Sunday, September 22, 2013
WALK SOFTLY, AND CARRY A BIG WOLF MAN STICK
Monster Kid #1 Bob Burns currently owns the original prop cane used in Universal's 1941 release of THE WOLF MAN. An exotic implement even for this type of movie, the cane, whose handle depicts a sculpted wolf's head alongside a pentagram (the mark of the werewolf), was explained as being made from pure silver, coincidentally the only known element that could free a person afflicted as a werewolf with the gift of death.
The original cane head was sculpted in vulcanized rubber by an uncredited Ellis Burman, Sr., special effects, property master, and makeup assistant to Jack Pierce, who was head of Universal's makeup department at the time. The cane is shown in several scenes, including the final scene where the elder Talbot beats to death a wolf only to find out that it is his own son.
Along with Curt Siodmak's verse, "Even a man who is pure in heart", and "The way you walked was thorny" (or, as Maleva "the old gypsy woman" would say, "De vay you valked wus torny"), the wolf cane will live on in the legends of screen history and the memories of Monsterologists forever.
Here are a few screen shots depicting the cane and the Wolf Man in action:
The Wolf Man cane prop replica, designed and issued by Factory Entertainment, will be available this December from Monsters In Motion at the discounted price of $379.99.
The Wolfman Cane Limited Edition Prop Replica
Limited to 400 Pieces Worldwide
Purchased as a harmless gift in the film, the cane ultimately becomes the instrument of Larry Talbot's destruction.Based on the work of Ellis Burman, the sculptor of the original The Wolfman cane prop, this replica created was sculpted using never-before-seen imagery of the original prop, as well as the careful guidance of prop collector and film historian Bob Burns (Owner of the original Burman piece!)
A numbered limited edition of 400 pieces, each Larry talbot Cane includes a prop story booklet, certificate of authenticity and numbered limited-edition wall-hanging display with plaque. The cane measures 30 inches long with solid wood shaft, metal tip, and durable chrome plated wolf-head handle. (Handle measures 4 inches by 7 inches)
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