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I Was a Teenage Werewolf (1957)

Approved | | Drama, Fantasy, Horror | 19 June 1957 (USA)
A hypnotherapist uses a temperamental teenager as guinea pig for a serum which transforms him into a vicious werewolf.

Director:

Gene Fowler Jr.

Writers:

Herman Cohen (original story) (as Ralph Thornton), Aben Kandel (original story) (as Ralph Thornton) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Michael Landon ... Tony Rivers
Yvonne Lime ... Arlene Logan
Whit Bissell ... Dr. Alfred Brandon
Charles Willcox Charles Willcox ... Jimmy (as Tony Marshall)
Dawn Richard Dawn Richard ... Theresa
Barney Phillips ... Detective Donovan
Ken Miller Ken Miller ... Vic
Cynthia Chenault ... Pearl (as Cindy Robbins)
Michael Rougas Michael Rougas ... Frank
Robert Griffin ... Police Chief P.F. Baker
Joseph Mell Joseph Mell ... Dr. Hugo Wagner
Malcolm Atterbury ... Charles Rivers
Eddie Marr Eddie Marr ... Doyle
Vladimir Sokoloff ... Pepe the Janitor
Louise Lewis Louise Lewis ... Principal Ferguson
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A troubled teenager seeks help through hypnotherapy, but his evil doctor uses him for regression experiments that transform him into a rampaging werewolf. Written by Mattias Thuresson

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 June 1957 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Blood of the Werewolf See more »

Filming Locations:

Big Bear Lake, California, USA See more »

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Budget:

$82,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$2,000,000
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Production Co:

Sunset Productions (III) See more »
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Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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One of the most successful films ever released by American International Pictures. See more »

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The night-time stalking scenes obviously were shot during daylight, like when the teenager leaves the party at night and walks in the forest. See more »

Quotes

Det. Sgt. Donovan: It's not for man to interfere in the ways of God.
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Connections

Featured in The Last Cigarette (1999) See more »

Soundtracks

Eeny, Meeny, Miney, Mo
Music and Lyrics by Jerry Blaine
Sung by Ken Miller (uncredited)
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Drive-In bagatelle actually generates mood.
5 December 2006 | by BrentCarletonSee all my reviews

Despite its apt but risible title, "I Was a Teenage Werewolf," surprises in both the sincerity of its playing, as well as by its accomplished technical credentials. Campy confessional title nothwithstanding, there is nothing about the screenplay that is deliberately parodic.

Effectively photographed by distinguished cinematographer Joseph La Shelle, and bolstered by an excellent musical score, the film thus provides a solid showcase for both its scenario and the performances of its young principals.

More importantly, (and this is what gives the picture a leg up on others of its ilk) the film is moodily under-lit, giving much of it a film noir ambiance. This is most evident in the hypnosis sequences, (the best in the film) which are staged and photographed in a way very reminiscent of Lewton's "Cat People."

Anyone doubting the value of the change purse aesthetics at work here need only consult the negligible results attained in such schlock as "Blood of Dracula" or the pre-Poe Corman films, which make "Teenage Werewolf" look like David Lean by comparison. Here the sincere effort of the technical crew shows: an unsettled, fatalistic brooding mood is generated, taking equal measure from the sense of doom hanging over the protagonist and expressed in shadows everywhere, even in mid-day living rooms and psychiatrist's offices.

Mr. Landon brings a sensitive intensity to the role that is wholly convincing, and he is ably abetted by all in support. Mr. Sokoloff is fine in his masculine reprise of the Maria Ouspenkaya role from Lon Chaney's "The Wolfman," and a pre Zorro Guy Williams shows up effectively as a policeman.

While admittedly done on a modest budget, this limitation is actually an asset, inasmuch as it prevents the art direction from going over the top in its very effective depiction of proletariat domestic interiors, (Miss Lime's character even has Archie and Edith Bunker type parents.) Thus, the homes, teen club, principal's office etc. are "right on the money."

Even so, sharp eyed viewers will note that a leather sofa does double duty in both the police detective's and Miss Fergusan's office. Similarly, Dr. Brandon's and Miss Fergusan's respective office's are the same set, re-arranged, and re-dressed.

For his part, Mr. Landon, flush with his TV western success, and (equipped with accompanying footage), lampooned his role in the film in a 1969 guest appearance on the Jerry Lewis TV show.


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