Starring Lon Chaney, Jr., Claude Rains and the inimitable Maria Ouspenskaya, this Universal film was a great favorite of mine when I was young.
Maybe another actor could have portrayed the Wolf Man. Or his father. But there is only one Maria Ouspenskaya, who played the role of the gypsy, Maleva, and the tiny actress RULED this film!
I liked the blessing Maleva pronounced over her son.
The way you walked was thorny
Through no fault of your own.
But as the rain enters the soil,
The river enters the sea,
So tears run to a predestined end.
Your suffering is over, Bela, my son.
Now you will find peace.
Bela Lugosi played “Bela” by the way. What are the odds? And this one…
Even a man who is pure in heart
And says his prayers by night
May become a wolf when the wolfbane blooms
And the autumn moon is bright.
Spooky! You can rent this one on YouTube. Make some popcorn and enjoy!