Legend of the Werewolf (1975)

mono, English

A British horror film directed by Freddie Francis.

Plot Summary

A young boy, Etoile who has been raised by wolves, is found by a travelling showman, Maestro Ramponi and grows into the handsome youth. Arriving in Paris, Etoile finds employment in a run down zoo and falls in love with a pretty young visitor, Christine. When he discovers that she's a prostitute, Etoile's werewolf alter ego is released and the backstreets of Paris are soon a bloodbath.


Directed by: Freddie Francis
© MCMLXXV [1975] Tyburn Film Productions Limited
A Tyburn Film production
Produced by: Kevin Francis
Production Manager: Ron Jackson
Written by: John Elder [real name: Anthony Hinds]
Assistant Director: Peter Saunders
Continuity: Pamela Davies
Director of Photography: John Wilcox
Camera Operator: Gerry Anstiss
Gaffer: John Tythe
Grip: George Beavis
Stills Photographer: Douglas Webb
Photographed in: Eastmancolor
Film Editor: Henry Richardson
Assistant Film Editor: Roy Helmrich
Processed by: Rank Film Laboratories
Music Composed by: Harry Robinson
Music Supervisor: Philip Martell
[Music] Recorded at: Anvil Studios
Sound Recordists: John Brommage, Ken Barker
Sound Editor: Roy Baker
Assistant Sound Editor: Beverley Collings
Wardrobe Supervisor: Mary Gibson
Make-up: Jimmy Evans, Graham Freeborn
Hairstylist: Stella Rivers
Special Photographic Effects: Charles Staffell
Art Director: Jack Shampan
Assistant [Art Director]: Brian Ackland-Snow
Properties: Nick Rivers
Construction Manager: George Hill
Production Accountant: Dave Ball
Production Assistant: Lorraine Fennell
Assistant to Kevin Francis: Janet Neal
Dog Handler: Nick Wileman [uncredited]
Made on location and at Pinewood Studios, London – England

Peter Cushing (Professor Paul Cataflanque)
Ron Moody (zoo keeper)
Hugh Griffith (Maestro Pamponi)
David Bailie (Boulon)
Lynn Dalby (Christine)
Stefan Gryff (Max Gerard)
Renée Houston (Chou-Chou)
Norman Mitchell (Tiny)
Mark Weavers (young Etoile)
Marjorie Yates (Madame Tellier)
Roy Castle (photographer)
Elaine Baillie (Annabelle)
John Harvey (prefect)
Patrick Holt (dignitary)
Hilary Labow (Zoe)
Michael Ripper (sewerman)
David Rintoul as the werewolf [opening credits] (Etoile) [end credits]
Pamela Green [Anne-Marie – uncredited]
Sue Bishop [Tania – uncredited]
James McManus [emigre husband – uncredited]
Jane Cussons [emigre wife – uncredited]

Alternative Titles

Plague of the – working title
A Lenda do Lobisomem – Portugese title
Wolf Boy – working title

Extracts included in
Peter Cushing: A One-Way Ticket to Hollywood (1989)


CinemaTV Today no.10097 (24 August 1974) p.8 – credits
Films and Filming vol.22 no.3 (December 1975) p.34 – review
Flesh and Blood no.3 (1994), pp.49, 50 – credits, review (1974)
The Hollywood Reporter vol.232 no.46 (30 August 1974) p.17 – credits
Monthly Film Bulletin vol.42 no.503 (December 1975) p.265 – review
Scary Monsters no.114 (Fall 2019) pp.66-67 – illustrated article (A journey into hair-raising horror, with your guide Peter Cushing by Kevin Nickelson)
Screen International no.10 (8 November 1975) p.12 – review

Unsung Horrors by Eric McNaughton & Darrell Buxton (eds) pp.204-206 – illustrated review (by Wayne Kinsey)