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Werewolf of London (1935)

Passed | | Drama, Fantasy, Horror | 13 May 1935 (USA)
After botanist Wilfred Glendon travels to Tibet in search of a rare flower, the Mariphasa, he returns to a London haunted by murders that can only be the work of bloodthirsty werewolves.

Director:

Stuart Walker

Writers:

John Colton (screenplay), Robert Harris (story)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Henry Hull ... Dr. Wilfred Glendon
Warner Oland ... Dr. Yogami
Valerie Hobson ... Lisa Glendon
Lester Matthews ... Paul Ames
Lawrence Grant ... Sir Thomas Forsythe
Spring Byington ... Miss Ettie Coombes
Clark Williams ... Hugh Renwick
J.M. Kerrigan ... Hawkins
Charlotte Granville ... Lady Forsythe
Ethel Griffies ... Mrs. Whack
Zeffie Tilbury ... Mrs. Moncaster
Jeanne Bartlett Jeanne Bartlett ... Daisy
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Storyline

While on a botanical expedition in Tibet Dr. Wilfred Glendon is attacked in the dark by a strange animal. Returning to London, he finds himself turning nightly into a werewolf and terrorizing the city, with the only hope for curing his affliction a rare Asian flower, the Mariphasa. Written by Jeremy Lunt <durlinlunt@acadia.net>

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Taglines:

Your eyes will behold what your mind would never believe. By day a respected doctor! By night a Human Wolf! (Print Ad-Lodi News, ((Lodi Calif.)) 19 June 1935) See more »

Genres:

Drama | Fantasy | Horror

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Trivia

While it has been well-documented that Henry Hull objected to Jack P. Pierce's original makeup design for the werewolf, producers were also concerned that Pierce's makeup effects would push the boundaries of censorship in the United States. Producers asked Pierce to tone down the zoomorphic qualities of the werewolf transformation scenes and asked him to make the werewolf appear more human in nature in order to gain approval of the censorship board. Pierce's first design for the creature would later be put to effect in The Wolf Man (1941). See more »

Goofs

From a close look at the werewolf makeup, it can be seen that the lower fangs are not dental inserts in the actor's mouth, but are actually a part of the lower lip prosthetic; Henry Hull's real teeth are visible behind them. (This is particularly evident in publicity stills.) See more »

Quotes

Priest: You are foolish, but without fools there would be no wisdom.
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Crazy Credits

"A good cast is worth repeating..." See more »

Connections

Featured in 100 Years of Horror: Werewolves (1996) See more »

Soundtracks

Music
(uncredited)
from The Invisible Man (1933)
Composed by Heinz Roemheld
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This is film that expertly combines the elements of comedy and horror.
14 April 2000 | by keithanddeenieSee all my reviews

This movie is an old friend. I have seen it countless times since childhood and remain fascinated by both the highly original story and the sometimes whacky element of humor which softens a classic horror tale.

When comparing movies in the werewolf genre, one has to refer to "The Wolfman", which starred Lon Chaney, Jr. and Claude Raines. It is, I think, the humor of "Werewolf of London" that sets it apart. Spring Byington probably makes the film with her "Aunt Ettie" with excellent support from the "Mrs. Whack" and "Mrs. Montcaster" (I cannot remember the names of the actresses).

Also, the werewolves, as played by Henry Hull and Warner Oland, are more frightening than that of Lon Chaney because the makeup tends to reveal more of the human character in their faces. Thus does Oland's revelation to Hull that "A werewolf is neither man nor wolf, but a satanic creature with the worst qualities of both," nicely set the tone for what is to follow.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Cantonese | Latin

Release Date:

13 May 1935 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

WereWolf of London See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$195,393 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Universal Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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