His Howl (and Growl) was heard for the first time when "THE WOLF MAN" premiered in theaters 77 years ago on this day in HORROR Film HISTORY December 12th 1941!
Starring CLAUDE RAINS, WARREN WILLIAM, RALPH BELLAMY, PATRIC KNOWLES, BELA LUGOSI, MARIA OUSPENSKAYA, EVELYN ANKERS & LON CHANEY JR as "THE WOLF MAN"!
Directed by GEORGE WAGGNER.
Original Screenplay by CURT SIODMAK.
MakeUp by JACK PIERCE.
Some Terror'ific BTS shots including CHANEY getting his WOLF makeup by PIERCE (5th photo), relaxing on set with his dog "MOOSE" (7th photo), and in a Publicity Shot with EVELYN ANKERS without his WOLF FEET (last photo).
(Trivia by IMBd)
In CURT SIODMAK'S original script for the film, whether or not LAWRENCE TALBOT really underwent a physical transformation to a WEREWOLF or if the transformation simply occurred in his mind was left ambiguous. The 'WOLF MAN' was never to appear onscreen. Ultimately, the studio determined that TALBOT'S literal transformation into a WEREWOLF would be more appealing to the audience and thus more profitable. The script was revised accordingly.
LARRY TALBOT and his father SIR JOHN attend church on Sunday in the village, but the doorway and steps of the village church looks more like that of a cathedral. In fact, it was a cathedral - part of the original set built for the legendary silent version of "THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME" (1923), which had starred LON CHANEY JR.'S famous father, LON CHANEY and which stood on the Universal back lot for over 20 years.
A fun fact for you: The 'Wolf' that LARRY TALBOT fights with was LON CHANEY JR.'S own German Shepherd, 'Moose' (together in photo 7).
And finally let us never forget...
"Even a man who is pure in heart and says his prayers by night, may become a Wolf when the Wolfbane Blooms and the Autumn Moon is bright."
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None of the ‘Invisible Man’ movies are all that connected, but this one still feels like the third part of a trilogy (when you don’t count ‘Invisible Agent’ or ‘Invisible Woman’). After ‘The Invisible Man Returns’ wasn’t really anything special despite popping Vincent Price’s horror cherry, ‘The Invisible Man’s Revenge’ is a bit more interesting. This is a fun movie that feels a bit more tongue-in-cheek and more fast-paced than the previous one. It doesn’t have any connection to the first two movies and the new invisible man is played by Jon Hall who does a pretty good job. This time it isn’t so much the invisibility that drives him crazy – he is already slightly mad and out for revenge to begin with. We have the great young John Carradine as the (not so mad) scientist who likes to walk his invisible dogs and comedic actor Leon Errol as Hall’s sidekick. The dart scene with Errol (wonderfully spoofed in a segment of ‘Amazon Women on the Moon’) is still pretty funny. Evelyn Ankers, who already encountered the Wolf Man and Frankenstein, is a bit wasted in a smaller love interest part. Of course this film isn’t up there with the original, but I like it more than the second part and I think it’s a pretty entertaining time. #TheInvisibleMansRevenge #FordBeebe #JonHall #JohnCarradine #EvelynAnkers #LeonErrol #40scinema #40shorror #classichorror #classiccinema #universalhorror #universalmonsters #classicmonsters #scifi #cultmovie #blackandwhite #cinephile #filmbuff #universalstudios #classicscifi #madscientist #theinvisibleman #bmovie #oldhollywood #horrorfan #monstermovie
THE WOLF MAN (1941), directed by George Waggner (MAN MADE MONSTER, SOUTH OF TAHITI) from a script by Curt Siodmak (THE INVISIBLE MAN RETURNS, SON OF DRACULA) and starring Lon Chaney Jr. (THE GHOST OF FRANKENSTEIN, SON OF DRACULA), Claude Rains (THE INVISIBLE MAN, PHANTOM OF THE OPERA), Warren William (LADY FOR A DAY, THREE ON A MATCH), Ralph Bellamy (TRADING PLACES, HIS GIRL FRIDAY), Patric Knowles (FRANKENSTEIN MEETS THE WOLF MAN, THE ADVENTURES OF ROBIN HOOD), Bela Lugosi (DRACULA, THE BLACK CAT), Evelyn Ankers (THE GHOST OF FRANKENSTEIN, TARZAN'S MAGIC FOUNTAIN) and Maria Ouspenskaya (FRANKENSTEIN MEETS THE WOLF MAN, THE RAINS CAME). The plot involves Larry Talbot (Chaney), who returns to his family estate in Wales to mourn the death of his brother and reconnect with his estranged father (Rains) only to find himself marked by the curse of the werewolf, putting all those close to him in mortal danger of becoming his next victim.
