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14 February 1931 (USA) See more »
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  (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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Also Known As:
75 min (censored version) (1936 re-release) | 85 min (original 1931 release)
Aspect Ratio:
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Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Sound System)
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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While it is rumored that Bela Lugosi, could not speak English very well, and had to learn his lines phonetically, this is not true. Lugosi was speaking English as well as he ever would by the time this was filmed.See more »
Revealing mistakes: The London girl selling flowers who is attacked by Count Dracula before he enters the concert hall can be seen moving while the policeman is blowing his whistle, even though she is supposedly dead.See more »
[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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10 out of 10 people found the following review useful.
The definitive Dracula, 30 April 2011
Author: tomgillespie2002 from United Kingdom

One of the most iconic and popular characters in film history, Dracula has taken many forms, in many genres, and performed to various quality. Although not the first film to feature the character of Count Dracula (a couple of lost silent films and F.W. Murnau's unauthorised version Nosferatu came before), Bela Lugosi's portrayal of the menacing and seductive Count is commonly seen as the definitive.

The story is known to most – solicitor Renfield (Dwight Frye) arrives at Count Dracula castle at night, despite prior warnings by the nearby locals. He is greeted by Dracula, who, unknown to Renfield, is a vampire. Upon arrival, he pricks his finger, causing it to bleed which visibly excites Dracula until he spies the crucifix hanging around Renfield's neck. Renfield is drugged by Dracula and the two travel to London the next day by boat. When the ship arrives, only Renfield remains on the boat, now seemingly a lunatic and a slave to the Count. He is hospitalised while Dracula becomes entranced by a woman named Mina (Helen Chandler), who is engaged to John Harker (David Manners). As circumstances grow stranger, Professor Van Helsing (Edward Van Sloan) becomes convinced that the Count is indeed a vampire, and that he must be destroyed.

The film would be the beginning of a long run of successful horror movies made by Universal, which would be hits critically and commercially, and many are nowadays considered classics of the genre. Although falling short of the outright perfection of James Whale's Frankenstein (also 1931) and its sequel Bride Of Frankenstein (1935), Dracula still proves a great adaptation of Bram Stoker's novel. Lugosi's performance is the definitive Dracula, his minimal movements and slow, pronounced dialogue, spoken with his Hungarian accent proves an unnerving Count. I'm not forgetting Max Schrek's Nosferatu, while amazing for its sheer dedication, it was hardly the Dracula of the book.

Director Tod Browning, who up to the point of making Dracula had made over 50 feature films, controls the film superbly, and opts for slow, menacing darkness rather than loud jump scenes and special effects. It builds up the mood gradually, and with Lugosi's fantastic central performance, makes for an atmospheric experience. It's a pity that Browning would almost end his career the next year with the commercially disastrous Freaks, which I consider a true great of the horror genre.

It's just a shame that the film's final scene is rather soft and anti- climatic, jarring with the brilliance that came before. However, it remains an excellent film overall, and the film that would spawn many memorable films for Universal studious.

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