Archive for January 7, 2018

The Sunday Intertitle: Lumberjack Transfusion

Posted in FILM, Science with tags , , , , , , on January 7, 2018 by dcairns

WOLFBLOOD (1925), is the sole directorial credit of actor George Chesebro (pictured), in collaboration with the prolific Bruce Mitchell. I didn’t know anything about either man, but the movie sounded goofy enough to be interesting.

We’re up in the wilds of Canada, where men are men and they talk like this ~

They’re also constantly shooting each other. There are two rival logging firms, and one is playing dirty — they try to avoid outright murder, but they figure by shooting to wound they can put the opposition’s lumberjacks out of action long enough to get a distinct market advantage. Our hero, played by George Chesebro under the name George Chesbro (a cunning pseudonym), gets badly hurt and needs a life-saving transfusion. But with no human donors volunteering, the doc is forced to syphon haemoglobin from a wolf into the stricken sawmill manager.

This and the astounding THE ALLIGATOR PEOPLE are the only movies I can think of about animal-human blood transfusion but I’m probably forgetting lots.

Anyway, the doc looks like Count Arthur Strong, maybe IS Count Arthur Strong in his silent movie days. Or else a stray Chuckle Brother, though the credits name one Ray Handford.

Soon Chesebro/Chesbro is on the slippery slope from woodsman to wolfman, as reports of nocturnal attacks convince him he’s being taken over by the canine plasma coursing through his veins. Sadly, the promising lycanthrope angle which has taken most of the runtime to get to, fizzles out in a welter of what Fred from Scooby (Dooby) Doo might call perfectly simple explanations. That leaves the scenery and a few unusual photo-illustrated intertitles to carry the day.

Movie was shot by Lesley Selander, the only familiar name in the credits: he became a very prolific B-movie director before moving into TV.

Stray thought: could this movie have inspired the strange sartorial quirk of werewolves in the movies frequently wearing checked lumberjack shirts?

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