Werewolf of London
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Title: Werewolf of London
Directed by: Stuart Walker
Written by: John Colton; Robert Harris; Edmund Pearson
Produced by: Stanley Bergerman; Robert Harris
Music by: Karl Hajos
Cinematography: Charles Stumar
Edited by: Russell Schoengarth
Milton Carruth
Distributed by: Universal Pictures
Released: May 13th, 1935
Rating: Approved
Running time: 75 min.
Country: USA
Language: English

Werewolf of London is an American horror film of the werewolf subgenre. It was directed by Stuart Walker and written by John Colton and Edmund Pearson based on a story treatment by Robert Harris. It was produced by Universal Pictures and released theatrically on May 13th, 1935. It is considered the first mainstream horror movie to focus on the subject of werewolves and premiered six years before the more widely known classic The Wolf Man by George Waggner.

Werewolf of London stars Henry Hull as the eponymous London scientist-turned-werewolf, Doctor Wilfred Glendon. The film also stars Warner Oland as Doctor Yogami, Valerie Hobson as Lisa Glendon, Lester Matthews as Paul Ames, Lawrence Grant as Sir Thomas Forsythe, Spring Byington as Miss Ettie Coombes and Clark Williams as Hugh Renwick. The movie also features appearances by J.M. Kerrigan, Charlotte Granville, Ethel Griffies, Zeffie Tilbury and Jeanne Bartlett.

One of the most notable aspects of the film is the werewolf makeup effects conducted by the legendary Jack Pierce, who had already cemented himself in film lore for his work on Boris Karloff in Frankenstein and would go on to have a tumultuous relationship with Lon Chaney, Jr. in The Wolf Man.

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  • Bob Richards - Sound mixer
  • John P. Fulton - Special effects
  • David S. Horsley - Special effects assistant
  • George DeNormand - Stunt performer [1]
  • Harvey Parry - Stunt performer [2]
  • E. Brown - Grip
  • A. Buckley - Grip
  • Maury Gertsman - Camera operator
  • Lester Kahn - Grip
  • John J. Martin - Assistant camera
  • Irving Smith - Set lighting foreman
  • Maurice Pivar - Supervising editor
  • Gilbert Kurland - Music supervisor
  • Abe Meyer - Music coordinator
  • Archie Hall - Technical director
  • Aben Kandel - Screenplay construction contributor
  • James Mulhauser - Screenplay construction contributor
  • Billy Moritz - Production secretary
  • Selma Platt - Production secretary
  • Jean Raymond - Script clerk
  • Mary West - Child welfare worker
  • Muriel Yoemans - Secretary to director

Notes & Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • Werewolf of London was first released to home video in VHS format as part of Universal's Classic Collection series on September 16th, 1997. [3]
  • Scenes from this film, specifically the close-up book page describing the effects of Mariphasa lupine lumina and the scene where Wilfred Glendon is ascending the steps of the boarding house are included in the Monsters by Moonlight documentary.
  • This was the eleventh film directed by Stuart Walker and his second-to-last film in total. It is his only work in the horror genre.
  • Makeup effects artist Jack Pierce was charged with transforming Hull's character into a beastly half-man/half-wolf. Due to the standards of the time however, Pierce was instructed to tone down his efforts so as to not make Hull's appearance too grotesque, thus offending the sensibilities of 1930s audiences.
  • The werewolf sound effects were made by using a combination of Henry Hull's actual voice and audio samples of a howling timber wolf.
  • This is the only horror film role for actress Eole Galli.
  • This is actress Connie Leon's first work in a horror film. She is also known for playing the role of Mrs. Wykes in 1941's The Wolf Man.
  • This is Maude Leslie's second uncredited role in a film and her first horror film.
  • This is actor James May's fourth film role and his first role in a horror movie.
  • This is actor William Millman's second film role and his first role in a horror movie.
  • This is one of the few films where a werewolf can be seen talking while still in werewolf form. Wilfred Glendon speaks to his wife in his final moments before succumbing to Sir Thomas' gunshot wound.
  • In the mythology of this film, a werewolf can be killed by an ordinary bullet.
  • This is probably the only werewolf feature ever where the werewolf in question grabs his cap and scarf before going out to prowl the streets.
  • Universal Pictures produced a feature in 1946 called She-Wolf of London. The movie was directed by Jean Yarbrough, but is not a sequel to Werewolf of London, nor does it share any other similarities with the film. The title of the movie was the inspiration behind the She-Wolf of London television series of the 1990s, though this too bore no connection to either of the previous films.
  • In 1978, British pop star Warren Zevon recorded a song titled Werewolves of London, which was partially inspired by the Werewolf of London film. The song first appeared on the album Excitable Boy.
  • Doctor Glendon is apparently fluent in Mongolian as evidenced by his ability to communicate with the head coolie during the Tibet expedition.

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