Theatrical trailer for “Werewolf of London” (1935). Note: This was altered for the later Realart re-issue of the Universal monster classic.
“Werewolf of London” (1935) was directed by Stuart Walker. That same year, Walker also directed a musical comedy for Universal, titled “Manhattan Moon” (1935, with Ricardo Cortez, Dorothy Page and Regis Toomey). Walker also served in uncredited roles as producer and associate producer for the later “Bulldog Drummond” series of mystery films at rival studio Paramount Pictures from 1937–39, according to IMDB.
Walker’s 1935 Universal horror entry served as the precursor to the studio’s later series of “Wolf Man”/werewolf-themed monster franchise films; including George Waggoner’s “The Wolf Man” (1941, with Lon Chaney Jr., Bela Lugosi, Claude Rains, Ralph Bellamy, Evelyn Ankers, Warren William and Patric Knowles).
This will mark Sven’s sixth showcase of “Werewolf of London” (1935) on Me-TV. He previously showcased the film in Oct. 2012 (before Me-TV came into the Washington, D.C./Frederick, Maryland television market in early 2013), Feb. 2013, Sept. 2014, Jan. 2016 and March 2017.
Who was in Walker’s Universal “werewolf” monster feature?
The actors who appeared in “Werewolf of London” (1935), were Henry Hull (as Dr. Wilfred Glendon), Warner Oland (of “Charlie Chan” fame as Dr. Yogami), Spring Byington (as Ettie Coombes), Valerie Hobson (as Lisa Glendon), Lawrence Grant (as Sir Thomas Forsythe), Lester Matthews (as Paul Ames), Clark Williams (as Hugh Renwick), J.M. Kerrigan (as Hawkins; Kerrigan would be later cast in the role of Charles Conliffe in 1941’s “The Wolf Man”), Charlotte Granville (as Lady Forsythe), Ethel Griffies (as Mrs. Whack), Zeffie Tilbury (as Mrs. Moncaster) and Jeanne Bartlett (as Daisy).
Original working title for “Werewolf of London”
According to the American Film Institute’s database entry on “Werewolf of London” (1935), Universal executives originally planned on releasing Walker’s feature under the title of “Werewolf.”
Warner Oland was not Universal’s original choice for the role of Dr. Yogami
Before Warner Oland was cast in the role of Dr. Yogami for “Werewolf of London” (1935), studio executives originally considered Bela Lugosi for the role (according to additional details from IMDB). Lugosi was unable to play the role of Yogami, due to his commitment in Tod Browning’s vampire feature for rival studio Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, “Mark of the Vampire” (1935, Lugosi played the role of Count Mora in Browning’s post-“Dracula” entry).
Promoted as a “midnight” movie attraction to theater owners
According to Universal Studios’ 1935 publicity publication for “Werewolf of London,” the studio’s publicity department encouraged cinema exhibitors to screen the film as a “midnight movie” with added “wolf-themed” gimmicks. Similar cinema “gimmick” techniques would later be enacted by legendary horror/thriller film director William Castle for his iconic Allied Artists and Columbia Pictures shock thrillers in the 1950s and early 1960s.
Be sure to watch (or record) Svengoolie’s upcoming showcase of “Werewolf of London” (1935), this Sat. on Me-TV!
If you have watched Sven’s previous showcases of “Werewolf of London” (1935) before on Me-TV, or if this will be your first time watching Stuart Walker’s Universal werewolf entry; you will not want to miss out on Svengoolie’s showcase with his added fun facts, maestro Doug Graves’ parody song of the evening and Kerwyn’s famous “mail call” segment!
Highly recommended to all fellow Svengoolie SvenPals from coast-to-coast this Sat. on the airlanes of Me-TV (with an ensemble cast and Jack Pierce‘s iconic “werewolf” make-up design)! A perfect Universal monster classic to kick off the month of June!
Sidebar: Be sure to listen to Warren Zevon’s 1978 hit, “Werewolves of London” before watching! -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 (via Twitter) during Sven’s showcase of “Werewolf of London” (1935) on Me-TV!
Flashback: An earlier “Silver Screen Reflections” post on Svengoolie’s March 2017 showcase of “Werewolf of London” (1935, includes info on the other Universal “Wolf Man” werewolf monster film entries and how the film also served as an inspiration for Warren Zevon’s hit 1978 song, “Werewolves of London”)!
A cameo mention of a fellow super SvenPal in Svengoolie and Kerwyn’s “Mail Call” segment (during the return “Tarantulas: The Deadly Cargo” on Me-TV)!
(Begins at the 1:03 mark): Fellow super Svengoolie SvenPals from coast-to-coast jumped for joy when Svengoolie and Kerwyn mentioned fellow super SvenPal and Chicago-based artist/graphic designer/photographer Nanette Keir in the May 26 “Mail Call” segment during the return of “Tarantulas: The Deadly Cargo” (1977) on Me-TV!
Both Sven and Kerwyn showcased her wonderful Universal Monsters pop-up pyramid art design, with her designs of The Wolf Man (Lon Chaney Jr.), Frankenstein’s monster (Boris Karloff), The Mummy (Boris Karloff) and Count Dracula (Bela Lugosi)! Sven also gave her the official title as the “queen of pop-ups!”
Congratulations, Nanette on behalf of all fellow Svengoolie SvenPals everywhere! All of us fellow SvenPals are proud of you (from Berwyn and beyond)! “Two thumbs up!” Keep up the good work (kudos/cheers/peace/”Hi-Keeba”)! -C.H.
A cameo mention of a Twitter horror film challenge by a fellow super SvenPal!
Fellow super SvenPal Cine-Byte has recently launched his own 30-day horror film category challenge, titled “#GrahamsHouseOfHorror”); which was unveiled earlier today on his Birthday! Fellow coast-to-coast SvenPals can join in on the fun with Cine-Byte’s “#GrahamsHouseOfHorror” horror film category challenge!
Happy Birthday from all of us fellow Svengoolie SvenPals, Cine-Byte! “Hi-Keeba!” –C.H.
In relation to “Werewolf of London” (1935):
“Werewolf of London” (1935) is also available on Blu-Ray and DVD as part of Universal’s “The Wolf Man: Complete Legacy Collection” 1935-48 monster film anthology set. The film is also available in Universal’s double-feature DVD set, paired with “She-Wolf of London” (1946). “Werewolf of London” is also available to stream on participating streaming providers/services.