Hull, radio, stage and motion picture actor
who appeared in “The Pit and the
Pendulum” one of the very first
“Suspense” dramas. The
Hull family was originally from Connecticut. Henry Hull's branch moved
south, where he was born in Kentucky in 1890. He was well known on the
stage, beginning his career in 1909. On Broadway, his most successful
role was that of "Jeeter Lester" in "Tobacco Road" (1933). He was a
master of character roles, and did much of his own make-up on the stage.
Hull appeared in several silent films, including the murder mystery "One Exciting Night", directed by film legend D.W. Griffith. Moving into the sound era, Hull was in many acclaimed productions. Among these films are "Great Expectations" (1934), "Jesse James" (1939), "The Chase" (1966) and many others. One of his favorites was "Lifeboat" (1944), working with director Alfred Hitchcock. He also enjoyed acting with Vincent Price in "Master of the World" (1961), based on the Jules Verne novel.
Despite many critically acclaimed performamces, in both stage and film, his best remembered role came in 1935. Universal Studios cast Henry Hull as the tormented Dr. Wilfred Glendon, in the now classic "Werewolf of London". Henry saw Glendon's personality as being similar to Sherlock Holmes. In his words: "Glendon, being a botanist, or scientist, was not open to belief in the supernatural, as it interfered with his work". Whenever he spoke of the stage or film, his face lit up, he loved them so much. Forever the thespian, and a kind gentleman, Hull died in 1977 at the age of 87. But, even given his other roles, he will always be remembered as the first movie werewolf!
(This program was never aired on WTIC - it is reconstructed based on an interview conducted by Dick Bertel in 1964)