I Was a Teenage Werewolf (1957)

USA, 1957
35mm film, black and white, 1.85:1
mono, English

An American horror film directed by Gene Fowler Jr. Production began on 14 March 1957.

Plot Summary

A troubled teenager falls foul of a doctor who subjects him to hypnotic regression experiments that unleash his inner beast, transforming him into a werewolf.


Directed by: Gene Fowler Jr
Copyright MCMLVII [1957], Sunset Productions, Inc.
Samuel Z. Arkoff and James H. Nicholson presents
Produced by: Herman Cohen
Production Manager: Jack R. Berne
Original Story and Screenplay by: Ralph Thornton [real names: Herman Cohen, Aben Kandel]
Assistant Director: Jack R. Berne
Script Supervisor: Mary Gibsone
Director of Photography: Joseph La Shelle
Editorial Supervisor: George Gittens
Music Composed and Conducted by: Paul Dunlap
Music Editor: Axel Hubert
Sound: James S. Thomson
Sound Effects Editor: Henry Adams
Ryder’s Sound
Wardrobe: Oscar Rodriguez
Makeup Created by: Phillip Scheer
Hair Stylist: Fae Smith
Art Director: Leslie Thomas
Set Decorator: Morris Hoffman
Property Master: Max Frankel
Production Secretary: Donna Heydt

Michael Landon [Tony Rivers]
Yvonne Lime [Arlene Logan]
Whit Bissell [Dr Alfred Brandon]
Tony Marshall [Jimmy]
Dawn Richard [Theresa]
Barney Phillips [Det. Sgt. Donovan]
Ken Miller [Vic]
Cindy Robbins [real name: Cynthia Chenault] [Pearl, Vic’s girl]
Michael Rougas [Frank]
Robert Griffin [Police Chief P.F. Baker]
Joseph Mell [Dr Hugo Wagner, Brandon’s assistant]
Malcolm Atterbury [Charles Rivers]
Eddie Marr [Doyle]
Vladimir Sokoloff [Pepe the janitor]
Louise Lewis [Principal Ferguson]
John Launer [Bill Logan]
Guy Williams [Officer Chris Stanley]
Dorothy Crehan [Mrs Mary Logan]

Alternative Titles

Blood of the Werewolf – working title
Les griffes du loup-garou – Belgium (French)
Der Tod hat schwarze Krallen – West Germany

Extracts included in
Creepy Classics (1987)
HBO First Look: The Haunting (1999)
Heartstoppers: Horror at the Movies (1992)
Highway to Heaven: I Was a Middle Aged Werewolf (1987)
Horrible Horror (1986)
It (1990)
Michael Landon Memories with Laughter and Love (1991)
Mystery Science Theater 3000: I Was a Teenage Werewolf (1997)
Nightmare Theatre’s Late Night Chill-o-Rama Horror Show Vol. 1 (1996)
Runaway Daughters (1994)
SexTV: Monstrous Desires: Sexuality and Horror/A Moment with… David Cronenberg (2005)
Some Nudity Required (1998)
Son of Svengoolie: I Was a Teenage Werewolf (1980)
Wolfman Chronicles (1991)



  • Castle of Frankenstein no.11 p.36
  • Daily Film Renter no.7420 (10 July 1957) p.3
  • Empire no.203 (May 2006) pp.124-128 – illustrated article (Attack of the killer B’s!)
  • Empire no.207 (September 2006) pp.62-63 – illustrated article (The top 10 movie titles by Kim Newman)
  • The Film Daily vol.112 no.5 (9 July 1957) p.10
  • Filmfax no.57 (August/September 1996) pp.47, 48 – article
  • Filmfax no.93/94 (October/November 2002) pp.80-81, 128-130 – illustrated article (Twin bill terrorama! by Bryan Senn)
  • The Hollywood Reporter vol.145 no.29 (5 July 1957) p.3
  • Kinematograph Weekly no.2605 (18 July 1957) p.18
  • Monthly Film Bulletin vol.24 no.283 (August 1957) p.103
  • Motion Picture Herald vol.208 no.2 (13 Jul 1957) p.451
  • Sight and Sound vol.1 no.9 (January 1992) p.62 – video note
  • Today’s Cinema vol.89 no.7815 (10 July 1957) p.7
  • Variety 10 July 1957


  • American International Pictures: A Comprehensive Filmography by Rob Craig  pp.205-206
  • American International Pictures: A Filmography by Robert L. Ottoson pp.17-18 – credits, synopsis, review
  • The Aurum Film Encyclopedia: Horror by Phil Hardy (ed.) p.108
  • The Aurum Film Encyclopedia: Science Fiction by Phil Hardy (ed) p.169
  • Earth vs the Sci-fi Filmmakers: Twenty Interviews by Tom Weaver pp.13-30 – illustrated interview with Gary Clarke
  • English Gothic: A Century of Horror Cinema by Jonathan Rigby p.74
  • Faster and Furiouser: The Revised and Fattened Fable of American International Pictures by Mark Thomas McGee pp.1, 84-89, 139, 296; 313
  • Horrorshows: The A-Z of Horror in Film, TV, Radio and Theatre by Gene Wright pp.219-220  – illustrated credits, review
  • It Came from 1957: A Critical Guide to the Year’s Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Films by Rob Craig pp.123-124
  • Nuclear Movies: A Filmography by Mick Broderick p.52
  • Reference Guide to Fantastic Films by Walt Lee p.211 – credits
  • Rock ‘n’ Roll Monsters: The American International Story by Bruce G. Hallenbeck pp.80-87; 288
  • Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror Film Sequels, Series, and Remakes by Kim R. Holston and Tom Winchester pp.276-277
  • The Werewolf Filmography by Bryan Senn pp.137-139