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Dracula (1931) Poster

(1931)

Goofs

Character error 

When Dracula's brides converge on Renfield after he has passed out, Dracula enters and motions them away. As they are walking backwards, one bride steps on another bride's dress causing one bride to "catch" another. It is possible that she may have stepped on her own dress.
Dr. Seward threatens to have Renfield confined in a "strait-jacket". Although this is probably a translation convention for the American audience rather than an unintentional slip, a British doctor would say "strait-waistcoat," which is what he says in Bram Stoker's novel and other filmed enactions of this scene.

Continuity 

When Dracula is asking if Renfield has kept his trip to Transylvania secret, Renfield's valise jumps from Dracula's hands to the table. This is the result of a cut line.
When the innkeeper tells Renfield about Dracula, he holds his pipe in his left hand, except for one shot when it is in his right.
When the street doors of the London concert hall open to admit Dracula, the orchestra can be heard playing Franz Schubert's "Unfinished Symphony". But in the next shot, an instant later, they are playing the conclusion of the prelude to Richard Wagner's "Die Meistersinger".
After Renfield accidentally cuts his finger, his bed is seen turned down in the long shot. Although Dracula has not had the time to perform the courtesy.

Crew or equipment visible 

Pieces of cardboard placed on the lamps in bedrooms, apparently to shield lights for close-ups. It may have been intentional but no one in the cast ever notices.

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.

Factual errors 

On main title, Carl Laemmle's studio affiliation is listed as "Presient"
Joan Standing is wrongly credited as a maid, but she was actually playing the part of Briggs (a nurse). Moon Carroll played the uncredited part as a maid. She's the one who faints when Renfield is laughing very scary.

Revealing mistakes 

In the scene where Van Helsing is attempting to catch Dracula's lack of reflection in a mirror, there are visible chalk marks on the floor showing Bela Lugosi where to stand for the shot.
When the vampire bat hovers outside Lucy's window and flaps its wings, you can see the wires attached to the bat, pulling it up and down and causing the wings to flap.
When Renfield is killed, the sound of his body rolling down the steps reveals that they are actually made of wood and not stone.
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.

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