I Was a Teenage Werewolf (1957)

76 mins | Horror | 19 June 1957

Director:

Gene Fowler Jr.

Producer:

Herman Cohen

Cinematographer:

Joseph La Shelle

Editor:

George Gittens

Production Designer:

Leslie Thomas

Production Company:

Sunset Productions
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HISTORY

I Was a Teenage Werewolf marked film editor Gene Fowler, Jr.'s directorial debut. A contemporary source states that the film was made in a little over a week for approximately $100,000. During the same year in which I Was a Teenage Werewolf was made, the film's producer, Herman Cohen, also made I Was a Teenage Frankenstein (see above) and Blood of Dracula about a female high school student who turns into a vampire (see above). HR news items include Ron McNeil, Pat Merlin and Tim Graham in the cast, but their appearance in the released film has not been verified. A modern source states that screenwriter "Ralph Thornton" was a pseudonym for producer Cohen and Aben Kandel. I Was a Teenage Werewolf marked actor Michael Landon's first starring ... More Less

I Was a Teenage Werewolf marked film editor Gene Fowler, Jr.'s directorial debut. A contemporary source states that the film was made in a little over a week for approximately $100,000. During the same year in which I Was a Teenage Werewolf was made, the film's producer, Herman Cohen, also made I Was a Teenage Frankenstein (see above) and Blood of Dracula about a female high school student who turns into a vampire (see above). HR news items include Ron McNeil, Pat Merlin and Tim Graham in the cast, but their appearance in the released film has not been verified. A modern source states that screenwriter "Ralph Thornton" was a pseudonym for producer Cohen and Aben Kandel. I Was a Teenage Werewolf marked actor Michael Landon's first starring role. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Box Office
13 Jul 1957.
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Daily Variety
5 Jul 1957
p. 3.
Film Daily
9 Jul 1957
p. 10.
Hollywood Reporter
4 Mar 1957
p. 10.
Hollywood Reporter
14 Mar 1957
p. 4.
Hollywood Reporter
15 Mar 1957
p. 21.
Hollywood Reporter
21 Mar 1957
p. 3, 8.
Hollywood Reporter
1 Apr 1957
p. 15.
Hollywood Reporter
5 Jul 1957
p. 3.
Motion Picture Herald Product Digest
13 Jul 1957
p. 451.
New Republic
26 Aug 1957.
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Variety
10 Jul 1957
p. 6.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
WRITER
Orig story and scr
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
ART DIRECTOR
Art dir
FILM EDITOR
Ed supv
SET DECORATORS
Set dec
Prop master
COSTUMES
MUSIC
Mus comp and cond
Mus ed
MAKEUP
Makeup created by
Hairstylist
PRODUCTION MISC
Prod mgr
Scr supv
Prod secy
SOURCES
SONGS
"Eeny, Meeny, Miney, Mo," music and lyrics by Jerry Blaine.
COMPOSER
DETAILS
Release Date:
19 June 1957
Production Date:
began 14 March 1957 at Ziv Studios
Copyright Claimant:
Sunset Productions
Copyright Date:
26 May 1957
Copyright Number:
LP8622
Physical Properties:
Sound
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
76
Length(in feet):
6,830
Length(in reels):
8
Country:
United States
Language:
English
PCA No:
18573
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

After Detective Donovan is summoned to Rockdale High School to break up a fight between students Tony and Jimmy, he advises Tony, who admits to starting the fight and has previously been in trouble, to talk with Dr. Alfred Brandon, a psychologist at the local aircraft plant. Tony declines, but his girl friend Arlene and her parents, as well as his widowed father, continue to show concern about his violent behavior. Finally, after Tony attacks a friend at a Halloween party, he realizes that he needs help and goes to see Brandon. Brandon has his own agenda, however, and feels that Tony will be an excellent subject for his experiments with a serum he has developed that causes the regression of personalities to their primitive instincts. Although Brandon’s assistant, Dr. Hugo Wagner, protests that the serum might kill Tony, Brandon begins his treatment and within two sessions suggests to Tony that he was once a werewolf. That night, after Tony drives Arlene home from the teenagers’ club, Frank, one of their friends, is attacked and killed as he is returning home. While Donovan and police chief Baker review photographs of the victim and await an autopsy, Pepi, the police station’s janitor, persuades officer Chris Stanley to let him see the photographs. Pepi, a native of Europe’s Carpathian Mountains, where werewolves, human beings possessed by wolves are common, immediately recognizes the marks on Frank’s body. Chris refuses to believe that Frank could have been the victim of a werewolf, however. The next day, after another session with Brandon, during which Tony tells the doctor that he feels that there is something very wrong with him, Tony reports to Miss ... +


After Detective Donovan is summoned to Rockdale High School to break up a fight between students Tony and Jimmy, he advises Tony, who admits to starting the fight and has previously been in trouble, to talk with Dr. Alfred Brandon, a psychologist at the local aircraft plant. Tony declines, but his girl friend Arlene and her parents, as well as his widowed father, continue to show concern about his violent behavior. Finally, after Tony attacks a friend at a Halloween party, he realizes that he needs help and goes to see Brandon. Brandon has his own agenda, however, and feels that Tony will be an excellent subject for his experiments with a serum he has developed that causes the regression of personalities to their primitive instincts. Although Brandon’s assistant, Dr. Hugo Wagner, protests that the serum might kill Tony, Brandon begins his treatment and within two sessions suggests to Tony that he was once a werewolf. That night, after Tony drives Arlene home from the teenagers’ club, Frank, one of their friends, is attacked and killed as he is returning home. While Donovan and police chief Baker review photographs of the victim and await an autopsy, Pepi, the police station’s janitor, persuades officer Chris Stanley to let him see the photographs. Pepi, a native of Europe’s Carpathian Mountains, where werewolves, human beings possessed by wolves are common, immediately recognizes the marks on Frank’s body. Chris refuses to believe that Frank could have been the victim of a werewolf, however. The next day, after another session with Brandon, during which Tony tells the doctor that he feels that there is something very wrong with him, Tony reports to Miss Ferguson, the high school principal. After Miss Ferguson tells Tony that Brandon has reported a positive improvement in his behavior, she states that she intends to recommend him for entry into the state college. As Tony leaves the principal’s office, he passes the gymnasium where a lone female student, Theresa, is exercising. A bell triggers his transformation into a werewolf and he attacks and kills Theresa. Tony runs away and despite the changes in his facial appearance, several witnesses identify him by his clothing, causing Baker to issue an all-points bulletin for his arrest. Doyle, a local reporter, interviews Tony’s father as well as Arlene and her parents, in the hope of locating Tony and scooping the story. Baker and Donovan make plans to trap Tony in the woods where they suspect he is hiding and supply their officers with flaming torches, traditionally used against werewolves. Tony, still in the form of a werewolf, watches as the police look for him, but is surprised by a dog, which he kills. By morning, when Tony wakens in the bushes, he has reverted to his normal appearance and walks into the town. After attempting to phone Arlene, he heads to Brandon’s office and begs for his help. As Brandon is eager to witness and film Tony’s transformation in order to advance himself in the scientific community, he once again injects Tony with the serum. After the transformation, a ringing telephone triggers Tony’s instincts and he kills both Brandon and Wagner while the film camera breaks open, ruining the evidence. Alerted that Tony has been seen nearby, Donovan and Chris break in and are forced to shoot several times as Tony advances toward them. Upon dying, Tony regains his normal features, leaving Donovan to speculate on Brandon’s involvement and on the danger of man interfering in the ways of God. +

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AFI Life Achievement Award

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