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Directed by: George Waggner

Produced: 1941

Countries & Regions: United States

DVD Details

Certificate: PG

Studio: Universal Pictures

Length: 70 mins

Format: DVD

Region: Region 2

Released: 3 October 2011

Cat No: 8272165

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Languages(s): English
Hard of Hearing Subtitles: English
Subtitles: Arabic, Czech, Greek, Hungarian, Turkish, Romanian,
Interactive Menu
Screen ratio 1:1.33
Dolby Mono

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The Wolf Man

Cast: Patric Knowles , Ralph Bellamy , Lon Chaney Jr , Evelyn Ankers , Claude Rains , Bela Lugosi , Warren William , Lon Chaney Jr. , Fay Helm , Maria Ouspenskaya , Leyland Hodgson

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Having been educated at college in America, Larry Talbot (Lon Chaney Jr) returns to his father’s (Claude Rains) mansion in Wales. After... Read More

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Having been educated at college in America, Larry Talbot (Lon Chaney Jr) returns to his father’s (Claude Rains) mansion in Wales. After meeting Gwen Conliffe (Evelyn Ankers) in the local village, he escorts her to the local fair. She tells him the local legend of the werewolf, but he laughs it off - even when gypsy fortune teller Maleva (Maria Ouspenskaya) and her son Bela (Bela Lugosi) also tell him to beware. Later in the evening Gwen’s friend Jenny is attacked by a wild wolf. Larry rescues her, but is bitten in the process. Sure enough, when the next full moon comes round, Larry finds himself transformed into the wolfman - a murderous creature which can only be destroyed by silver. Followed by ’Frankenstein Meets the Wolf Man’ (1943).

Universal lavished time and money on this one, and were rewarded with a huge box office hit which really got their second cycle of horror films going. Rightly so, because it is a real classic, with Lon Chaney Jnr giving a fine performance as the unfortunate Larry Talbot. His lupine alter-ego may be less than terrifying, but the film otherwise has a nicely spooky atmosphere, with lashings of Hollywood-style English fog. The writer Curt Siodmak, drew on his own experiences as a Jew in Germany persecuted by the Nazis, and (like Chaneys character) doomed through no fault of his own. It is a fatalism which Hollywood only really expressed in horror films like these, and yet they still remain critically undervalued. This one at least deserves more respect.

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