Review: ‘The Wolf Man’

The English legendary werewolf provides basis for another cinematic adventure into the horrific chiller-diller realm. The Wolf Man is a compactly-knit tale of its kind, with good direction and performances by an above par assemblage of players, but dubious entertainment.

The English legendary werewolf provides basis for another cinematic adventure into the horrific chiller-diller realm. The Wolf Man is a compactly-knit tale of its kind, with good direction and performances by an above par assemblage of players, but dubious entertainment.

Young Lon Chaney (who drops the Jr in films for the first time here) returns to the family’s English castle after long absence in America, to stand in line as heir to the estate. According to legend, a person bitten by a werewolf assumes the dual personality of the latter – and Chaney is the victim of a bite.

Young Chaney gives a competent performance both straight and under makeup for the dual role. Script stresses the tenseness of the fabled tale in both action and dialog, with George Waggner piloting in okay manner.

The Wolf Man

Production

Universal. Director George Waggner; Producer George Waggner; Screenplay Curt Siodmak; Camera Joseph Valentine; Editor Ted Kent; Music Charles Previn

Crew

(B&W) Available on VHS, DVD. Extract of a review from 1941. Running time: 69 MIN.

With

Lon Chaney Claude Rains Ralph Bellamy Bela Lugosi Maria Ouspenskaya
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