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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:
I am Dracula....I Bid You Welcome See more (346 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)
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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
Carl Laemmle Jr. .... producer
Tod Browning .... producer (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
Philip Glass (1999)
 
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
Brian J. McNamara .... digital restoration artist (remastered version)
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:
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:
Errors in geography: Dr. Seward's sanitarium is said to be both "near London" and "in Whitby." Whitby, on the Yorkshire coast in northern England, is nowhere near London.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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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Steel Trap (2007)See more »
Soundtrack:
Swan Lake, Op.20See more »

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67 out of 72 people found the following review useful.
I am Dracula....I Bid You Welcome, 2 May 2004
Author: (bsmith5552@rogers.com) from Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

"Dracula" is a true cinematic classic that still hold up well today more than 70 years after its initial release. Bram Stoker's novel had been filmed before, most notably the 1922 German masterpiece "Nosferatu" with Max Schrenk playing the vampire as a monstrous rat like creature with no redeeming qualities.

Bela Lugosi rose to instant fame with his portrayal of Dracula, a part he had been playing on stage for several years. Lugosi's interpretation is that of a suave and sophisticated nobleman with a hypnotic stare and a cultured Hungarian accent. This made the character more appealing to the ladies while at the same time terrifying to the audience when we see the monster revealed beneath.

The story has the tragic Renfield (Dwight Frye) arriving in Transylvania to complete a transaction with the Count which will allow him to lease a English castle. Before they leave for England by ship, Dracula turns Renfield into a quasi-vampire who obeys his master's every command. Upon arriving in England it is discovered that all of the ship's crew have been murdered and only a raving lunatic of a Renfield remain alive.

Renfield is committed to a sanitarium run by Dr. Seward (Herbert Bunston). Dracula seeks him out and discovers Seward's comely daughter Mina (Helen Chandler) and her friend Lucy. Dracula quickly "kills" Lucy and sets his sights upon Mina whose fiance Jonathon Harker (David Manners) is baffled by her sudden change in health and personality. Seward consults with a colleague Dr. Van Helsing (Edward Van Sloan) who quickly identifies the source of the problem as a vampire. They soon expose Dracula for what he is and......

The atmospheric sets of this movie set the tone for the story. Dracula's castle is dark, damp and web filled and his cellar is positively scary. So too is his English manor with the classic winding stair case leading to the cellar. The opening theme I found to be equally foreboding and frightening. I wonder how many of those early film goers realized that it was adapted from the classic ballet "Swan Lake".

Bela Lugosi should have become a major star after this film, but did not. His first mistake was the turning down the role of the monster in "Frankenstein" (1931). He did enjoy moderate success in the first half of the 30s playing various mad scientists and criminal masterminds. But he also accepted roles in several "poverty row" quickies which did little to advance his career. He had a brief return to glory in 1939 when he played "Ygor" in "The Son of Frankenstein" and again in 1948 again as Dracula in "Abbott & Costello Meet Frankenstein". With his well documented personal demons, Lugosi wound up his career in cheap "B' movies ultimately becoming the "star" in some of Ed Wood's "classics". Oddly enough, though he was forever identified with the Dracula character, he only played him on screen twice, in 1931 and 1948 as noted. He did play "Dracula like" characters in MGM's "Mark of the Vampire" (1935) and in Columbia's "Return of the Vampire" (1943).

Dwight Frye almost steals "Dracula" from Lugosi with his portrayal of Renfield. He takes him from a young ambitious businessman to a half crazed lunatic and back again. After this and his role of Fritz the hunchback in "Frankenstein", this great character actor never again achieved such heights. A real tragedy. Oddly enough, Stoker's book portrays Renfield as a minor character and it is Jonathon Harker who makes the unfortunate trip to Transylvania.

Also filmed in a Spanish language version.

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