The Wolf Man (1941)

35mm film, black and white, 1.37:1
mono, English

An American horror film directed by George Waggner.

Plot Summary

Larry Talbot arrives in the family home in Wales where he is attacked by a werewolf in a gypsy camp. Talbot inherits the gypsy's curse and is doomed to become a wolf man every full moon.


* = uncredited

Directed by: George Waggner
© MCMXLI by Universal Pictures Company, Inc.
A Universal picture. Universal presents
Executive Producer: Jack J. Gross *
Produced by: George Waggner
Original Screenplay: Curt Siodmak
Assistant Director: Vernon Keays
Director of Photography: Joseph Valentine
Film Editor: Ted Kent
Music: Charles Previn *, Hans J. Salter *, Frank Skinner *
Musical Director: Charles Previn
Sound Director: Bernard B. Brown
Technician: Joe Lapis
Western Electric Mirrorphonic
Gowns: Vera West
Make-up Artist: Jack P. Pierce
Art Director: Jack Otterson
Associate: Robert Boyle
Set Decorations: R.A. Gausman [real name: Russell A. Gausman]

Claude Rains as Sir John Talbot
Warren William as Doctor Lloyd
Ralph Bellamy as Colonel [Paul] Montford
Patric Knowles as Frank Andrews
Bela Lugosi as Bela
Maria Ouspenskaya as Maleva
Evelyn Ankers as Gwen Conliffe
Lon Chaney as the wolf man/[Larry Talbot]
J.M. Kerrigan (Charles Conliffe)
Fay Helm (Jenny [Williams])
Forrester Harvey ([Victor] Twiddle)
Jessie Arnold [gypsy woman] *
Caroline Cooke, Margaret Fealy [women] *
Harry Cording [Wykes] *
Gibson Gowland, Olaf Hytten [villagers] *
Leyland Hodgson [Kendall] *
Kurt Katch [gypsy with bear] *
La Riana [gypsy dancer] *
Connie Leon [Mrs Wykes] *
Doris Lloyd [Mrs Williams] *
Ottola Nesmith [Mrs Bally] *
Eddie Polo [churchgoer] *
Ernie Stanton [Phillips] *
Tom Stevenson [Richardson] *
Harry Stubbs [Reverend Norman] *
Eric Wilton [chauffeur] *

Alternative Titles

L'uomo lupo – Italy
Der Wolfsmensch – Germany

Frankenstein Meets the Wolf Man (1943)
House of Dracula (1945)
House of Frankenstein (1944)

See also
Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein (1948)
An American Werewolf in London (1981)
An American Werewolf in Paris (1997)
El castillo de los monstrous (1957)
Cry of the Werewolf (1944)
Curse of the Queerwolf (1988)
Darkman (1990)
Dracula: Dead and Loving It (1995)
Dr Terror's House of Horrors (1965)
Full Moon High (1981)
F/X (1986)
Here Come the Munsters (1995)
The Howling (1980)
Mad Monster Party? (1967)
The Monster Squad (1987)
Pee-wee's Big Adventure (1985)
Spawn (1997)
Teen Wolf (1985)
Teen Wolf Too (1987)
Vampire in Brooklyn (1995)
Werewolf (1996)
Wolfman (1979)

Extracts included in
100 Years of Horror (1996)
The American Nightmare (2000)
Coming Soon (1982)
The Howling (1980)
Leviatán (1984)
Terror in the Aisles (1984)
Universal Horror (1998)



  • American Cinematographer vol.84 no.7 (July 2003) p.112 – illustrated article
  • Empire no.163 (January 2003) pp.168-169 – illustrated DVD review
  • Fangoria no.191 (April 2000) pp.68-69 – illustrated DVD review
  • Films in Review vol.36 no.12 (December 1985) pp.597-598 – article
  • Film Journal vol.2 no.2 (1973) pp.16, 23 – article
  • Monsters from the Vault no.1 p.5 – review
  • Monthly Film Bulletin vol.9 no.101 (May 1942) p.64 – credits, synopsis, review
  • Motion Picture Herald vol.145 no.12 (20 December 1941) – review
  • Motion Picture Herald vol.172 no.10 (4 September 1948) – review
  • Scary Monsters no.114 (Fall 2019) pp.59-61 – illustrated article (The wolf man's movie transformations by Ernie Magnotta)
  • Sight & Sound vol.10 no.2 (February 2000) p.62 – video review
  • Total Film no.141 (June 2008) p.13 – illustrated note (Hairy (old) times)


  • After Dracula: The 1930s Horror Film by Alison Peirse pp.12, 126, 150, 176
  • Educational Institutions in Horror Film: A History of Mad Professors, Student Bodies, and Final Exams by Andrew L. Grunzke pp.27
  • Fear Itself: Horror on Screen and in Reality During the Depression and World War II by Melvin E. Matthews Jr pp.127, 129-133
  • Feature Films, 1940-1949: A United States Filmography by Alan G. Fetrow pp.581-582
  • The Monster Movies of Universal Studios by James L. Neibaur pp.80-90 – illustrated credits, article
  • The Horror Factory by Bruce Dettman and Michael Bedford pp.86-90 – article
  • Horrorshows: The A-Z of Horror in Film, TV, Radio and Theatre by Gene Wright p.225-226 – credits, review
  • Recovering 1940s Horror Cinema: Traces of a Lost Decade by Mario DeGiglio-Bellemare, Charlie Ellbé and Kristopher Woofter (eds.) pp.xii-xiii, 68-69, 149, 242, 246, 264, 267, 282, 287, 302
  • by Walt Lee pp.547; 548 – credits; still
  • Top 100 Horror Movies by Gary Gerani pp.118-119 – illustrated credits, synopsis, review
  • Universal Horrors by Michael Brunas, John Brunas and Tom Weaver – article
  • Universal Studios Monsters: A Legacy of Horror by Michael Mallory pp.90-95 – illustrated article