The 1941 Universal classic werewolf monster-thriller masterpiece was directed by veteran director George Waggner. In addition to his numerous feature film and television productions throughout his directorial career, Waggner also worked on episodes of the Twentieth Century Fox (Twentieth Century Studios)/ABC live-action “Batman” TV series adaptation with Adam West and Burt Ward from 1966-67. The screenplay for Waggner’s Universal production of “The Wolf Man” (1941) was written by veteran science-fiction author and screenwriter Curt Siodmak, who also worked on screenplays for numerous Universal monster/thriller/sci-fi productions, including “The Invisible Man Returns” (1940), “The Invisible Woman” (1940), “Invisible Agent” (1942), “Frankenstein Meets the Wolf Man” (1943), “Son of Dracula” (1943), “House of Frankenstein” (1944) and “Curucu, Beast of the Amazon” (1956).
This will mark Sven’s eighth big broadcast of “The Wolf Man” (1941) on the airlanes of Me-TV. He previously showcased Waggner’s classic 1941 Universal werewolf monster masterpiece back in Feb. 2013, July 2013, Oct. 2014, Feb. 2016, Sept. 2017 and Aug. 2018 and Dec. 2019.
Who was in George Waggner’s “The Wolf Man” (1941)?
The players who appeared in George Waggner’s 1941 production of “The Wolf Man” were Lon Chaney Jr. (credited as “Lon Chaney” in the dual role of Lawrence “Larry” Talbot/the “Wolf Man”), Evelyn Ankers (as Gwen Conliffe), Claude Rains (as Sir John Talbot), Bela Lugosi (as Bela), Maria Ouspenskaya (as Maleva), Ralph Bellamy (as Col. Montford), Fay Helm (as Jenny), Warren William (as Dr. Lloyd), Patric Knowles (as Frank Andrews), Forrester Harvey (as Twiddle) and J.M. Kerrigan (as Charles Conliffe).
That same year, Lon Chaney Jr. also appeared in the role of Dan McCormick in George Waggner’s Universal monster-thriller classic masterpiece production, “Man-Made Monster” (1941). According to the American Film Institute, “The Wolf Man” would mark Lon Chaney Jr.’s first credited feature film under the name of “Lon Chaney,” without being mentioned as “junior” Also in that same year, Evelyn Ankers appeared in the role of Norma Lind in Arthur Lubin’s classic Universal spook comedy masterpiece with Bud Abbott and Lou Costello, “Hold That Ghost” (1941).
Claude Rains previously appeared in James Whale’s classic Universal monster/thriller/sci-fi masterpiece adaptation of H.G. Wells’ “The Invisible Man” (1933). Rains also played the role of Capt. Louis Renault in the critically-acclaimed Michael Curtiz–Warner Bros. wartime drama masterpiece, “Casablanca” (1942); with Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman and Paul Henreid. Ten years earlier ,Bela Lugosi rose to fame for his title role of Count Dracula Tod Browning’s mammoth classic Universal monster masterpiece adaptation of “Dracula” (1931); the legendary Lugosi was originally in the running for the part of the title role in in Waggner’s 1941 Universal production of “The Wolf Man;” according to Jeff Stafford’s Turner Classic Movies article on the 1941 feature.
Ralph Bellamy previously played the role of Bruce Baldwin in Howard Hawks’ classic Columbia Pictures comedy masterpiece with Cary Grant and Rosalind Russell; “His Girl Friday” (1940, adapted from Ben Hecht and Charles MacArthur’s play, “The Front Page”).
Lon Chaney Jr. and the “werewolf encounter” scene in “The Wolf Man” (1941)
According to details from the Rondo Award-winning supplemental booklet for Universal’s “Universal Monsters: the Essential Collection” Blu-Ray set; “The Original House of Horror: Universal and a horror legacy,” it was noted that during the werewolf encounter/fight scene with the junior Chaney’s characterization of Larry Talbot in “The Wolf Man,” the “wolf” was Lon Chaney Jr.’s real-life pet German Shepherd dog. According to the 2010 Universal supplemental retrospective documentary, “Pure in Heart: The Life and Legacy of Lon Chaney Jr.,” the junior Chaney’s pet dog was named “Moose.”
Additional insight into Jack Pierce’s Universal “Wolf Man” monster make-up design
Veteran Universal make-up artist Jack Pierce’s inspiration for the junior Chaney’s “Wolf Man” make-up design came from Pierce’s earlier rejected “werewolf” monster make-up design that was originally planned for Stuart Walker’s Universal werewolf monster classic masterpiece with Henry Hull, “Werewolf of London” (1935); according to IMDB).
