Frankenstein Meets the Wolfman

1943

Roy William Neill
Director
Universal Pictures
Studio

Larry Talbot is resurrected by graverobbers who foolishly decide to conduct their business on the night of a full moon. Larry seeks out the aid of Maleva, the old gypsy woman who helped him before. She knows a doctor who can help him, a doctor by the name of Frankenstein . .

The first third of this film is fantastic, with a moody, noirish graverobbing scene, and probably the best wolfman transformation Universal pulled off. Then it gets steadily sillier until the all too brief monster fight. Still great fun, but not a great film. The fact that much of the script was fiddled with and scenes deleted definitely shows.

Note: Gil Perkins and Eddie Parker are listed here as 'stunt doubles,' but it is fair to say they did most of the acting as the Monster and Wolfman. Parker also played the Monster in certain scenes, as did apparently Bob Pepper. As to exactly which scenes they played in, it's difficult to say--the thread on this topic takes up nearly 500 pages on the monsterkidclassichorror forum alone. The other two hospital orderlies might be stuntmen Pepper and Wes Hopper, but can't be sure without photos of those guys.

-Dave W.



5th March 1943
Cinema

Not Rated

74 mins
1.37:1




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Ilona Massey
Baroness Elsa Frankenstein
Patric Knowles
Dr. Frank Mannering
Lionel Atwill
Mayor
Bela Lugosi
The Monster
Maria Ouspenskaya
Maleva
Lon Chaney Jr.
Lawrence Talbot / The Wolfman
(as Lon Chaney)
Dennis Hoey
Inspector Owen
Don Barclay
Franzec
Rex Evans
Vazec
Dwight Frye
Rudi the Tailor
Harry Stubbs
Guno
Cyril Delevanti
Freddy Jolly - Graverobber
Tom Stevenson
Graverobber
Charles Irwin
Cardiff Police Constable
Doris Lloyd
Dr. Mannering's Nurse
David Clyde
Llanwelly Police Sergeant
Jack Gordon
Hospital Orderly
Unknown 6765
Hospital Orderly
Unknown 6765
Hospital Orderly
Jeff Corey
Cemetery Caretaker
Torben Meyer
Shaving Gypsy
Anne G. Sterling
Gypsy Girl
Unknown 6765
Gypsy Girl
Martha Vickers
Margareta - Vazec's Daughter
Spec O'Donnell
Villager in Tavern
Unknown 6765
Villager in Tavern
(Roy William Neill's cameo?)
Beatrice Roberts
Varja - Barmaid
Adia Kuznetzoff
Festival Singer
Cosmo Sardo
Townsman Serving Wine at Festival
George Calliga
Townsman
Sonia Darrin
Villager at Festival
George Ford
Townsman
Lance Fuller
Vasarian Villager
Eddie Parker
Stunt Double: Lon Chaney Jr.
Gil Perkins
Stunt Double: Bela Lugosi
Bob Pepper
Stunts

Dave Wright: Screencaps & Notes