The Wolf Man

The Wolf Man

George Waggner (1941)

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This Universal classic not only established Lon Chaney Jr as a horror star but also instigated most of the cinematic werewolf lore concerning pentagrams, the Moon and the fatality of silver. As Lawrence Talbot, Chaney returns home to Wales and, after being warned of life-threatening danger by gypsy Maria Ouspenskaya, is attacked by her werewolf son Bela Lugosi and cursed to transform into a wolf man himself whenever the moon is full. An intelligent, literate script, fine direction by George Waggner, convincing make-up by Jack Pierce (Frankenstein) and a sympathetic performance by Chaney put this atmospheric chiller in the top rank of the Horror Hall of Fame.


The son of a wealthy man returns home, and promptly falls for a local girl - but it's not long before all thoughts of romance are driven from his mind following a bite from a werewolf, which leaves him suffering a nightmarish transformation each time the full moon rises. Universal horror which still retains much of its power, starring Lon Chaney Jnr, Bela Lugosi, Claude Rains and Evelyn Ankers.

Cast & Crew

Lawrence "Larry" Talbot / The Wolf Man Lon Chaney Jr
Sir John Talbot Claude Rains
Gwen Conliffe Evelyn Ankers
Captain Paul Montford Ralph Bellamy
Dr Lloyd Warren William
Frank Andrews Patric Knowles
Maleva Maria Ouspenskaya
Bela Bela Lugosi
Director George Waggner
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Other Information

Language: EnglishBlack and whiteTheatrical distributor: General Film Dist LtdGuidance: Contains some violence.Available on: video, DVD and Blu-ray