“Svengoolie” presents: “The Wolf Man”
Realart theatrical re-issue trailer for Universal Studios’ 1941 monster film, “The Wolf Man.”
“The Wolf Man” was directed by George Waggner, who also worked on “Man-Made Monster” for Universal in 1940. Later in his career, Waggner directed 10 episodes of the live-action “Batman” TV series featuring Adam West and Burt Ward (from 1966-67).
Who was in “The Wolf Man” (1941)?
The players who appeared in “The Wolf Man” were Lon Chaney, Jr. (as Lawrence “Larry” Talbot/the “Wolf Man”), Claude Rains (as Sir John Talbot), Bela Lugosi (as Bela), Ralph Bellamy (as Colonel Montford), Evelyn Ankers (as Gwen Conliffe), Warren William (as Dr. Lloyd), Maria Ouspenskaya (as Maleva) and Patric Knowles (as Frank Andrews).
Lon Chaney, Jr. was credited as “Lon Chaney” in the film
According to the American Film Institute’s database entry on “The Wolf Man,” this was the junior Chaney’s first film where he dropped the “Jr.” suffix from his name.
Jack Pierce’s “Wolf Man” make-up design was based off an earlier make-up design for another Universal creature feature
The make-up technique for Chaney’s “Wolf Man” portrayal was created by veteran Universal Studios make-up artist Jack Pierce. According to IMDB, the “Wolf Man” make-up mold was based off of Pierce’s rejected “wolf creature” design for an earlier Universal monster film, “Werewolf of London” (1935).
He also spent five months perfecting the style of the make-up effects for Chaney’s “Wolf Man,” according to additional details on AFI’s database.
Additional Universal “Wolf Man” features with Lon Chaney, Jr.
“The Wolf Man” was one of the studio’s biggest box office hits of 1941, according to AFI’s database entry on the film. Lon Chaney, Jr. would reprise his role of Larry Talbot/the “Wolf Man” in four more Universal monster features, including “Frankenstein Meets the Wolf Man” (1943), “House of Frankenstein” (1944),”House of Dracula” (1945) and “Bud Abbott and Lou Costello Meet Frankenstein” (1948).
The junior Chaney’s final portrayal of “The Wolf Man” (in a brief appearance on television)
In 1962, Lon Chaney, Jr. appeared with Boris Karloff and Peter Lorre (as themselves) in an episode of the hit drama-adventure TV series, “Route 66” (with Martin Milner and George Maharis). The episode, “Lizard’s Leg and Owlet’s Wing” was produced during the third season of the series (according to IMDB).
Clap for “The Wolf Man” (1941) with Svengoolie this Sat. on Me-TV!*
With a cast of familiar faces (Chaney, Rains, Lugosi, Ankers, Bellamy, William, Ouspenskaya and Knowles) and Jack Pierce’s monster make-up design, you will not want to miss out on Svengoolie’s big broadcast of “The Wolf Man” this Sat. on Me-TV!
Break out the popcorn and have a frightfully good time with Sven, Doug and Kerwyn! Another perfect Universal Studios monster classic for the Halloween season (highly recommended)!
*Ed. Note: A play on the title of the hit 1974 song “Clap for the Wolfman,” performed by The Guess Who with legendary disc jockey Wolfman Jack. -C.H.
In the Frederick, Maryland/Washington, D.C. area: WTTG-5.3/Cable 196/Fios 489/Antietam Cable 194 (also on QAM digital 68.6 for Antietam cable subscribers)
In the Baltimore, Maryland area: WBAL-TV 11.2/Cable 208
In the Hanover/Gettysburg/York, Pennsylvania area: WGAL-TV 8.2/Cable 248
Join in on the fun by live-tweeting with fellow Svengoolie SvenPals on Twitter throughout the land during Sven’s big broadcast on Me-TV with fellow super Sven fans (by using “#Svengoolie”)!
An article on Sven in the Oct. edition of Chicago Magazine! According to Svengoolie’s official social media post, writer Bill Zehme recently wrote an article about Sven on the last page of the Oct. edition of Chicago Magazine! To fellow SvenPals in the greater Berwyn/Chicago area, be sure to pick up a copy at your favorite newsstand, supermarket or bookstore!
Svengoolie’s introduction to his Chicago broadcast of “The Wolf Man” (from his WFLD days as the “Son of Svengoolie,” circa early-to-mid 1980s; via Rick Thomas’ YouTube channel)
In relation to Lon Chaney, Jr. and “The Wolf Man:”
Watch Lon Chaney, Jr.; Boris Karloff and Peter Lorre in the “Route 66” episode, “Lizard’s Leg and Owlet’s Wing” on Me-TV’s official website (by arrangement with Shout! Factory, which owns the rights to the “Route 66” TV series; according to a 2011 Shout! press release featured on the “TV Shows on DVD” website).
In relation to “The Wolf Man” (1941):
“The Wolf Man” is also available on DVD, Blu-Ray Disc and in Universal’s multi-disc “Wolf Man” film collection, “The Wolf Man: The Complete Legacy Collection.”