She-Wolf of London, Happy Anniversary! Premiered Friday (Friday, April 5, 1946), May 17, 1946

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It is clear that She-Wolf of London did not premier on May 17, 1946, but saw it’s opening on Friday, April 5, 1946 at the Rialto Theater, in New York.[1] I know, with that information I should not continue this anniversary-post, or at the least, hold it over until, April of 2015. But, I cannot refrain myself, for this is another of my secret, delectable, (not necessarily great for everyone else) tidbits of the Universal horror factory. One more example of the black & white superior-atmosphere and the usual quotient of thrills and chills. With that said, this little-bit of eeriness was not granted much from the ‘higher-ups’ at Universal, nor did the local theater management allocate much additional funding for advertising; most often She-Wolf played in a double-feature, and then more frequently as the second-banana. What few reviews were written were tepid or dismissive in nature.

Jean Yarbrough (lots of B-movies, and much television) had the honors of sitting in the director’s chair for this thriller; George Bricker wrote the screenplay from a story by Dwight V. Babcock. Bricker and Babcock often worked together in the 1940’s, including: House of Dracula, 1945, Pillow of Death, 1945, House of Horrors, 1946, The Brute Man, 1946, and The Corpse Came C.O.D., 1947. Both men are mentioned several times in Universal Horrors: The Studio’s Classic Films 1931-1946.[2]

The cinematography for She-Wolf was in the capable hands of Maury Gertsman, who breathed life into two of the Basil Rathbone’ Sherlock Holmes series entries: Terror by Night and Dressed to Kill, each made in 1946; Gertsman was a B-movie-land denizen, which could be said of most of those involved in the making of this film. She-Wolf starred Don Porter and June Lockhart. She-Wolf of London can be found on DVD on the back-end of a double-bill (as it was in first run so it is in home-release).

 

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By C. S. Williams

 

[1] New York Times, (New York, New York) Saturday, April 6, 1946 / The Brooklyn Daily Eagle (Brooklyn, New York) Tuesday, April 9, 1946

[2] Universal Horrors: The Studio’s Classic Films 1931-1946, 2d ed. by Tom Weaver, Michael Brunas and John Brunas, published by McFarland in 2007.

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