The Werewolf (1956)

35mm film, black and white, 1.85:1
mono (Westrex Recording System), English
Reviewed at The

An American science fiction/horror film directed by Fred F. Sears.

Plot Summary

An amnesiac man wanders late at night into a small-town high street and briefly stumbles into a bar. He is followed by a local thug, Joe Mitchell, who the man then attacks and kills in an alleyway. Sheriff Jack Haines has the body examined by Dr Jonas Gilchrist and his nurse Amy Standish who note that Mitchell seems to have been the victim of an animal attack. Deputy Ben Clovey is later attacked by some sort of animal in the woods and Haines suspects that he was the victim of a werewolf. The amnesiac turns up at Gilchrist's office with a tale of having been treated by a pair of doctors following a car crash and admits to killing Mitchell. Those doctors Morgan Chambers and Emery Forrest, have in fact exposed the man, identified as Duncan Marsh by his wife Helen and young son Chris, to “irradiated wolf serum”, which causes him to periodically transform into a wolf man. The doctors, the sheriff and the townspeople all take to the hills in search of Marsh before he can kill again.


Directed by: Fred F. Sears
© MCMLVI [1956] by Columbia Pictures Corporation
Columbia Pictures Corporation presents. A Clover production
Produced by: Sam Katzman
Story and Screen Play by: Robert E. Kent, James B. Gordon
Director of Photography: Eddie Linden
Film Editor: Harold White
Music Comducted by: Mischa Bakaleinikoff
Sound: Ferol Redd
Make-up: Clay Campbell *
Art Director: Paul Palmentola

Don Megowan [Jack Haines]
Joyce Holden [Amy Standish]
Eleanore Tanin [Helen Marsh]
Kim Charney [Chris Marsh]
Harry Lauter [Clovey]
Larry J. Blake [Hank Durgis
Ken Christy [Dr Jonas Gilcrist
James Gavin [Mack Fanning
S. John Launer [Dr Emery Forrest
George M. Lynn [Dr Morgan Chambers
George Cisar [Hoxie
Steven Ritch [the werewolf/Duncan Marsh]
Charles Horvath [Joe – uncredited]

Alternative Titles

Los colmillos del lobo – Argentine, Mexican, Spanish title
Ihmissusi – Finnish title
Il mostro della California – Italian title
O Lobisomem – Brazilian title
O Lobo Humano – Portuguese title
Le Loup-garou – French title
Noaptea vârcolacului – Romanian title
De weerwolf – Dutch title
Оборотень – Russian title

Extracts included in
Wolfman Chronicles (1991)

See also
Wolf Mother: Hunted (2015)


The Film Daily vol.109 no.113 (12 June 1956) p.10
Filmfax no.62 (August/September 1997) pp.67, 68 – illustrated interview with Steven Ritch (Cult of The Werewolf by Paul Parla)
The Hollywood Reporter vol.137 no.29 (9 December 1955) p.16
The Hollywood Reporter vol.140 no.1 (1 June 1956) p.3
Kine Weekly no.2550 (28 June 1956) p.39
Monthly Film Bulletin vol.23 no.271 (August 1956) p.108 – credits, synopsis, review
Motion Picture Herald vol.203 no.12 (23 June 1956) p.946
Variety 13 June 1956

The Aurum Film Encyclopedia: Horror by Phil Hardy (ed.) p.106
Aurum Film Encyclopedia: Science Fiction by Phil Hardy (ed) p.164
The Columbia Checklist: The Feature Films, Cartoons, Serials and Short Subjects of Columbia Pictures, 1922-1988 by Len D. Martin p.385
Columbia Pictures Horror, Science Fiction and Fantasy Films, 1928-1982 by Michael R. Pitts pp.276-277 – illustrated credits, synopsis, review
Horror and Science Fiction Films IV by Donald C. Willis p.553
Nuclear Movies: A Filmography by Mick Broderick p.51
by Walt Lee) p.533 – credits
The Werewolf Filmography by Bryan Senn p.223-225