The legendary Berwyn/Chicago-based monster feature film host will present his big broadcast of “Werewolf of London” (1935); this Sat., Aug. 1 at 8 p.m. Eastern/7 p.m. Central on Me-TV.
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.
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)?
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 appearing in “Werewolf of London” include Henry Hull as Dr. Wilfred Glendon, Warner Oland as Dr. Yogami (Oland was also known for his title role in Fox’s “Charlie Chan” detective film adaptations from 1931 until his death in 1938), Spring Byington as Ettie Coombes, Valerie Hobson as Lisa Glendon and Lester Matthews as Paul Ames.
Jack Pierce’s make-up design for the “werewolf”
According to IMDB’s trivia section on Walker’s film, actor Henry Hull was not enthusiastic about Universal make-up artist Jack Pierce’s design of the makeup design for his dual character. Universal executives also expressed concern that Pierce’s design of the werewolf would cause controversy with local film censorship boards. This resulted in Pierce to give Walker’s transformed “werewolf” look more of a human touch, so that Universal would not face any problems with local film censors throughout the United States.
Several years later, Pierce’s original werewolf design would be used in an iconic film series of Universal’s horror film franchise.
“Werewolf of London:” The inspiration for Universal’s “hairy” monster of the silver screen, “The Wolf Man”
The original Universal “Wolf Man” film series would inspire John Landis’ 1981 horror-comedy feature “An American Werewolf in London,” which featured David Naughton in the role of David Kessler. Veteran make-up artist Rick Baker would provide the “werewolf” make-up effects for Naughton’s character. Universal handled the North American releasing rights to Landis’ aforementioned film.
In 2010, Universal released Joe Johnston’s remake of the 1941 film, titled “The Wolfman.” Benicio del Toro played the part of Larry Talbot in the film.
Warren Zevon’s hit 1978 song, “Werewolves of London”
Why you should watch Svengoolie’s presentation of “Werewolf of London”
Kerwyn and Svengoolie (portrayed by Rich Koz).
Fellow fans of the vintage “Universal Monsters” series of horror films will be excited this Sat. evening for Svengoolie’s showcase of the 1935 film, “Werewolf of London.” You won’t want to miss this precursor to Universal’s iconic “Wolf Man” character!
***NOTE*** (to Frederick/Washington viewers of Me-TV): According to the front page of DCRTV.com , there has been word that WJLA-TV 7 (the default Me-TV subchannel affiliate in the Washington, D.C./Frederick, Maryland area on 7.2 and on cable channel 204) might be dumping Me-TV soon. “Silver Screen Reflections” will be on the lookout for further developments on this issue in the area.
In the Baltimore, Maryland area: WBAL-TV 11.2/Cable 208 (“Svengoolie” is time-delayed to 11 p.m. due to TV 11’s 10 p.m. newscast on their Me-TV subchannel)