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The working title of this film was Destiny. Although Hollywood Reporter news items and production charts include Dick Foran in the cast, he did not appear in the released film. According to Variety, this was the first film in which actor Lon Chaney dropped the "Jr." from his name. Universal press materials claim that makeup artist Jack Pierce spent five years researching werewolves and worked for five months to find the correct combination of rubber, color and hair to create the character of "The Wolf Man." Modern sources add the following names to the crew credits: Music H. J. Salter and Frank Skinner; and Special Effects John P. Fulton. Modern sources add to the cast: Eddie Polo (Churchgoer) and Gibson Gowland (Villager). Modern sources also state that this was Universal's highest grossing film of 1941. The success of The Wolf Man led to the creation of a new Universal horror series. Chaney played the role of Larry Talbot in four more films, ending with the 1948 horror comedy Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein (see entry above.)
Other werewolf films include the 1913 Bison short film The Werewolf; the 1935 Universal production Werewolf of London, starring Henry Hull and Warner Oland and directed by Stuart Walker (see AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1931-40; F3.4993); Twentieth Century-Fox's 1942 production The Undying Monster, directed by John Brahm and starring James Ellison and Heather Angel (see entry above); the 1944 Columbia feature Cry of the Werewolf, directed by Henry Levin and starring Nina Foch and Stephen Crane (see entry above); the 1956 Columbia film The Werewolf, directed by Fred F. Sears and starring Steven Ritch and Don Megowan; American International Pictures' 1957 film I Was a Teenage Werewolf, directed by Gene Fowler and starring Michael Landon and Yvonne Lime; the 1960 Hammer production The Curse of the Werewolf, directed by Terence Fisher and starring Oliver Reed and Clifford Evans; the 1961 Austrian-Italian co-production Werewolf in a Girl's Dormitory, directed by Richard Benson (Paolo Heusch) and starring Carl Schell and Barbara Lass; two 1973 films: The Boy Who Cried Werewolf, directed by Nathan Juran and starring Kerwin Mathews and Elaine Devry and The Werewolf of Washington, directed by Milton Moses Ginsberg and starring Dean Stockwell and Biff McGuire; the British 1975 production Legend of the Werewolf, directed by Freddie Francis and starring Peter Cushing and Ron Moody; Universal's 1981 An American Werewolf in London, directed by John Landis and starring David Naughton, Jenny Agutter and Griffin Dunne and it's 1997 sequel An American Werewolf in Paris, directed by Anthony Waller and starring Tom Everett Scott and Julie Delpy; Avco Embassy's 1981 The Howling, directed by Joe Dante and starring Dee Wallace and Patrick Macnee (which was followed by five sequels); and Atlantic's 1985 Teen Wolf, directed by Rod Daniel and starring Michael J. Fox and it's 1987 sequal Teen Wolf Too, directed by Christopher Leitch and starring Jason Bateman.