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MOVIE OF THE WEEK: Saturday September 29, 2012 - MOVIE - Melodrama "WEREWOLF OF LONDON" (1935). Starring Henry Hull. Overshadowed by THE WOLF MAN, this Universal werewolf tale can stand on its own. Henry Hull plays the demonic looking lycanthrope. Warner Oland is also excellent as another wolf man.Suggested by Bob Swaney -  Manalapan, NJ.

WEREWOLF OF LONDON is an interesting "stand-alone" Universal from 1935. He never made a re-appearance in other Universal horror movies and got over-shadowed by THE WOLF MAN in 1941. A really good early werewolf film...I believe the first sound werewolf film. Taken on it's own, I like it a lot. The only thing that holds it back a bit, for me is that, like in DRACULA'S DAUGHTER, I don't find most of the characters likeable. At least the main characters. It's hard to really relate to any of have the distant, absorbed, then distantly frightened scientist, the quick to shift allegiance wife, the ex-boyfriend on the prowl with the married wife, snooty society ladies.... and Warner Oland as a ruthless cursed interloper. The ones I really like were the silly, drunk land ladies and the doctor's kindly assistant. But, overall, the make-up and the "feel" of the movie is great. That make-up is really sinister!

A note that there are photos of the original make-up for this film that are much more similar to what would by Chaney's Wolf Man by Pierce. Reports are that Henry Hull thought it didn't make sense that his character was recognized while as the werewolf if he was so obscured in make-up. So a lesser, but more satanic make-up was designed by Pierce.

My friend Frank Nicoletti pointed out to me that there appears to be a scene in which the original make-up is seen, kind of. The scene were the werewolf attacks the older society lady (drunk in bed). You see the shadow of the werewolf and the make-up as determined by the shadow is different! Very much like the Wolf Man/original werewolf make-up for this film.

Perhaps that scene was one of the first shot before the make-up was changed and they felt it wouldn't be noticed as it was just seen as shadow. Interesting.

I enjoyed WEREWOLF OF LONDON (1935) for, perhaps, my 20th viewing....hope you did too.

-Ron Adams, Ligonier, PA

Hey Bash Synchers,

I watched this Universal Classic for the second time in my life this weekend. It is not one of my favorites. It is too slow at getting started and has too much comic relief and non Werewolf stuff going on. The transformations are handled well, and I like the look of the werewolf. The ending was good, but it didn´t keep my attention getting to it. One thing I thought was interesting, , was the bit at the zoo, where the lush was seducing her married boyfriend who was a guard at the zoo. That was quite risque for that time, especially since the Hayes Code was in effect in 1935. Also it was quite blatant that Dr. Glendon´s wife was on the border of cheating with Paul throughout the film. Not bad, but I´d rather see the Invisible Man or a Frankenstein movie.

Sonora Mexico


Excellent choice this weekend for viewing WEREWOLF OF LONDON. I first saw this movie
back in 1959 when Shock Theater was shown on our local NBC affiliate here in OKC on
Saturday evenings at 11:30. Watching it this weekend was probably the 4th time I have
watched it since then. 

I also got out my back issue of FMOF (issue #24, August 1963) which had the filmbook
of WEREWOLF OF LONDON in it. I scanned it and also reread some of the facts concerning
the film.

One other thing I did. Since one of the actors in it was Warner Oland, I had to get out and look
at not one but two of the Charlie Chan movies of the thirties.

-Larry Boyington, Oklhoma City, OK

Hi Ron, Greetings...

The Werewolf of London is really a great flick; Henry Hull is as good as Chaney
as a tortured soul, who doesn't know how to deal with the horror that has come
upon him, the rest of the cast,character actors Spring Byington, Warren 0land,
Lester Matthews and the pretty Valerie Hobson, make this an enjoyable 0ctober
night movie. Ethel Griffies fighting w/ her friend over who will rent the room
well, kind of funny.

Jay " J50smonstakid" Maggio, Kingsman, AZ

Hey guys.

Another example of a movie that was not receive well when it first came out but is now consider a classic. Always overlooked because of The Wolfman, Werewolf of London has everything one would want in a Universal horror movie. Great story, acting, thrills and actual suspense along with Jack Pierce's great werewolf make-up of Henry Hull. I actually think this is one of Pierce's best works.

Both Henry Hull and Warren Oland give fantastic performances as two torture souls who know that they are responsible for all the murder and mayhem that is going on, thought it would of been nice to see Mr. Oland in full werewolf make-up. Even the relationship between Henry Hull and Valerie Hobson as an older husband trying to keep a much younger wife wife happy was good. Talk about an age difference Henry Hull at forty-five was twenty-seven years older than Ms. Hopson who was only eighteen. Come to think of it Lester Matthews who played Ms. Hopson's childhood sweet-heart was seventeen years older. Talk about robbing the cradle.

Anyway a fantastic movie that deserves its place among the Universal greats. Talk you guys later.

Bob Swaney
Manalapan, NJ

First saw this in the early 70s when Portland In. finally got cable TV and we could pick up WTTV channel 4 in Indy. It was shown on Nightmare Theater on Friday nights as part of a double feature. They would even show the original trailers when they advertised the movie.

