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These are the production notes from Universal
Studio's DVD of The WereWolf of London/
The She-Wolf of London:

Tales of men transforming into wolves date back beyond the Middle Ages.  Werewolves have also been part of movie history nearly from the medium's inception.  The Werewolf, a 1913 silent, still remains the best guess for the first-ever movie of this type, with its tale of a witch raising a daughter who becomes a werewolf.
 
The Werewolf was made by Universal, the studio which in 1932 announced The Wolf Man as a starring vehicle for Boris Karloff.  The film was not made.
 
Two years later, Universal revealed that Henry Hull and Bela Lugosi would star in their upcoming WereWolf of London, to be directed by Kurt Neumann.
 
Both Lugosi and Neumann fell by the wayside; Stuart Walker, born two years and 100 miles from fellow Kentuckian [Henry] Hull, stepped in as director.  The first classic werewolf movie began production on January 28, 1935, just two days after the date typed on screenwriter John Colton's final draft.
 
One undredited contributor to the WereWolf script was Aben Kandel, who two decades later co-wrote one of the 1950s most popular horror hits, I Was a Teenage Werewolf.
 
Most of the film was shot at Universal.  The "Tibetan" exteriors were shot at Vasquez Rocks, an otherworldy-looking locale not far from Los Angeles.
 
During production, the film's title was changed to The Evil Hour, but it reverted to WereWolf of London before release.

Henry Hull as
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The Werewolf of London (1935)

 . . . .
Leading lady Valerie Hobson recalled director Walker as "a rather weakish but awfully nice director."  On Henry Hull:  "A very good and powerful actor, but he didn't photograph very well!"
 
In 1964, Hull talked about WereWolf with a local (Conneticut) reporter.  Hull thought he looked rather young and handsome--"before I turned into a werewolf, that is."  Asked if the film scared his grandchildren, he chuckled, "I understand they just laughed.  Probably thought it was one of the funniest comedies they had ever seen!"

  

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