In THE WOLF MAN, Larry Talbot (Lon Chaney Jr.) has returned to Wales after being away in America for 18 years to see his father (Claude Rains) and stand as heir to the family castle. While adjusting a telescope, he inadvertently spies on an attractive woman in the village, and immediately saunters off to meet her. The woman, Gwen, works in her family's antique shop, and after turning down his repeated requests for a date, agrees to accompany him to a gypsy carnival taking place outside of the village, as long as her friend Jenny can go as well. While Jenny gets her palm read by a gypsy woman, Larry and Gwen go for a stroll in the woods, but when they hear Jenny screaming, they find that she's being attacked by a wolf. Larry kills the wolf with his silver-handled walking stick, but not before Jenny is killed and Larry suffers a wolf bite. In the aftermath, the gypsy woman arrives and reveals to Larry that the wolf was no wolf, but her son (Bela Lugosi), who was a werewolf, and now that Larry has been bitten, he too is a werewolf, and the only way he can be stopped is by silver. Soon, the gypsy is proven right, as Larry turns into a werewolf at the next full moon, and kills several villagers. The next morning, Larry has no memory of his transformation, but begs his father to strap him in a chair at the next full moon, and gives Gwen a necklace with a silver pentagram so that he will be unable to kill her should he break free. Gwen wants to move away from the village with Larry, but at the next full moon, Larry breaks free of the straps, and it's up to his father and the other villagers to find a way to stop him.