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Director:
Writers:
Bram Stoker (by)
Hamilton Deane (from the play adapted by) ...
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Release Date:
14 February 1931 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
Carl Laemmle Presents The VAMPIRE THRILLER! (original posters) See more »
Plot:
The ancient vampire Count Dracula arrives in England and begins to prey upon the virtuous young Mina. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Awards:
2 wins & 1 nomination See more »
User Reviews:
Excellent See more (369 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Bela Lugosi ... Count Dracula
Helen Chandler ... Mina
David Manners ... John Harker

Dwight Frye ... Renfield
Edward Van Sloan ... Van Helsing
Herbert Bunston ... Doctor Seward
Frances Dade ... Lucy
Joan Standing ... Maid
Charles K. Gerrard ... Martin (as Charles Gerrard)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Anna Bakacs ... Innkeeper's Daughter (uncredited)
Nicholas Bela ... Coach Passenger (uncredited)
Daisy Belmore ... Coach Passenger (uncredited)
Barbara Bozoky ... Innkeeper's Wife (uncredited)

Tod Browning ... Harbormaster (voice) (uncredited)
Moon Carroll ... Maid (uncredited)
Geraldine Dvorak ... Dracula's Wife (uncredited)
John George ... Small Scientist (uncredited)
Anita Harder ... Flower Girl (uncredited)
Carla Laemmle ... Coach Passenger (uncredited)
Donald Murphy ... Coach Passenger (uncredited)
Wyndham Standing ... Surgeon (uncredited)
Cornelia Thaw ... Dracula's Wife (uncredited)
Dorothy Tree ... Dracula's Wife (uncredited)
Josephine Velez ... Grace - English Nurse (uncredited)
Michael Visaroff ... Innkeeper (uncredited)
Florence Wix ... Concertgoer Outside Theatre (uncredited)

Directed by
Tod Browning 
 
Writing credits
Bram Stoker (by)

Hamilton Deane (from the play adapted by) &
John L. Balderston (from the play adapted by)

Garrett Fort (play script)

Louis Bromfield  contributing writer (uncredited)
Tod Browning  uncredited
Max Cohen  titles (uncredited)
Dudley Murphy  additional dialogue (uncredited)
Louis Stevens  contributing writer (uncredited)

Produced by
E.M. Asher .... associate producer
Tod Browning .... producer
Carl Laemmle Jr. .... producer
 
Cinematography by
Karl Freund 
 
Film Editing by
Milton Carruth (film editor)
 
Casting by
Phil M. Friedman (uncredited)
 
Production Design by
John Hoffman (uncredited)
Herman Rosse (uncredited)
 
Art Direction by
Charles D. Hall 
 
Set Decoration by
Russell A. Gausman (uncredited)
 
Costume Design by
Ed Ware (uncredited)
Vera West (uncredited)
 
Makeup Department
Jack P. Pierce .... makeup artist (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Scott R. Beal .... first assistant director (uncredited)
Herman Schlom .... second assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
John Hoffman .... set designer (uncredited)
Charles A. Logue .... scenic artist (uncredited)
Herman Rosse .... set designer (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
C. Roy Hunter .... recording supervisor
Jack Bolger .... boom operator (uncredited)
Jack Foley .... foley artist (uncredited)
William Hedgcock .... sound mixer (uncredited)
 
Visual Effects by
Frank H. Booth .... photographic effects (uncredited)
William Davidson .... miniatures (uncredited)
John P. Fulton .... matte artist (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Frank H. Booth .... second assistant camera (uncredited)
Joseph Brotherton .... director of photography: second unit (uncredited)
Roman Freulich .... still photographer (uncredited)
King D. Gray .... first assistant camera (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Maurice Pivar .... supervising film editor
 
Music Department
Heinz Roemheld .... conductor (uncredited)
Heinz Roemheld .... music supervisor (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Carl Laemmle .... presenter
Carl Laemmle .... president: Universal Pictures Corporation
Max Cohen .... title designer (uncredited)
Nan Grant .... researcher (uncredited)
Charles Logue .... scenario supervisor (uncredited)
Dudley Murphy .... continuity (uncredited)
Aileen Webster .... script supervisor (uncredited)
 
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Runtime:
75 min (censored version) (1936 re-release) | 85 min (original 1931 release)
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Aspect Ratio:
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Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Sound System)
Certification:
Argentina:13 | Australia:PG | Brazil:12 | Canada:PG (Manitoba/Ontario) | Canada:G (Nova Scotia/Quebec) | Finland:K-12 (2013) | Finland:K-15 (2004) | Germany:12 | Iceland:12 | Netherlands:14 (original rating) (1931) | Norway:16 (1931) | Spain:T | Sweden:7 | UK:PG | USA:Approved | USA:Not Rated | USA:TV-PG (TV rating)

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Trivia:
The large, expansive sets built for the Transylvania castle and Carfax Abbey sequences remained standing after filming was completed, and were used by Universal Pictures for many other movies for over a decade.See more »
Goofs:
Factual errors: On main title, Carl Laemmle's studio affiliation is listed as "Presient"See more »
Quotes:
[first lines]
Young Girl Passenger:[reading from a Transylvanian tourist brochure] "Among the rugged peaks that crown down upon the Borgo Pass are found crumbling castles of a bygone age."
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Soundtrack:
Swan Lake, Op.20See more »

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13 out of 14 people found the following review useful.
Excellent, 29 May 2011
Author: TheLittleSongbird from United Kingdom

Dracula(1931) mayn't be the definitive version of the brilliant Bram Stoker novel, but it is still a classic. My only complaints are the abrupt ending and David Manners as John, he tries his best but sometimes his line delivery is awkward and some of his lines are stilted.

I did also think that to a lesser extent the first half is better than the second. The opening scene is absolutely brilliant, but while there are still some compelling and well-done scenes the second half is rather talky. That said, there is a lot I loved about Dracula. The costumes, sets, photography and lighting are suitably atmospheric and grandiose, the story is still the timeless story even with the many changes I love and the screenplay apart from the odd stilted line from John is very good.

I saw Dracula in two versions, one without background music which added to the genuine atmosphere, and one with a suitably hypnotic and haunting score from minimalist composer Phillip Glass. While I loved Glass' score, I do prefer slightly the one without the scoring, the silence further added to the atmosphere I feel. The whole film is beautifully directed too, and while the film is very short at about an hour and a quarter the pace is just right.

The acting is very good, perhaps theatrical in a way but I think it worked. Bela Lugosi has such a magnetic presence in the title role, Edward Van Sloan is perfect as Van Helsing but in a sinister and funny performance Dwight Frye steals the film.

In conclusion, excellent film and a classic. 9/10 Bethany Cox

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