The Fake Teenager Festival: I was a 21 year old, err “teenage” werewolf…

I was a teenage werewolf (1957)

Tony (Michael Landon) is generally a good kid with a serious anger management problem. Too many fights in school will lead to expulsion unless he undergoes hypnosis to make him lose that chip on his shoulder.

Unfortunately for Tony, he gets stuck with a crazy doctor menacingly played by Whit Bissell, looking to create a Jeckyll & Hyde experience by unearthing the beast of what makes Tony tick.

Now whenever Tony hears a loud noise or is provoked in any way, the beast comes out and that beast is a werewolf.

This film didn’t think to cast one single actor younger than 21. No teens in this film, and honestly a few of them don’t even pass for younger.

The “teens” pictured above ranged in age from 20 to 26, the director of the film is on the bottom.

Despite the cast, this has always been a favorite film of mine. I probably saw it multiple times on Creature Double Feature Channel 48 in the 1970’s.

A highlight of the film was a rockabilly tune sung by 26 year old “teen” Vic (Ken Miller).

11 thoughts on “The Fake Teenager Festival: I was a 21 year old, err “teenage” werewolf…

  1. Woohooooo! Channel 48! We didn’t have a uhf tv when I was little so I used to go to a neighbor’s house to watch. They had some really interesting programming! Probably saw this but I don’t recall it. Werewolves, geez. They never get a break! Will look for it. And that’s interesting, re the actors’ ages.

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  2. I think the last time I saw I Was a Teenage Werewolf was live on a local creature feature. It doesn’t seem to be streaming anywhere, and its availability on DVD is hit or miss, which is perplexing, since it’s a true classic and time capsule of its era!

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  3. Whoa – was surprised to learn Michael Landon was in this film, but he probably did a good job here?

    Thanks for posting the song “Eeny Meeny Money Moe”. I’m going to be humming it for the rest of the evening.

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  4. The only scene I remember from this is the one in the gym with the girl hanging off the parallel bars and the wolf coming at her. Maybe it’s time to fill in the blanks. Thanks again for joining the blogathon with this great review!

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