The 1935 Universal werewolf monster production was directed by veteran director Stuart Walker, who also directed the Universal musical comedy production of “Manhattan Moon” (1935), with Ricardo Cortez, Dorothy Page and Regis Toomey. In his film career, Walker worked in uncredited positions as a producer and associate producer for Paramount Pictures’ latter “Bulldog Drummond” mystery film entries from 1937–39. The Universal production of “Werewolf of London” (1935) was produced by Robert Harris, who also served in an uncredited position as the writer of the story idea of the classic werewolf monster masterpiece feature.
Harris’ story idea was adapated for the screen by veteran playwright and screenwriter John Colton; Colton also wrote the screenplay adaptation of Lambert Hillyer’s classic Universal sci-fi/thriller masterpiece featuring Boris Karloff and Bela Lugosi, “The Invisible Ray” (1936). Stanley Bergerman served as executive producer of “Werewolf of London” (1935).
This will mark Sven’s seventh big broadcast of “Werewolf of London” (1935) on Me-TV. He previously showcased Walker’s classic Universal werewolf monster masterpiece back in This will mark Sven’s sixth showcase of “Werewolf of London” (1935) on Me-TV. He previously showcased the film in Oct. 2012*, Feb. 2013, Sept. 2014, Jan. 2016, March 2017 and June 2018.
Who was in Stuart Walker’s Universal classic monster masterpiece production of “Werewolf of London” (1935)?
The players who appeared in Walker’s Universal classic werewolf monster masterpiece production of “Werewolf of London” (1935) were Henry Hull (as Dr. Wilfred Glendon), Valerie Hobson (as Lisa Glendon), Warner Oland (as Dr. Yogami), Spring Byington (as Ettie Coombes), J.M. Kerrigan (as Hawkins), Jeanne Bartlett (as Daisy), Lawrence Grant (as Sir Thomas Forsythe), Lester Matthews (as Paul Ames), Clark Williams (as Hugh Renwick), Charlotte Granville (as Lady Forsythe), Ethel Griffies (as Mrs. Whack), Zeffie Tilbury (as Mrs. Moncaster) and Reginald Barlow (in an uncredited role as Timothy, the Falden caretaker).
In addition to his appearance in “Werewolf of London” (1935) and his numerous screen and stage appearances throughout his career, Henry Hull later appeared in the role of “Doc” Banton in the John Huston–Raoul Walsh–Warner Bros. classic adventure/crime drama masterpiece with Humphrey Bogart and Ida Lupino, “High Sierra” (1941). In the same year that “Werewolf of London” was released, Valerie Hobson also appeared in the role of Elizabeth in James Whale’s mammoth classic Universal “Frankenstein” monster sequel masterpiece with Elsa Lanchester, Boris Karloff, Colin Clive, Una O’Connor and Ernest Thesiger; “Bride of Frankenstein” (1935).
In addition to his numerous roles throughout his screen career, Warner Oland was known for playing the title role of detective Charlie Chan in the Fox Film Corporation/Twentieth Century Fox (Twentieth Century Studios) screen adaptations of Earl Derr Biggers’ mystery novels, beginning with “Charlie Chan Carries On “ (1931) and concluding with “Charlie Chan at Monte Carlo” (1937, which marked Oland’s last feature; Oland died in 1938). In addition to her numerous stage and screen roles in her acting career, Spring Byington later appeared in the role of Penny Sycamore in Frank Capra’s classic Columbia Pictures feature comedy masterpiece adaptation of the Moss Hart–George S. Kaufman play with James Stewart, Jean Arthur and Lionel Barrymore; “You Can’t Take It with You” (1938).
Universal executives’ reluctance to use Robert Harris’ “Werewolf of London” title
According to a 1935 publicity article in Universal’s exhibition publication, Universal Weekly; studio executives were reluctant to use Robert Harris’ original title idea of “Werewolf of London” from his original story. According to the American Film Institute’s database, studio executives considered releasing the 1935 production under the title of “Werewolf.” Universal executives then agreed to use Harris’ original title of “Werewolf of London” after filming was completed on Stuart Walker’s production. It was noted that the 1935 production was the one of the first to showcase the “human by day, werewolf by night” lycanthropy monster/creature characterization on the silver screen.
Henry Hull’s werewolf “howl” sound effect recording in “Werewolf of London”
According to IMDB, the sound effect recording of Henry Hull’s “howl” for his “werewolf” monster characterization in “Werewolf of London” was mixed in with an actual source sound effect recording of a timber-wolf. The sound mixing was done by Universal Studios sound mixer Bob Richards, his “werewolf” howl sound effect creation was considered by many to be quite realistic to an actual werewolf howl.
