YMMV / The Wolf Man (1941)

  • Angst? What Angst?: Larry and Sir John don't really seem all that upset about the fact that Larry's brother just died in a hunting accident right before the start of the film. In fact, it only receives one small mention at the beginning, and then is never brought up again.
    • Somewhat acknowledged by Sir John saying that it's common in the family for fathers to be distant and aloof with their sons (which he regrets). As for Larry, he's been away for 18 years.
  • Awesome Music: Even with the small orchestra that they had, they still managed to create a tragic, haunting, suspenseful, and well done score.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: Danny Elfman's score for Batman shared some uncanny resemblances with Salter and Skinnerís score for the original. Guess who ended up composing the score for the remake?
  • Narm Charm: The original makeup has not aged gracefully, and never looked much like a wolf to begin with and yet... it works.
  • Signature Scene: Larry attacking Gwen in werewolf form.
  • Values Dissonance: Filmed during a simpler time, when a guy could walk up to a lady he has never talked to before and identify the jewelry she keeps in her bedroom, and she wouldn't freak out or call the cops.
  • The Woobie: Larry, although not to the Chew Toy extent of his character in the remake.
    • The ending makes his father John Talbot one, too.
    • The sequels eventually turn him into an Iron Woobie.
  • WTH, Casting Agency?: The rather burly, uncouth Lon Chaney, Jr.. was never originally intended for the role of Lawrence Talbot; at first, Universal had planned the film as another vehicle for Boris Karloff (which wound up not panning out), and Dick Foran was set to star in the lead until he was suddenly fired a week before filming. In the original version, Chaney would've instead played the supporting role of a American engineer hired to fix the Talbots' telescope — instead, he was re-cast as Talbot, making him a very unlikely scion of Welsh gentry. note