Drácula (1931)

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Centuries-old vampire Dracula preys upon the innocent Eva and her friends.


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Complete credited cast:
Carlos Villarías ...
Conde Drácula (as Carlos Villar)
Lupita Tovar ...
Pablo Álvarez Rubio ...
Eduardo Arozamena ...
José Soriano Viosca ...
Carmen Guerrero ...
Amelia Senisterra ...
Manuel Arbó ...


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Release Date:

24 April 1931 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Dracula, Spanish Version  »

Box Office


$66,000 (estimated)

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(Western Electric System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
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When this film was released on DVD in 2004 as part of the "Dracula: Legacy Collection", it included closed captions for the hearing impaired, but did not contain the straight English subtitles. Universal answered buyers' complaints by telling them to simply select the "closed captions". See more »


When Dracula first enters Lucy's bedroom in the guise of a bat the long shot shows her looking away from the window towards the viewer. The next shot from the window shows her looking towards the window. See more »


Eva: [English subtitle] The next morning, I felt very weak as if I had lost my virginity.
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Better than the English version?
9 April 2003 | by (Caracas, Venezuela) – See all my reviews

I have read most of the comments on the spanish version of Dracula, and I have two hypotheses as to why can anyone say this is a better version than Browning's: 1.- YOU'VE BEEN INFLUENCED BY THE INTRODUCTORY DOCUMENTARY IN THE DVD VERSION - I also saw the documentary and was very excited to hear that this version was better and I can almost say that I was looking at it with the intention of finding the better version no matter what reality said, but the movie was definitely NOT better than the Browning's version. 2.- YOU DON'T SPEAK SPANISH - Folks, if you spoke spanish, believe me!!! you would understand how BAD this version is. It is so badly spoken (i hope not as bad as my english ;-) ) and so KITSCH!!!! it is incredible that anyone can say this is a good version.

Having said this, I would like to comment on the film: Perhaps there is one or two scenes better directed if by "better directed" you mean a better use of film language (i.e. the "Children of the night" scene), but in general Browning's Dracula remains a classical version for a good reason: it is better. The acting is so bad that it becomes very difficult to see through it a good directing... but directing means not only moving the camera, but also to direct people, and in that sense this movie fails miserably. I am very sorry I am so blunt, but I feel I need to shake you all in order to wake you up.

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