Promotional tie-ins for the original 1935 Universal theatrical release of “Werewolf of London”
Universal’s publicity department encouraged theaters from coast-to-coast who screened Walker’s production of “Werewolf of London” (1935), according to details from the April 20, 1935 edition of the Universal Weekly exhibitors’ journal. Studio publicity heads encouraged theaters to put on an elaborate “Werewolf of London” theatrical marquee/entrance display setup. Universal also encouraged participating cinema venues to team up with local newspapers to advertise “Werewolf of London” with a “Werewolf of London” sketch drawing contest competition. The winning “werewolf” monster drawing participants were awarded with free tickets to the screening of “Werewolf of London” at their home cinema venue.
Jack Pierce’s original Universal “Werewolf of London” monster make-up concept design was used in the studio’s latter mammoth werewolf monster classic masterpiece
Veteran Universal Studios make-up artist Jack Pierce’s original “werewolf” make-up concept creation was rejected by the studio due to censorship concerns, according to additiona details from IMDB. Pierce’s original “Werewolf of London” make-up concept was later used in George Waggner’s mammoth classic Universal werewolf masterpiece, “The Wolf Man” (1941) with Lon Chaney Jr., Evelyn Ankers, Claude Rains, Bela Lugosi and Ralph Bellamy. The Pierce “Werewolf of London” monster make-up prototype was also used for the junior Chaney’s latter Universal Larry Talbot/”Wolf Man” classic monster masterpiece appearances, 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 make-up was done by Bud Westmore; who took over Pierce’s position after Universal Studios’ 1946 merger with International Pictures).
Be sure to watch/record Svengoolie’s big broadcast of “Werewolf of London” (1935), this Sat. on Me-TV!
With Henry Hull, Valerie Hobson, Warner Oland, Spring Byington, J.M. Kerrigan, Jeanne Bartlett, Lawrence Grant, Lester Matthews, Clark Williams, Charlotte Granville, Ethel Griffies, Zeffie Tilbury and Reginald Barlow plus Jack Pierce’s “werewolf” make-up effects for Hull, you will not want to miss out on Svengoolie’s big broadcast of “Werewolf of London” (1935); this Sat. on Me-TV! Escape from stress with Sven’s Sat. big broadcast of Stuart Walker’s 1935 classic Universal werewolf monster masterpiece! A perfect treat for all fellow super SvenPals and fellow classic Universal monster feature film aficionados everywhere! Howling good fun for the entire crowd of fellow super SvenPals everywhere! See the 1935 Uproduction that inspired George Waggner’s “The Wolf Man” (1941), Warren Zevon’s 1978 smash song; “Werewolves of London” and John Landis’ latter Universal werewolf monster feature, “An American Werewolf in London” (1981); plus Sven’s extensive fun facts, Doug Graves’ parody tune and Kerwyn’s “home office” mail call and much, much more! You will not be disappointed! Highly recommended to all fellow super SvenPals everywhere! “A-wooo!”
*Before Me-TV came into the Washington/Frederick area (Me-TV came into the Washington/Frederick broadcast region in early 2013; originally on WJLA-TV and then moved to WTTG-5 in March 2017). -C.H.
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
Join in on the fun via Twitter by live-tweeting and having fun with the entire crowd of fellow super SvenPals everywhere during #Svengoolie’s big broadcast of “Werewolf of London” (1935), this Sat. on the airlanes of Me-TV!
To all fellow super Svengoolie SvenPals/fellow readers/fellow subscribers of “Silver Screen Reflections” everywhere: Please be good, kind, courteous, safe and respectful to each other. Put love in your heart. Let’s all look to uplifting/positive wisdom, encouragement from Svengoolie, all fellow super Svengoolie SvenPals everywhere, all fellow super Mystery Science Theater 3000 MSTies everywhere and all fellow classic film/television aficionados everywhere. Again, to all fellow super Svengoolie SvenPals everywhere; safety first, follow all precautions seriously, wear a protective face mask/appropriate protective face covering, avoid touching your face, practice social distancing/physical distancing measures, use a sleeve/tissue when coughing/sneezing, wash your hands for approximately 20 sec., stay home, keep healthy and stay well. Again, let’s all take preventative measures/steps by being safe, keeping healthy and staying well- and again, we fellow super SvenPals everywhere highly recommend watching Kerwyn’s informative coronavirus/COVID-19 prevention safety public service announcement! Escape from anxiety, stress and chaos by having fun and relaxing with Sven and his Sat. evening big broadcasts of classic monster/creature, horror and sci-fi feature film masterpieces on the airlanes of Me-TV! Join in on the fun with all fellow super SvenPals everywhere by live-tweeting through the airlanes of Twitter during Sven’s Sat. evening big broadcasts! Again, safety first, keep healthy and stay well, Sven/Mr. Rich Koz, the entire Sven/Me-TV production team & the entire crowd of fellow super Svengoolie SvenPals everywhere! And again, to quote Svengoolie’s executive producer, Jim Roche: “#KeepCalmAndWatchSven!” –C.H.
