1961 The Curse of the Werewolf

The Curse of the Werewolf 1961

A Hammer film production released by Universal Pictures 

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MPAA Approved Certificate 

The characters and incidents portrayed and the names used herein are fictitious and any similarity to the names characters or history of any person is entirely accidental and unintentional 

RCA Sound Recording 

Produced at Bray Studios England 

Technicolor 88 mins


Spain: A wandering beggar falls foul of the sadistic Marques Siniestro and is flung into a dungeon, where he remains for years, virtually forgotten. Then a young mute servant girl also upsets the Marques and, to teach her a lesson, she is put in the cell with the beggar, who rapes her and promptly dies. The girl kills the Marques and escapes, but now she is pregnant by the beggar. It seems that her baby will be born on Christmas Day and local legend has it that there is only one fate in store for an unwanted child conceived in such circumstances and born on the Lord's birthday....Watch the trailer on YouTube



Production Designer Bernard Robinson
Supervising Editor James Needs
Production Manager Clifford Parkes
Editor Alfred Cox
Assistant Director John Peverall
Art Director Don Mingaye
Sound Recordist Jock May
Sound Editor Alban Streeter
Continuity Tilly Day
Make-up Artist Roy Ashton
Hair Stylist Frieda Steiger
Wardrobe Mistress Molly Arbuthnot
Casting Stuart Lyons
Special Effects Les Bowie
Camera Operator Len Harris
Director of Photography Arthur Grant, BSC
Music Composed and Conducted by Benjamin Frankel
Screenplay by John Elder
Based on the novel "The Werewolf of Paris" by Guy Endore
Associate Producer Anthony Nelson Keys
Executive Producer Michael Carreras
Produced by Anthony Hinds
Directed by Terence Fisher


Alfredo Clifford Evans
Leon Oliver Reed
Servant Girl Yvonne Romain
Cristina Catherine Feller
Marques Siniestro Anthony Dawson
Marquesa Josephine Llewellyn
Beggar Richard Wordsworth
Teresa Hira Talfrey
Young Leon Justin Walters
Priest John Gabriel
Pepe Valiente Warren Mitchell
Rosa Valiente Anne Blake
Dominique George Woodbridge
Old Soak Michael Ripper
Don Fernando Ewen Solon
Don Enrique Peter Sallis
Jose Martin Matthews
Rico Gomez David Conville
Gaoler Denis Shaw
Chef Charles Lamb
Senora Zumara Serafina Di Leo
Vera  Sheila Brennan
Isabel Joy Webster
Yvonne Renny Lister
Footman Desmond Llewelyn


Before this film was made, Hammer planned to make one about the Spanish Inquisition, but there were rumours that the Catholic Office would take a very dim view of such a movie and try to have it banned. The project was therefore abandoned, but not before Bernard Robinson's sets had been constructed. Not a company to waste resources, Hammer transferred the action of Guy Endore's novel "The Werewolf of Paris" to Spain and Anthony Hinds wrote the script for "The Curse of the Werewolf", the first of many screenplays written by him under the pseudonym John Elder.
 Welsh actor Clifford Evans returned to Hammer in 1963 to star as the vampire-killer in "The Kiss of the Vampire".

Details were complied viewing the actual film. 
Source of viewing copy - The Hammer Graveyard Collection