|SHE-WOLF OF LONDON (THE CURSE OF THE ALLENBYS) (director: Jean Yarbrough; screenwriters: George Bricker/story by Dwight V. Babcock ; cinematographer: Maury Gertsman; editor: Paul Landres; music: William Lava; cast: June Lockhart (Phyllis Allenby), Don Porter (Harry Lanfield), Sara Haden (Martha Winthrop), Jan Wiley (Carol Winthrop), Lloyd Corrigan (Detective Latham), Martin Kosleck (Dwight Severn), Dennis Hooey (Inspector Pierce ); Runtime: 62; MPAA Rating: NR; producer: Ben Pivar; Universal; 1946-UK)|
the story is lacking in excitement, it at
least was competently filmed
and has winning sets."
by Dennis Schwartz
Jean Yarbrough ("Lost in Alaska"/"House
of Horrors"/"Saintly Sinners") imitates in an inferior
way John Brahm's enticing The Undying Monster (1942).
horror pic is set in the early 20th century in London.
It's about an insane murderess called the She-Wolf.
She is played by June Lockhart (later played the
wonderful mom in the Lassie television series). Here
she is the young heiress Phyllis Allenby,
who has nightmares and thinks she has been touched by
the Allenby Curse (believes members of the
family at times assume the form of a wolf). Her
childhood dreams were about roaming the countrysides
with a wolf-pack. In her adult dreams she wakes up
with blood on her hands and sees a beast-woman roaming
in the countryside. The protagonist believes she's the
killer, but is not sure.
It turns out that
Phyllis' Aunt Martha (Sara Haden)
is the lunatic serial killer, using a garden
trowel to do her foul deeds in a London park.
The story is by
Dwight V. Babcock, and it's
adapted to the screen by George Bricker. Though
the story is lacking in excitement, it at least
was competently filmed and has winning sets.
REVIEWED ON 8/11/2015 GRADE: C+
Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"
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