Flashback “Silver Screen Reflections” articles on Svengoolie’s March 2017 big Me-TV broadcast of “Werewolf of London” (1935, published in Feb. 2017; back when Me-TV was on WJLA-7 in the Washington, D.C./Frederick, Maryland region; also includes additional information on Warren Zevon’s inspiration for his 1978 hit song, “Werewolves of London”) and Svengoolie’s big June 2018 Me-TV broadcast of Stuart Walker’s classic 1935 Universal werewolf monster masterpiece (published in late May 2018)!
Extra! Extra! Extra! Limited availability! The official Svengoolie/Me-TV Sven “at-home” box activity gift set is still available for purchase on the official Sven/Me-TV online store website! The Sven activity box comes with a Sven three-dimensional cube puzzle, a Sven mini “magic doodle” sketch keychain to draw Sven and/or Kerwyn, a deck of Sven playing cards, the Sven “fun putty” egg (“crack me up!”), a Sven plastic spring toy a.k.a. 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 “It Came From Berwyn!” tees), the Sven “squishy bat” stress reliever (not connected to Sven’s WCIU former mail call sidekick, “Ed the bat”), Sven microwave popcorn and a 16-page Sven word jumble puzzle/crossword puzzle/”Svendoku” sudoku/joke/maze/trivia book! A fantastic 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 have arrived! And again, supplies are limited; if you haven’t ordered yours yet, now is the time to purchase yours before all supplies run out! And again, 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 studio set to your home dungeon studio set! Download Svengoolie’s Me-TV famous Berwyn dungeon “studio set” background (featuring Body Sorrell) for your favorite videoconferencing platform (Skype, Zoom, etc.), as part of Me-TV’s assortment of classic TV show backgrounds for online videoconferencing!
Extra! Extra! Extra! Cameo mentions of fellow super Svengoolie SvenPals!
(Early) third anniversary flashback: Svengoolie (portrayed by Rich Koz) and Kerwyn’s “mail call” from Svengoolie’s July 29, 2017 big broadcast of the classic Universal “Inner Sanctum” mystery masterpiece, “Calling Dr. Death” (1943); segment recorded by fellow super Svengoolie SvenPal Fritz Freakenstein!
Extra! Extra! Extra! Upcoming third anniversary of my cameo Svengoolie/Hood College graduation photo/Sven-Kerwyn ”mail call” appearance! Nearly three years ago: On the evening of Sat., July 29, 2017; fellow super Svengoolie SvenPals everywhere jumped for joy during my “official chicken thrower” Sven T-shirt cameo appearance on Sven and Kerwyn’s “mail call” segment for the Universal/Lon Chaney Jr. “Inner Sanctum” mystery, “Calling Dr. Death” (1943) on Me-TV! A toast to all my fellow super SvenPals everywhere! Again, a big thank you to all my fellow super Svengoolie SvenPals from coast-to-coast for all the wonderful greetings! And again, a big thank you to Sven and Kerwyn for showing my Hood College/”official chicken thrower” Sven T-shirt grad. photo appearance back on July 29, 2017! Three cheers, two thumbs up, keep up the wonderful & excellent work, stay safe, stay well, keep healthy, peace, kudos & “Hi-Keeba” to Sven, Kerwyn and all my fellow super Svengoolie SvenPals everywhere! Here’s to many more fun, wonderful and fantastic Sven Sat. evening classic monster/creature/horror/thriller/sci-fi feature film big broadcast showcases with my fellow super SvenPals everywhere! -C.H.
Extra! Extra! Extra! Correction: My tweets during Sven’s big broadcast of the “on the road” segment accidentally mentioned “2019 C2E2” event instead of “2017 C2E2” event*. –C.H. (At the 00:12, 00:30 and 0:34 marks): During Svengoolie’s big July 25 Me-TV broadcast of Virgil Vogel’s classic Universal creature-adventure masterpiece, “The Land Unknown” (1957); fellow super Svengoolie SvenPals everywhere jumped for joy as we recognized one of our fellow super SvenPals during Sven’s “on the road” highlights of his past 2017* Chicago Comic & Entertainment Exposition/C2E2 appearance, shortly before Sven’s interview with professional wrestling legend Jerry “The King” Lawler at the 2017* C2E2 festival!Fellow super Svengoolie SvenPal David Fuentes of “Terror From Beyond the Dave” fame took photographs of Sven’s 2017* C2E2 appearance during the meet-and-greet photo/autograph session! And after taking a closer look at the segment, you can see a brief glimpse of David behind the “C2E2” curtain after Sven’s entrance!
