The Wolf Man (1941) Movie Review

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The Wolf Man (1941)

1941 | R | Horror, Drama
70 minutes / 1h 10min

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The Wolf Man Plot Synopsis:

Upon the death of his brother, Larry Talbot returns from America to his ancestral home in Wales. He visits a gypsy camp with village girl Jenny Williams, who is attacked by Bela, a gypsy who has turned into a werewolf. Larry kills the werewolf but is bitten during the fight. Bela's mother tells him that this will cause him to become a werewolf at each full moon. Larry confesses his plight to his unbelieving father, Sir John, who then joins the villagers in a hunt for the wolf. Transformed by the full moon, Larry heads for the forest and a fateful meeting with both Sir John and Gwen Conliffe.

The Wolf Man (1941) Review

The Wolf Man (1941) is a 1h 10 min American horror cult film that was shot in Universal Studios - 100 Universal City Plaza, Universal City, California, USA. Director George Waggner (The Fighting Kentuckian (1949), 77 Sunset Strip (1959-1963), Operation Pacific (1951)) executed The Wolf Man remarkably well for the day and age it was made. The movie contains suspense, minor violence, werewolf, gypsy, animal attack, wolfsbane, lycanthrope, paranoia, voyeurism, superstition, silver bullet, shapeshifter, beaten to death, monster, lycanthropy, and grave diggers.

The Wolf Man takes place in the early twentieth century where Larry Talbot (Lon Chaney Jr. - High Noon (1952), The Defiant Ones (1958), Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein (1948)) learns of his brothers’ death. Larry’s return to his hometown, Llanelly, Wales where he reconciles with his father, Sir John Talbot (Claude Rains - Casablanca (1942), Lawrence of Arabia (1962), Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939), Notorious (1946)). It did not take long for Larry to find a love interest, Gwen (Evelyn Ankers - Sherlock Holmes and the Voice of Terror (1942), Son of Dracula (1943), The Pearl of Death (1944)) to pursue.

Larry attempted to be a hero one night and tried to rescue Gwen’s friend Jenny (Fay Helm - Dark Victory (1939), Phantom Lady (1944), Sister Kenny (1946)) from being attacked by a werewolf but got bitten in the process. The movie progresses into being an outstanding genuine watch that was refreshing and not at all scary because the werewolves look unrealistic, but we have to take into consideration that this is a 1940s movie. There was a few continuity errors and mistakes. The Wolf Man should not be missed by any horror fans even if you do not enjoy older movies because this movie has a lot to offer and is a movie that will be seen many times in my household throughout the years.

  • The Wolf Man Rating Scores
  • Our Score: 8
  • Overall Score: 8.26
  • IMDB: 7.4
  • Rotten Tomatoes: 9.4

About The Wolf Man 1941

Title: The Wolf Man
Year: 1941
Runtime: 70 minutes
Type: Movie
Genre: Horror, Drama
Score: 4 / 5 stars
Avg. Rating: 4.13/5 stars from 20,090 users.
Total Avg. Votes: 20,090
MPAA Rating: R
The Wolf Man Cast Starring: Ralph Bellamy, Connie Leon, Bela Lugosi, J.M. Kerrigan, Harry Stubbs, Monty O'Grady, Claude Rains, Leyland Hodgson, Warren William, Olaf Hytten, La Riana, Patric Knowles, Doris Lloyd, Maria Ouspenskaya, Ottola Nesmith, Evelyn Ankers, Eddie Polo, Ernie Stanton, Fay Helm, Anne G. Sterling, Forrester Harvey, Tom Stevenson, Lon Chaney Jr., Jessie Arnold, Eric Wilton, Caroline Frances Cooke, Harry Cording, Gertrude Astor, Margaret Fealy, Fanny Sterling
The Wolf Man Writers: NA
The Wolf Man Director: George Waggner
Production: Universal Pictures
Language: English
Country: USA