Werewolf of London

1935

While on a botanical expedition in Tibet Dr. Wilfred Glendon (Henry Hull) is attacked in the dark by a strange animal. Returning to London, he finds himself turning nightly into a werewolf and terrorizing the city, with the only hope for curing his affliction a rare Asian flower.

Cast:
Henry Hull .... Dr. Wilfred Glendon
Warner Oland .... Dr. Yogami
Valerie Hobson .... Mrs. Lisa 'Lee' Glendon
Lester Matthews .... Captain Paul Ames
Lawrence Grant .... Sir Thomas Forsythe, Scotland Yard Chief
Spring Byington .... Aunt Ettie Coombes
Clark Williams .... Hugh Renwick
J.M. Kerrigan .... Hawkins, Glendon's Lab Assistant
Charlotte Granville .... Lady Alice Forsythe
Ethel Griffies .... Mrs. Whack
Zeffie Tilbury .... Mrs. Moncaster
Jeanne Bartlett .... Daisy

 

Valerie Hobson

Valerie Babette Louise Hobson was born on 14 April 1917 in Larne, County Antrim, Ireland, the daughter British Army officer. Valerie barely begun her studies at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts when, at 16, she was discovered an was signed to a Hollywood contract by Universal pictures, where for a frustrating 12 months she served as a Fay Wray substitute in roles calling for wide-eyed terror. From this experience, she is best known to horror fans for her roles in WereWolf of London (1935), Bride of Frankenstein (1935), Rendezvous at Midnight (1935) and the Mystery of Edwin Drood (1935). Valerie was never happy in Scream Queen parts. She soon returned to England where she was offered leading roles that displayed her many charms and talent. Returning to the British film industry in 1936, Hobson developed into one of the most popular and versatile leading ladies in the business. She was a delightful "Nora Charles" type in the 1938 murder mystery This Man is News (1938), and was both sexy and resourceful opposite Conrad Veidt in a brace of espionage thrillers, The Spy in Black (1939) and Contraband (1940). Hobson was seen at her best in her postwar films, notably as the demure lady love of homicidal Dennis Price in Kind Hearts and Coronets (1949), the selfish mother of John Howard Davies in The Rocking Horse Winner (1950), and the screwball "professional guest" in the "Ways and Means" episode of the Noel Coward omnibus Tonight at 8:30 (1952). In 1946, Hobson offered an exquisite performance as Estella in David Lean's adaptation of Dickens' Great Expectations; ironically, she had played a smaller role in the 1934 Universal version of the same Dickens novel, but her part had wound up on the cutting room floor. Previously wed to producer Anthony Havelock-Allen, Hobson retired from films in 1954 to marry future British Minister of War John Profumo. She stood by her husband,, after he was involved in the Christine Keeler scandal in the 60s. He was forced to resign as England's minister for war. In her later years, she was devoted to her charity work for those afflicted with leprosy.