Great opening filmed at the Vasquez Rocks Natural Area Park which was supposed to be Tibet. Shot of the full moon over the mountains was a great way to start a werewolf movie. Also the scene where Dr. Glendon is attacked by the werewolf (Warner Oland) was very effective. I liked the makeup for Henry Hull even though it wasn't like the Wolf Man makeup. It is just another classic makeup by Jack Pierce.

Besides the 2 main stars there are several other actors who do a great job in this movie-Valerie Hobson, Lester Matthews and Spring Byington. Dialog between Henry Hull and Warner Oland was very good .Warner Oland is trying to warn Henry about what was going to happen to him without coming out and saying that he was the one who afflicted him. This film may not be the same type of classic as "Bride of Frankenstein" or "The Wolf Man" but it is a classic in its own right. Always enjoy watching this movie. Great choice!

-Dave Myers, Bryant,In.

I have fond memories of this, even if it has not aged well at all.
Was living in the San Francisco Bay area from Aug 1970-July 1972 and
remember watching CREATURE FEATURES with Bob Wilkins, where for the
first several months, it was mostly stinkbombs like BILLY THE KID VS
DRACULA or THE SNOW CREATURE. Shortly after we moved to our second
house (closer to the Presidio where my Dad worked -if I remember
correctly, it was the first right after you got into Marin County
heading down to Fort Baker), which was big, very old and lots of
creaks. Bob declared that he was tired of showing "crummy movies" and
was going to have a "90 Day Freeze" where it would be the old classics
with a double feature motif which lasted the rest of the time I lived
there. I believe this and THE BLACK CAT (1934) were the first double

This has a pretty good story line and the makeup is quite effective
(love the first transformation scene!), but as said, a lot of
unpleasant people in here and the comedy relief just doesn't make it.
How I wanted Henry Hull to shred Spring Byington's annoying character
to shreds as well as the two obnoxious landladies that Una O'Connor
could have done in her sleep and would have been more amusing. Also,
like Otto Kruger in DRACULA'S DAUGHTER, Henry Hull's character is
incredibly abrasive and cold -you feel sorry for Valerie Hobson as his
wife . Oddly enough, as his situation becomes more desperate, Hull
becomes a nicer person! Go figure.

Not a big fan of this, but has a certain charm to it and my fondest
memory is reading FAMOUS MONSTER OF FILMLAND #98 and the article by
"Uncle Forry" requesting fan mail to be sent to Mr. Hull inspired me
to send one of my first fan letters. A month or so later, got a
postcard from Mr. Hull which said, "Dear Friend: Thank you so much
for your appreciation, for which I am always grateful" along with his
signature. Wrote him a couple more times, but did not hear back as he
was in his 80's and probably not in the best of health. Saw him in
other movies which I enjoyed and was quite sad when he passed away in

So, not a great movie overall, but not bad either and just because
of that and the nice card I got, I give this ***.

Steve Schimming

A note from Bob Pellegrino: The lab assistant to Henry Hull is the same actor who played Evelyn Ankers dad in THE WOLF MAN (1941).

I have always liked this film, and I think its only real weakness is
the casting of Lester Matthews (as Paul Ames, the supposed younger suitor to Valerie Hobson's Lisa
Glendon character) -- He is way too old to have been the younger lover of Valerie Hobson's
character: What was he, a child molester? In real life he was 17 years older than
Valerie Hobson. Terrible casting.

The fact that Matthews looks almost as old as Hobson's older husband,
Dr. Glendon (Henry Hull), totally ruins that 'younger rival' aspect of the story (as did Matthews casting that
same year in "The Raven" -- Although he was only 7 years older than Irene Ware in "The Raven," he
looks much older: Two movies in the same year that he is portraying a character that is
written to be much younger, and it really confuses the storyline and invalidates the motivation of
the female leads).

But one question has never been answered (to my knowledge) --
Who is the first werewolf in the "Werewolf of London" ??
The Creature that attacks Henry Hull and puts the bite on him in the
early sequence does not look anything like Warner Oland
(not would I easily believe that Oland would submit to the makeup and
the action in the scene).

Does anyone have actual information that targets the performer who is
dressed as Universal Pictures first on-screen werewolf?

Phil Smoot
Asheboro, NC


One of your readers wanted to know who played the werewolf behind the rocks watching
Henry Hull there at the beginning of the movie. I was told many years ago that it was a
stuntman who was under contract at the time with Universal Studios. No name given.

- Larry Boyington, Oklahoma City, OK

Ron,    About the question on who played the 1st werewolf in Werewolf of London. The IMDB lists 2 stunt men doubling for Henry Hull. They are George DeNormand  and Harvey Parry. These are the only stunt men listed here. One of these men was probably the one. I don't believe it was Warner Oland either.         

- Dave Myers,   Bryant, In.

Phil, while viewing with Bob Pellegrino here, I brought up the point that that was surely NOT Warner Oland. Wonder who that actor was, indeed? -Ron

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