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The Werewolf (1956)

Approved | | Horror, Sci-Fi | July 1956 (USA)
In Mountaincrest, a stranger without memory arrives in a bar to have a drink. When he leaves the bar, a local tries to rob him but he turns into an animal and kills the attacker. Deputy Ben... See full summary »


Fred F. Sears


Robert E. Kent (story), James B. Gordon (story) | 2 more credits »




Cast overview:
Don Megowan ... Sheriff Jack Haines
Joyce Holden ... Amy Standish
Eleanore Tanin Eleanore Tanin ... Mrs. Helen Marsh
Kim Charney Kim Charney ... Chris Marsh
Harry Lauter ... Deputy Ben Clovey
Larry J. Blake ... Hank Durgis
Ken Christy Ken Christy ... Dr. Jonas Gilcrist
James Gavin James Gavin ... Mack Fanning
S. John Launer ... Dr. Emery Forrest
George Lynn ... Dr. Morgan Chambers (as George M. Lynn)
George Cisar ... Hoxie
Steven Ritch Steven Ritch ... The Werewolf
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In Mountaincrest, a stranger without memory arrives in a bar to have a drink. When he leaves the bar, a local tries to rob him but he turns into an animal and kills the attacker. Deputy Ben Clovey hunts down the animal but is wounded by it. Sheriff Jack Haines organizes a party to find the beast. Meanwhile the nurse Amy Standish and her father, the local doctor, receive a man called Duncan Marsh that recalls that he had a car accident and two doctors have treated him. But he flees and Haines wants to hunt him down but Amy and her father wants to convince him to capture Duncan to see how they could treat him. When is wife Mrs. Helen Marsh and her son Chris arrive in Mountaincrest, Sheriff Haines is convinced that shall capture the werewolf alive. But the doctors that conducted the experiment arrive in the town expecting to kill him. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Did You Know?


When first released, this movie played as the bottom half of a double bill with Earth vs. the Flying Saucers (1956). See more »


The night when Duncan Marsh first appears in the film, he has a couple days' beard growth. The next morning he wakes up in a drain pipe clean-shaven. Later the same day, as he looks down at the roadblock, his stubble has returned. See more »


Sheriff Jack Haines: Doctors try to save people. The Law doesn't always have a choice.
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Referenced in Svengoolie: Billy the Kid vs. Dracula (2019) See more »

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Holds up surprisingly well
15 June 2011 | by irishmSee all my reviews

This film scared the pants off me as a kid (which I loved!) and when I finally found it again and watched it as an adult I was pleasantly surprised to find that I still enjoy it. And parts of it, namely the cave sequence and the fight in the dark alley, still give me the creeps. I found this werewolf much scarier than Chaney Jr.'s version. Steven Ritch's portrayal has a wildness and rawness to it that gives his lycanthrope that extra edge. Watch how he drools as he sinks his fangs into that hunk of bait in the woods, for instance. Oh, there are a few flaws... and I find the scene at the doctors' lab very long, talky and dull... but all in all I'd recommend this to any classic horror film buff. Well done. Hard to believe something of actual quality was produced by the same man responsible for "The Giant Claw"!

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Release Date:

July 1956 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Los colmillos del lobo See more »

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Clover Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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