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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 robber him but he turns into an animal and kills the attacker. Deputy ... See full summary »


Fred F. Sears


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


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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


In Mountaincrest, a stranger without memory arrives in a bar to have a drink. When he leaves the bar, a local tries to robber 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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Release Date:

July 1956 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Los colmillos del lobo See more »

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


This isn't the first time Clay Campbell created a werewolf makeup. He used the same techniques to create the monster for an earlier film, The Return of the Vampire (1943). 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 La Bamba (1987) See more »

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Innovative and Under-rated.
21 February 2009 | by ElswetSee all my reviews

Yeah, sure, this has been done and done, the dialog is trite, and many of the plot elements are contrived, I'll admit to that, but in 1956, this was still some pretty fresh stuff. Edgy and hard, this attempts to cash in on Universal's immense success with The Wolfman.

Everyone seems to think that the current Hollywood trends are just that - current, but Hollywood has scarcely changed its tactics at all since the beginning. Even the 1930's Universal horrors were remakes of silent films, and Hollywood has done remakes, sequels, reboots, and revisionist films since the beginning. Sometimes they are actually superior to their originals and sometimes they need not bother being mentioned.

This one falls somewhere in the middle in that it is nowhere near as good as the original and nothing as bad as some of the 1970's and 1980's attempts. This isn't Friday/Saturday night quality (more "rainy Sunday afternoon" fare), but it IS worth a watch.

It rates a 7.8/10 on the B&W scale.

It rates a 5.6/10 on the movie scale from...

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