The 1941 Universal classic monster masterpiece was directed by veteran film director George Waggner. In addition to his work on “The Wolf Man” and numerous film and TV productions throughout his career, Waggner also directed several episodes of the Twentieth Century Fox/ABC live-action “Batman” TV series with Adam West and Burt Ward from 1966-67. The screenplay for Waggner’s production of “The Wolf Man” (1941) was written by veteran screenwriter and science-fiction author Curt Siodmak. Siodmak’s other Universal screenplays include “The Invisible Man Returns” (1940), “The Invisible Woman” (1940) and “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 seventh big broadcast of “The Wolf Man” (1941) on Me-TV. He previously showcased Waggner’s 1941 Universal classic monster masterpiece back in Feb. 2013, July 2013, Oct. 2014, Feb. 2016, Sept. 2017 and Aug. 2018.
Who was in George Waggner’s “The Wolf Man” (1941)?
The players who appeared in George Waggner’s 1941 Universal classic monster masterpiece were Lon Chaney Jr. (credited as “Lon Chaney” in the dual title role of Lawrence “Larry” Talbot/the “Wolf Man,” the junior Chaney also appeared in the role of Dan McCormick that same year in Waggner’s 1941 Universal monster-thriller, “Man-Made Monster”), Evelyn Ankers (as Gwen Conliffe, Ankers also appeared in the role of Norma Lind that same year in Arthur Lubin’s 1941 Universal spook comedy with Bud Abbott and Lou Costello, “Hold That Ghost”), Claude Rains (as Sir John Talbot, Rains previously appeared in the title role of the 1933 James Whale-Universal classic monster/thriller masterpiece adaptation of H.G. Wells’ “The Invisible Man,” Rains also played the role of Capt. Louis Renault in the critically-acclaimed 1942 Michael Curtiz–Warner Bros. wartime drama, “Casablanca” with Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman and Paul Henreid), Bela Lugosi (as Bela, ten years after his 1931 appearance of the title role of Count Dracula in the 1931 Tod Browning-Universal classic monster masterpiece production of “Dracula;” Lugosi was originally considered for the title role of Lawrence “Larry” Talbot/the “Wolf Man” in Waggner’s 1941 production; according to Jeff Stafford’s article on “The Wolf Man” for Turner Classic Movies’ website), Ralph Bellamy (as Col. Montford, Bellamy previously appeared in the role of Bruce Baldwin in Howard Hawks’ 1940 Columbia romantic comedy classic masterpiece with Cary Grant and Rosalind Russell; “His Girl Friday,” which was adapted from the Ben Hecht–Charles MacArthur stage play of “The Front Page”), Maria Ouspenskaya (as Maleva), Warren William (as Dr. Lloyd), Fay Helm (as Jenny), Patric Knowles (as Frank Andrews), Forrester Harvey (as Twiddle) and J.M. Kerrigan (as Charles Conliffe).