The Werewolf (1913 film)

The Werewolf (1913) is a silent film short that is considered the first werewolf film.[1] It was directed by Henry MacRae, produced by Bison Film Company, and released by Universal Film Manufacturing Company.[2] The script is by Ruth Ann Baldwin, based on the short story "The Werewolves" (1898) by Henry Beaugrand.[3] It is now considered a lost film,[4] all prints supposedly having been destroyed in a 1924 fire at Universal Studios.[5][6][7]

The Werewolf
Directed byHenry MacRae
Produced byBison Film Company
Written byRuth Ann Baldwin
StarringClarence Burton
Marie Walcamp
Phyllis Gordon
Lule Warrenton
Sherman Bainbridge
William Clifford
Distributed byUniversal Film Manufacturing Company
Release date
  • December 13, 1913 (1913-12-13)
Running time
18 minutes (540 m)
CountryUnited States
LanguageSilent film
English intertitles


Kee-On-Ee, a Navajo woman, becomes a witch after erroneously coming to believe that her husband has abandoned her. She teaches the same skills to her daughter Watuma, who transforms into a wolf in order to carry out vengeance against the invading white settlers. Then, 100 years after Watuma's death, she returns from the dead to kill again.


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