May 1, 1961: Oliver Reed’s first leading role, in The Curse Of The Werewolf

“HALF-MAN…HALF-WOLF”

The_Curse_Of_The_Werewolf-1961The Curse of the Werewolf is a British film based on the novel The Werewolf of Paris by Guy Endore. The film was made by the British film studio Hammer Film Productions and was shot at Bray Studios. The leading role of the werewolf was Oliver Reed‘s first credited film appearance. Benjamin Frankel’s score is notable for its use of twelve-tone serialism, rare in film music.

Clifford Evans played Don Alfredo Corledo and Oliver Reed, Leon Corledo/Werewolf.  Also featuring were Warren Mitchell (Til Death Us Do Part), Michael Ripper (On the Buses), Peter Sallis (Last Of The Summer Wine; Wallace & Gromit) and Desmond Llewelyn (Q in the James Bond movies). [Wikipedia]

In Spain, Leon is born on Christmas day to a mute servant girl who was raped by aCinema-UK-05-01-1961 beggar. His mother dies giving birth and he is looked after by Don Alfredo. As a child Leon becomes a werewolf after having been taken hunting. As a young man, he works in a wine cellar and falls in love with the owner’s daughter Cristina. One full moon, he again turns into a werewolf and terrifies the town. [IMDB]

Watch the trailer on the universalmoviesuk YouTube Channel.

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