This movie is almost singlehandedly responsible for Hollywood's depictions of the legend of the werewolf, and—by extension—pop culture. Wolfsbane, silver bullets, becoming cursed after being bitten all originated with this film. The creature makeup—a recycled, abandoned concept from the studio's earlier, less successful werewolf film, WEREWOLF OF LONDON—has become timeless and instantly recognizable like most of Universal's monsters; with this film in particular going on to influence other werewolf cult classics such as AN AMERICAN WEREWOLF IN LONDON and THE HOWLING. The studio recently produced a very worthy remake starring Benicio del Toro and Anthony Hopkins, but it's fascinating to see the genesis from where all those films came from..... #TheWolfMan #GeorgeWaggner #CurtSiodmak #LonChaneyJr. #ClaudeRains #WarrenWilliam #RalphBellamy #PatricKnowles #BelaLugosi #EvelynAnkers #MariaOuspenskaya #31DaysOfHorror #HorrorMovieMarathon #OctoberHorrorMovieMarathon #Halloween #TheGeekMansion
THE FROZEN GHOST 1945. When famous radio hypnotist Alex Gregor (Lon Chaney Jr.) accidentally causes the death of an audience member during a broadcast, his guilt leads him to break off his engagement to Maura Daniel (Evelyn Ankers) and take a job at a wax museum. Jealousy over the attention paid to his new co-worker causes mentally unbalanced sculptor Rudi Poldan (Martin Kosleck) to lash out at museum owner Valerie Monet (Tala Birell) and her niece Nina (Elena Verdugo) in a horrifying fashion. #vintagemoviepostercollector #thefrozenghost #lonchaneyjr #evelynankers #martinkosleck
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"A Noiva de Frankenstein" (1935) é a continuação do filme solo do monstro criado por Mary Shelley. Quatro anos após "Frankenstein" o diretor James Whale e Boris Karloff estavam de volta mas dessa vez o resultado não foi o mesmo. O primeiro era mais cru, mais terror, e esse é mais diversão, embora tenha seus momentos dignos do gênero. Pra um filme muito antigo os efeitos especiais são muito bons. Uma pena é a personagem da noiva ter pouquíssimo tempo em tela. Mesmo assim entrou pra história do cinema. Um detalhe curioso: o filme se chama A Noiva de Frankenstein, mas Frankenstein é o criador, não a criatura. No mais é um bom filme mas o primeiro é melhor.
"O Lobisomem" (1941) é muito bom. Temos Lon Chaney Jr. em seu primeiro papel de destaque e a lenda Bela Lugosi, numa participação. Duas curiosidades: nesse filme não existe a influência da lua cheia na transformação do lobisomem e o conceito do lobisomem ser vulnerável à prata começou aqui. O único porém é o próprio personagem título. Devido aos lobisomens de muitos e muitos filmes posteriores, esse não deixa de ser um ator com maquiagem de lobo. Só as tecnologias posteriores da sétima arte possibilitaram o homem se transformando realmente em lobo. O curioso é que o lobisomem que morde Lon Chaney Jr. é um lobo. Porque ele não virou um lobo também Enfim, esse deslize não compromete o filme que é muito bom #UniversalMonsters #ANoivadeFrankenstein #BrideofFrankenstein #JamesWhale #BorisKarloff #ElsaLanchester #ColinClive #ValerieHobson #ErnestThesiger #GavinGordon #DouglasWalton #UnaOConnor #JohnCarradine #DwightFrye #AnneDarling #OLobisomem #TheWolfMan #GeorgeWaggner #LonChaneyJr #ClaudeRains #WarrenWilliam #RalphBellamy #PatricKnowles #BelaLugosi #MariaOuspenskaya #EvelynAnkers #terror #cinema #filmes #movies
And finally happy birthday in remembrance to the late Mae West, the bawdy, funny and sultry actress, writer, comedienne and playwright who was born 125 ago today and best known for her double entendres and sexual Independence. She was a true legend. Other birthdays include the late #maureenohara, #kelvinmercher of De La Soul, the late #evelynankers of The Wolf Man fame (would have been 100), the late #andrewkoenig (son of Walter Koenig; would have been 50), #helenmccrory (50) #timbagley. #tammytownsend, #katemcneil, #nataliegold, #helenmccrory (50), #marthacoolidge, #kenkwapis, #donniewahlberg, #austinbutler and #seanpenn. #maewest #funnywomen #hollywoodlegend