Wiley ... Carol Winthrop
Lloyd Corrigan ... Detective Latham
Dennis Hoey ... Inspector Pierce
Martin Kosleck ... Dwight Severn
Eily Malyon ... Hannah
Frederick Worlock ... Constable Ernie Hobbs (as Frederic Worlock)
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Storyline

Several murders have been committed in a London park and the victims have been savagely clawed about the throat. The police believe that a woman is a killer, and perhaps she is a (she) werewolf. Heiress Phyllis Allenby, fears she is the criminal, based on the family legend of the "Allenby Curse" which was the belief that members of the family at times assumed the form of a wolf. Her aunt's constant reminders to her of the "Allenby Curse" only serves to keep her niece's fears alive. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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HAUNTED BY A DREADED CURSE! (original poster-all caps) See more »


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 May 1946 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Fera de Londres See more »

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Production Co:

Universal Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Released on May 17, 1946 as part of a double bill with The Cat Creeps (1946). Universal Pictures, unlike most major studios, lacked a proprietary theater chain and often sold it's B-picture horror/mystery pictures as double bills, making weak pictures more attractive and economical for independent theaters to advertise. See more »

Goofs

The first time Martha Winthrop brings up a glass of milk to Phyllis Allenby, the glass is half full as she walks up the stairs to the bedroom, but after she opens the door and enters the room, the glass is nearly full to the top. See more »

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Phyllis Allenby: I feel terribly sleepy as if I'd been drugged.
Martha Winthrop: You're right. I drugged you.
Phyllis Allenby: So I wouldn't hear the dogs?
Martha Winthrop: No Phyllis. I'm going to kill you.
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On the original trailer, June Lockhart is given top billing. On the film itself, Don Porter is given top billing. See more »

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The Allenby Curse
20 October 2009 | by SpikeopathSee all my reviews

London at the turn of the century---The legend of the Allenby Curse was almost forgotten until------

She-Wolf of London is produced by that bastion of classic horror, Universal Pictures. Directed by Jean Yarbrough and starring June Lockhart and Don Porter, the title clearly evokes the earlier Werewolf of London (1935) and conjures up images of either a girlfriend of Larry Talbot or Wilfred Glendon running amok. As history now tells us, She-Wolf of London is more concerned with mystery and suspense than the supernatural themes that ran thru other Universal wolf based movies.

Running at a brisk 61 minutes, She-Wolf feels more like a Sherlock Holmes picture minus that particularly intrepid sleuth actually being in it. Grizzly murders are being committed and it's all pointing to poor Phyllis Allenby, who herself is convinced that she is turning lycanthropic at nights due to the family curse. But is it her? If not her then who? These are the key issues asked as the film evolves amid swirling fog and lamp lighted parks and streets. The production is very good, the set designs adds to the atmosphere and the cast by and large are safe as houses. The ending also has a nice little trick up its sleeve.

It's not a bad picture at all, and being armed with the prior knowledge of its mystery over horror heart will aid any new prospective viewers. Best to view it as a standalone Universal picture rather than a classic horror entry. On reflection if it had been called The Allenby Curse or some other such name then that surely would have helped. But one gets the feeling that someone at Universal sniffed an opportunity to get people into the cinema on the back of its already garnered Wolfie reputation. 6/10


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