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Dracula -- The ancient vampire Count Dracula arrives in England and begins to prey upon the virtuous young Mina.
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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:
Lugosi's Triumph See more (361 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 
Karl Freund (uncredited)
 
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 (corrected release length)
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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:
There was no real musical soundtrack in the film because it was believed that, with sound being such a recent innovation in films, the audience would not accept hearing music in a scene if there was no explanation for it being there (e.g., the orchestra playing off camera when Dracula meets Mina at the theatre).See more »
Goofs:
Errors in geography: Armadillos (native to the Americas) are seen in Dracula's castle in Transylvania.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:
Unfinished SymphonySee more »

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32 out of 36 people found the following review useful.
Lugosi's Triumph, 23 July 2004
Author: Arriflex1 from Beyond The Cosmos

Tod Browning's film of the Stoker novel didn't so much eclipse Murnau's NOSFERATU (1922) as shove it into antiquity. One big reason was the technological advancement of sound. Roughly three years old by 1930, the public embraced the talking picture wholeheartedly over silents.

The other big reason for Dracula's success was that the star of the stage play had been cast as the star of the film. And movie history was made. Bela Lugosi's Count Dracula is now a eighty-one year old icon, outlasting all other interpretations before or since. The twist is that this Dracula looks nothing like Stoker's creation (read the book). Lugosi, either through his work with the playwrights or later at Universal with Browning, devised the most insidious form the character would ever take- a handsome, courtly, well-groomed, civilized aristocrat, so gracious and attractive that he projected an aura of well-being over the viewer. This was worlds away from the Murnau/Max Schreck approach of head-on abomination in NOSFERATU.

Sensibly, no one in their right mind would stay within viewing distance of Schreck (or Kinski in NOSFERATU, THE VAMPYRE and Dafoe in SHADOW OF THE VAMPIRE) after the first glimpse. But Lugosi's Count would have you chatting and drinking wine- until he began to drink of you. That cape and those evening clothes are the perfect deception. Browning's Dracula is sometimes stagy and tentative in its continuity (it feels at times that the director was unsure where to go next in the progression of scenes). But Karl Freund's photography summons up a persistent mood of heavy gloom and enveloping dread.

Two other assets in the film are Edward Van Sloan as Van Helsing and Dwight Frye as Renfield. Van Sloan was Universal's resident Learned Man, appearing as an Egyptologist in THE MUMMY (1933), and perhaps most famously as Dr. Waldman in FRANKENSTEIN (1931). A career-long character actor, Dwight Frye was an eccentric talent who appears to have worked exclusively at Universal. He had his best role as Renfield, producing a still blood-curdling, sneering laugh that seemed to come from the depths of a hellish insanity. If you haven't seen this Dracula please do so. The Count awaits.

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