Pierce applied multiple layers of yak hair were blended with a curling iron for the junior Chaney’s transformation from Lawrence “Larry” Talbot to the “Wolf Man” monster; along with a foam rubber/latex combination-based nose that was designed by make-up assistant/propmaker Ellis Burman, according to details from the 2008 Universal retrospective supplemental documentary, “He Who Made Monsters: The Life and Art of Jack Pierce.”
“The Wolf Man:” Released as a double-feature presentation by Universal with another horror-thriller production in several markets
Universal decided to release “The Wolf Man” (1941) with another horror-thriller production in several theatrical markets with “The Mad Doctor of Market Street” (produced in 1941, released in 1942), with Una Merkel, Lionel Atwill and Nat Pendleton), according to the March 1942 issue of Motion Picture Herald. For the aforementioned Universal double-feature release, a spook “ghost” lobby display was created for the double-feature screening at the now-defunct Schine Paramount Theater in Syracuse, New York.
For the double-feature screening “The Wolf Man” and “The Mad Doctor of Market Street” at the now-defunct Etna Theater in Etna, Pennsylvania; an uncredited actor wore a “Wolf Man” head mask throughout the streets of Etna with an advertising banner promoting the Universal double-feature presentation; according to the June 1942 issue of Motion Picture Herald. The Etna “Wolf Man”/”Mad Doctor of Market Street” double-feature promotional tie-in was presented in conjunction with Wolf’s Head motor oil products, with a contest giveaway prize of a drum of Wolf’s Head motor oil for an Etna cinema audience member.
Be sure to watch/record Svengoolie’s big broadcast of “The Wolf Man” (1941), this Sat. on Me-TV! “A-wooo!”
With Lon Chaney Jr., Evelyn Ankers, Claude Rains, Bela Lugosi, Maria Ouspenskaya, Ralph Bellamy, Fay Helm, Warren William, Patric Knowles, Forrester Harvey and J.M. Kerrigan; you will not want to miss out on Svengoolie’s big broadcast of George Waggner’s mammoth classic Universal monster masterpiece, “The Wolf Man” (1941); this Sat. on Me-TV! Escape from stress and anxiety with Sven’s big broadcast of one of the definitive classic Universal monster masterpieces! A perfect treat for all fellow super SvenPals and fellow classic Universal monster feature aficionados everywhere with Sven’s extensive fun facts, Doug Graves’ parody song and Kerwyn’s safety “mail call” from his Berwyn “home office!” You will not be disappointed! Highly recommended! Clap for Sven, Kerwyn, Doug, Tombstone, the “Wolf Man” and the entire crowd of fellow super SvenPals everywhere this Sat.! “A-wooo!”
In the Frederick, Maryland/Washington, D.C. area: WTTG-5.3/Cable 196/FiOS 489/Antietam Broadband 194 (also on QAM digital 68.6 for Antietam subscribers)
In the Baltimore, Maryland area: WBAL-TV 11.2/Cable 208/FiOS 460
In the Hanover/Gettysburg/York, Pennsylvania area: WGAL-TV 8.2/Cable 248/FiOS 460
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Flashback “Silver Screen Reflections” articles on Svengoolie’s Sept. 2017 Me-TV big broadcast of “The Wolf Man” (1941), Sven’s Aug. 2018 big Me-TV broadcast of “The Wolf Man” (1941) and Sven’s Me-TV Dec. 2019 big broadcast of “The Wolf Man” (1941)!
Extra! Extra! Extra! Limited quantities available for purchase! The official Svengoolie/Me-TV Sven “at-home” box/activity gift box set is still available for purchase through the official Sven/Me-TV online store site! The Sven box comes with a Sven three-dimensional cube puzzle, a Sven mini “magic doodle” sketch keychain to draw Sven and/or Kerwyn, a set of Sven playing cards, the Sven “fun putty” egg (“crack me up!”), a Sven plastic spring toy known as the “Svenkie,” the 100-piece Sven “It Came From Berwyn!” puzzle (in the style of Sven’s poster and Sven’s official classic “It Came From Berwyn!” WCIU/”The U” and Me-TV tees), the Sven “squishy bat” stress reliever (not connected to “Ed the bat”), Sven microwave popcorn and a 16-page Sven word jumble puzzle/crossword puzzle/”Svendoku” sudoku/joke/maze/trivia book! A perfect gift! Many fellow super SvenPals from coast-to-coast have ordered their Sven boxes from the official Sven/Me-TV online store site and have confirmed that the limited Sven boxes are on the way! Again, quantities are limited; if you haven’t ordered yours yet, now is the time to purchase yours before supplies run out! And to quote the official rule of the Sven/Me-TV online store, “no personal checks!” And only purchase authentic/official Sven & Me-TV items from the official Sven/Me-TV online store! –C.H.
From Sven’s Berwyn dungeon set to your home dungeon set! Download Svengoolie’s famous Me-TV dungeon “studio set” background (featuring Body Sorrell) for your favorite videoconferencing platform (Skype, Zoom, etc.), as part of Me-TV’s variety of classic TV show backgrounds for online videoconferencing!
