The Werewolf

1913

Ostensibly the first werewolf movie ever filmed. A Navajo woman believes she has been abandoned by her husband, who has actually been killed, and becomes a witch. As her daughter grows up she is taught by her mother to hate all white men and ends up seeking revenge by turning into a werewolf. A Navajo Indian girl named Watuma, (Gordon), the daughter of witch Kee-On-Ee, (Walcamp & Warrenton), who was wronged by white settlers, possesses the power to transform into a wolf until she encounters a friar and his cross. She returns from death 100 years later to kill the sweetheart of the reincarnation of the man, (Clifford), who shot her lover. The only film known to examine the American Indian variation of the werewolf myth, but unfortunately all the prints were destroyed by a fire in 1924. The transformation scenes were achieved by simple camera dissolves. Marie Walcamp and Luke Warrenton each portrayed Kee-On-Ee at varying stages of the film's production.

Cast:
Clarence Burton .... Ezra Vance, Trail Blazer
Marie Walcamp .... Kee-On-Ee, as a Young Woman
Phyllis Gordon .... Watuma, daughter of Kee-On-Ee
Lule Warrenton .... Kee-On-Ee, Years Later
Sherman Bainbridge .... Stone Eye
William Clifford .... Jack Ford

Marie Walcamp

Marie Walcamp was born on July 27, 1894 in Dennison, Ohio. Dennison had a small population and was miles from Canton and Youngstown, the two nearest big cities in the state. Because of its size, the town didn't afford the type of opportunity of fame that Marie wanted. She began to dream of stardom early, as most young girls do, and when she had finished her formal education headed to the East Coast in search of acting jobs on the stage. While she found some work in New York, she was discovered and was given a role in 1913's THE WEREWOLF on the silver screen when she was 19 years old. Marie would not be on the big screen again until CORAL in 1915. Weber's social melodrama Hop-The Devil's Brew. The brass at Universal saw her as an action heroine and starred the blonde Ohio girl as Liberty, a Daughter of the U.S.A. (1916) opposite a young Jack Holt. She battled a lion in the appropriately titled The Lion's Claws(1916), her second chapterplay, and wore the scars for the rest of her life. The 1920s brought an end to women's dominance in all aspects of filmmaking, however, and Marie Walcamp's screen career waned precipitously. By the time the twenties rolled around, Marie was used less and less on the screen. Her final film was IN A MOMENT OF TEMPTATION in 1927. She married actor Harlan Tucker and semi-retired, leaving films altogether in 1927. On November 17, 1936, Marie committed suicide from an overdose of medication. She was just 42 years old.