Congratulations to David on his cameo Sven 2017* C2E2 appearances in Sven’s classic “on the road” segment for “The Land Unknown” from the entire crowd of fellow super Svengoolie SvenPals everywhere! We’re all jumping for joy and we’re all proud of you! Three cheers, two thumbs up, keep up the wonderful & excellent work, stay safe, stay well, keep healthy, peace, kudos & “Hi-Keeba” to David & the entire “Terror From Beyond the Dave” crowd from all of us fellow super SvenPals everywhere! -C.H.
*Source: From David’s May 2017 “Terror From Beyond the Dave” article on Svengoolie’s 2017 C2E2 appearance with photos from the event, including the “Kerwyn” Lego creation that was seen in the “on the road” highlight segment! –C.H.
Extra! Extra! Extra! Fellow super Svengoolie SvenPals everywhere on the online Twitter airlanes jumped for joy when they recognized two new Sven art/photo collage creations of designs from two of our fellow super Svengoolie SvenPals! Fellow super Svengoolie SvenPal Nanette Keir recently created Photoshop-based perspective Sven photo art collages by utilizing a building photograph for the two Sven-style Photoshop collage creations, Nanette’s first variant featured fellow super Svengoolie SvenPal Sarah Rhodes’ Sven rubber chicken doodle sketch drawing covering part of the building photo! Sarah designed her Sven rubber chicken doodle sketch last month before one of her KBEC/Waxahachie, Texas radio shows! Sarah’s Sven rubber chicken doodle sketch inspired Nanette to create several of her Sven Photoshop collage/motion art creations last month by utilizing Sarah’s Sven rubber chicken doodle art! Nanette’s second variant featured a photo of Sven/Rich Koz covering part of the same building photo! Estimated guess: Might be a representation of the “exterior” of Kerwyn’s “Berwyn home office” for the recent safety mail call segments and/or Sven’s recent secret “Sven-Cave” studio for introductory/host and “mail call” appearances!
Congratulations to Nanette and Sarah on their recent Sven Photoshop perspective “building” art/photo collaborations featuring Sarah’s rubber chicken doodle sketch art and Sven/Rich Koz’s photo from the entire crowd of fellow super Svengoolie SvenPals everywhere! We’re all jumping for joy and we’re all proud of you! Three cheers, two thumbs up, keep up the wonderful & excellent work, stay safe, stay well, keep healthy, peace, kudos & “Hi-Keeba” to Nanette & Sarah from all of us fellow super SvenPals everywhere! -C.H.
Extra! Extra! Extra! Again, to our fellow super SvenPals who have not watched the Online Kovid players’ big broadcast/reading adaptation of Ed Wood’s “Plan 9 From Outer Space” featuring fellow super Svengoolie SvenPal Jamie Lee in the role of pioneering TV horror film host Maila “Vampira” Nurmi on the airlanes of YouTube yet; again, we fellow super SvenPals everywhere highly recommend watching Jamie & the Online Kovid troupe’s adaptation of Ed Wood’s cult classic! And Jamie’s 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!
Congratulations to Jamie & the entire Online Kovid troupe on their big broadcast/online reading adaptation of “Plan 9 From Outer Space” from the entire crowd of fellow super Svengoolie SvenPals & fellow super “Jammin’ with Jamie” jammers everywhere! We’re all jumping for joy and we’re proud of you all! Three cheers, two thumbs up, keep up the wonderful & excellent work, stay safe, stay well, keep healthy, peace, kudos & “Hi-Keeba” to Jamie & the Online Kovid players troupe from all of us fellow super SvenPals & fellow super jammers everywhere! -C.H.
On a serious note: Fellow super Svengoolie SvenPals: There has been a recent medical/health-related update in connection to one of the friends of fellow super SvenPal Jamie Lee. Additional information can be found through the official GoFundMe website of Jamie’s friend. Again, spread the word and give generously to help offset the expensive medical/medical treatment costs. Any amount helps. -C.H.
In connection to “Werewolf of London” (1935):
“Werewolf of London” (1935) is available on Blu-Ray and DVD disc as part of Universal’s classic “Wolf Man” & werewolf monster masterpiece film anthology series, “The Wolf Man: The Complete Legacy Collection.” Stuart Walker’s 1935 Universal werewolf monster classic masterpiece is also available through participating streaming/video-on-demand service providers from Universal.
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