A local man comes into the house, almost knocking Maleva over, and announces what we already know – Jenny is dead, pushing up daisies, taking a dirt nap, snuffed it, kicked the bucket, etc. This really attracts the attention of Sir John and Capt. Montford. These two put on a display of typical British surprise coupled with impatience and indignation that they’re peaceful little hamlet should be intruded upon in such a manner. When they get the details out of the poor fellow Capt. Montford investigates ( does this guy not know the meaning of the word “retired” ?).
Doctor Lloyd takes a look at the leftovers, Capt. Montford dictates notes to the fellow wearing the bowler hat, Mr. Twiddle – the fellow in the bowler – admits to being a bit squeamish (considering what's just happened that’s understandable), and the fellow holding onto the dogs leash is Frank Andrews, the fellow who is engaged to Gwen Conliffe. He’s in charge of Sir Johns estate. Next to Jennys body is the body of Bela. They note that he’s not wearing any shoes, and that’s the last we hear of this juicy but worthless little detail. The fact they withhold from all film goers and those that are viewing this film to pontificate upon it is that Bela’s head is or should be beaten in, and the crime scene should be a bloody mess. The wolfs head cane that belongs to Larry is found near the body, and even though it could have killed Bela there isn’t a mark on it.
The following morning Larry is awoken by the sound of people in the house. Capt. Montford, Dr. Lloyd (who could be a vet for all we know), and Larry’s father pay him a visit to see how he is. When Montford sees that Larry is lucid enough to handle some questions he charges ahead. While he’s holding out the cane Larry volunteers that he killed the wolf with it. He also states the wolf bit him in the chest. Dr. Lloyd investigates the site of the wound, and finds there is no wound – not even a scar. A detail that will be addressed in the sequel. Montford does his best Jack Webb of Dragnet fame imitation and informs Larry they didn’t find hide nor hair of any wolf, but did find the lifeless body of Bela the gypsy.
I killed the wolf with that
Larry tries out for the role of Superman
The doctor (we still don’t what kind of doctor he is) suggests that Larry be allowed to get further rest. Montford wants to continue his questions but the doctor tells him in no uncertain terms that they’ll have to wait. It’s already painfully obvious that Larry is getting a bit upset. He says to his father that Montford is trying to convince him he killed a man when “I know I killed a wolf”.
Sir John, Montford, and Dr. Lloyd go down stairs. Dr. Lloyd is of the opinion that Larry is “mentally unbalanced”. I couldn’t help but notice that when the Doctor said this Sir John did not come to his sons defense. Montford objects to the manner he was stopped in his questioning of Larry. Sir John finally comes to his sons aid, and has more than a few choice words for the doctor. The doctor agrees to hold off when it comes to any further diagnosis.
Jenny's mother and a few of her friends are in town gossiping and say that there were no murders before Larry Talbot came to town. As they finish talking Bela’s coffin is delivered the churchyard by the local funeral home. While it’s in the crypt awaiting burial Maleva and the Vicar have a few words. He can’t understand the gypsy way of life. Funerals are solemn occasions and not time for music, song, and merriment. Maleva says she wouldn’t change traditions even if she could. The vicar throws in the towel, and gives up talking to Maleva. Larry has snuck into the crypt without Maleva seeing him. She goes to the coffin, raises the lid nearest the head, and speaks to her son one last time. The dialog, along with the timbre of her voice give the words an otherworldly spookiness that I have not heard in any other classic horror film. "The way you walked was thorny, though no fault of your own, but as the rain enters the soil, the river enters the sea, so tears run to a predestined end. Now you will have peace for eternity."
Larry watches Maleva, and chokes up a bit when she talks. It’s at this point in the film when I think Larry is wondering if he really did kill Bela. When she finishes she closes the lid of the coffin and walks away. As soon as she leaves Larry approaches the coffin and starts to cry.