The Wolf Hunters (1949 film)

The Wolf Hunters is a 1949 American western film directed by Budd Boetticher and starring Kirby Grant, Jan Clayton and Edward Norris. It was based on the novel of the same title by James Oliver Curwood, which had previously been adapted in 1926 as The Wolf Hunters and in 1934 as The Trail Beyond[1] starring John Wayne, Noah Beery, Sr. and Noah Beery, Jr.. The film was the second in a series of ten films featuring Kirby Grant as a Canadian Mountie.[2]

The Wolf Hunters
Directed byBudd Boetticher
Produced byLindsley Parsons
William F. Broidy (associate producer)
Written byJames Oliver Curwood
Scott Darling
StarringKirby Grant
Jan Clayton
Edward Norris
Helen Parrish
Music byEdward J. Kay
CinematographyWilliam A. Sickner
Edited byAce Herman
Distributed byMonogram Pictures
Release date
October 30, 1949
Running time
70 minutes
CountryUnited States



Budd Boetticher later recalled, "Monogram! That was really second rate! Wolf Hunters was an outdoor picture, kind of an "in the snow" thing, and I put all my friends in it who were out of work. Jan clayton, Kirby Grant, everyone I knew who was out of a job. It was twelve days; just terrible."[3]


  1. McGhee p.323
  2. Drew p.225
  3. Budd Boetticher: The Last Interview Wheeler, Winston Dixon. Film Criticism; Meadville Vol. 26, Iss. 3, (Spring 2002): 52-0_3.


  • Drew, Bernard. Motion Picture Series and Sequels: A Reference Guide. Routledge, 2013.
  • McGhee, Richard D. John Wayne: Actor, Artist, Hero. McFarland, 1999.

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