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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:

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 »

Genres:

Horror

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 December 1941 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Destiny See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$180,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Universal Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

In this film, Claude Rains portrays the father of Lon Chaney, Jr., who was the son of Lon Chaney, Sr. Thus, Lon Junior's on-screen father and real-life father have both portrayed The Phantom of the Opera in feature films - Lon Senior in the 1925 original and Claude in the 1943 remake. See more »

Goofs

Talbot refers to Captain Montford, when the credits show him as Colonel Montford. See more »

Quotes

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Chauffeur: Talbot Castle, Mr. Larry.
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This is the place to come for modern Greek tragedy
22 November 2003 | by ROBVRvangesselSee all my reviews

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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