Extra! Extra! Extra! Cameo mentions of fellow super Svengoolie SvenPals!
Extra! Extra! Extra! Fellow super Svengoolie SvenPals everywhere jumped for joy when they noticed a brand-new film creation from one of our fellow super SvenPals! Fellow super Svengoolie SvenPal Chris Cartagena recently debuted his new opening sequence creation,”Bearded Axe Mind of Horrors” for his future series of short horror feature creations! Watch and see for yourself with his own narration, photos, various visual elements/effects, surprises and more! And to our fellow super SvenPals who have not watched Chris’ past series of short horror film masterpieces before, his past short horror film creations are available to watch on his official YouTube channel! We fellow super SvenPals and fellow classic/cult horror-monster-thriller film aficionados highly recommend all of Chris’ short horror film creations!
Three cheers & two thumbs up to Chris from the entire crowd of fellow super Svengoolie SvenPals & fellow cult/classic horror/thriller film aficionados everywhere! We’re all jumping for joy and we’re all proud of you! We’re looking forward to more of your short horror film creations! Congratulations, keep up the wonderful & excellent work, stay safe, keep healthy, stay well, peace, kudos & “Hi-Keeba” from all of us fellow super SvenPals & fellow classic/cult horror film aficinados everywhere, Chris! -C.H.
Extra! Extra! Extra! To our fellow super SvenPals who have not watched yet, we fellow super SvenPals highly recommend watching the Online Kovid players’ YouTube adaptation of Ed Wood’s “Plan 9 From Outer Space” featuring fellow super Svengoolie SvenPal Jamie Lee! Jamie played the part of pioneering TV horror film host Maila “Vampira” Nurmi, Jamie also served as the production assistant for the Online Kovid “Plan 9” adaptation; Dean Griffiths as Bela, Darius Russelle as Jeff, John Haderlein as Danny, John also served as the director for the Online Kovid “Plan 9” adaptation; Monica Stark as Mackie/Mary/Mienna, Madison Mantas as Eros, Meghan Lane as Tanna, Holly Sloan-Parrish as Edith, Don Haderlein as Insp. Clay, Ken Albrecht as Patrolman Larry, Ralph Churchill as Lt. Harper, Annika Churchill as Shirley, Jaime Churchill as Rondo the Ruler, Randy Margison- as Criswell, Patrick Blake as Kelton, Matthew Craig as Lou/Cpl. Gregory/Jamie, Fran Jansta as Col. Edwards Leo Kalisz as Henry/Gen. Roberts/Farmer Caulder! A fantastic and wonderful treat for all fellow super SvenPals and fellow horror/sci-fi feature film aficionados everywhere! Three cheers & two thumbs up to Jamie and the entire Online Kovid players troupe from the entire crowd of fellow super Svengoolie SvenPals, fellow jammers & fellow cult/classic horror/sci-fi film aficionados everywhere! We’re all jumping for joy and we’re proud of you all! Congratulations again, keep up the wonderful & excellent work, stay safe, keep healthy, stay well, peace, kudos & “Hi-Keeba” from all of us fellow super SvenPals, fellow “Jammin’ with Jamie” jammers & fellow classic/cult horror film aficionados everywhere, Jamie & the Online Kovid players troupe! -C.H.
Extra! Extra! Extra! Fellow super Svengoolie SvenPal Jamie Lee’s archival/pre-recorded editions of “Jammin’ with Jamie” are playing in rotation on the airlanes of Northwestern University Radio/WNUR-FM 89.3/FM 89.3-HD1 in the greater Berwyn/Chicago listening area, WNUR.org and the TuneIn platform from coast-to-coast, around the world and throughout the universe! Again, stay tuned to Jamie’s official Twitter site and/or Jamie’s official website for updates and additional information in connection to “Jammin’ with Jamie!” Again, fellow super Svengoolie SvenPals/fellow super jammers can also listen to archival/pre-recorded editions of Jamie’s past “Jammin’ with Jamie” programs (2016-present), additional details/information can be found via Jamie’s official Twitter site and/or official website! And again, be sure to help out one of Jamie’s friends by donating/spreading the word to help offset costly medical costs! –C.H.
In connection to “The Wolf Man” (1941):
“The Wolf Man” (1941) is also available from Universal Studios on Blu-Ray, DVD , in the studio’s multi-disc classic “Wolf Man” monster feature film anthology, “The Wolf Man: The Complete Legacy Collection Blu-Ray and DVD sets” and Universal’s “Universal Classic Monsters: The Essential Collection“(“Universal Monsters: The Essential Collection“) Blu-Ray anthology film compilation set. “The Wolf Man” (1941) is also available to stream from Universal on participating streaming/video-on-demand service providers.
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