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Writers:
Bram Stoker (novel)
Baltasar Fernández Cué (Spanish adaptation)
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Plot:
At midnight on Walpurgis Night, an English clerk, Renfield, arrives at Count Dracula's castle in the Carpathian Mountains... See more » | Full synopsis »
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User Reviews:
Best horror movie of the period - period. See more (52 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)
Carlos Villarías ... Conde Drácula (as Carlos Villar)
Lupita Tovar ... Eva
Barry Norton ... Juan Harker
Pablo Álvarez Rubio ... Renfield
Eduardo Arozamena ... Van Helsing
José Soriano Viosca ... Doctor Seward
Carmen Guerrero ... Lucía
Amelia Senisterra ... Marta
Manuel Arbó ... Martín
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Geraldine Dvorak ... Bride of Dracula (in catacombs) (archive footage) (uncredited)

Bela Lugosi ... Conde Drácula (archive footage) (uncredited)
Cornelia Thaw ... Bride of Dracula (in catacombs) (archive footage) (uncredited)
Dorothy Tree ... Bride of Dracula (in catacombs) (archive footage) (uncredited)

Directed by
George Melford 
Enrique Tovar Ávalos (uncredited)
 
Writing credits
Bram Stoker (novel "Dracula")

Baltasar Fernández Cué (Spanish adaptation) (as B. Fernandez Cue)

John L. Balderston  play "Dracula" (uncredited)
Hamilton Deane  play "Dracula" (uncredited)
Garrett Fort  play script (uncredited)
Dudley Murphy  additional dialogue (uncredited)

Produced by
Paul Kohner .... associate producer
Carl Laemmle Jr. .... producer
 
Cinematography by
George Robinson (photography)
 
Film Editing by
Arthur Tavares  (as Arturo Tavares)
 
Art Direction by
Charles D. Hall 
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Charles S. Gould .... assistant director (uncredited)
Jay Marchant .... assistant director (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
C. Roy Hunter .... recording supervisor
 
Editorial Department
Maurice Pivar .... supervising editor
 
Music Department
Heinz Roemheld .... conductor (uncredited)
Heinz Roemheld .... music supervisor (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Carl Laemmle .... presenter
 
Crew believed to be complete


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Also Known As:
"Dracula, Spanish Version" - USA (DVD box title)
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Runtime:
104 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.20 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric System)
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Trivia:
This Spanish-language version was filmed on the same sets and at the same time as the English-language, Bela Lugosi version of Dracula (1931). The English-language version was filmed during the day, and the Spanish-language version was filmed at night.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: 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 »
Quotes:
Eva:[English subtitle] The next morning, I felt very weak as if I had lost my virginity.See more »
Movie Connections:
Version of Hay que matar a Drácula (1968) (TV)See more »
Soundtrack:
Swan Lake, Op.20See more »

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How is this film related to the other 1931 version, starring Bela Lugosi?
What are the main differences between this and the other 1931 version, starring Bela Lugosi?
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9 out of 12 people found the following review useful.
Best horror movie of the period - period., 19 December 2008
Author: (winner55) from United States

Let's get real: there are only two reasons the reputation of the original Dracula has remained intact into the 21st Century - Bela Lugosi's performance and as a monument to camp/nostalgia of a certain kind. In all other respects, it is at its best competent, in its worst moments dreadful. While admittedly atmospherically moody in design, it is ridiculously slow, and, with the exception of Lugosi, the acting is hilariously bad. Does Lugosi's strangely ethereal, other-worldly performance save the show. Yes; on the other hand, goth-nostalgia grows ever more wearisome as the years wear on.

Despite a legend perpetrated by Universal Studios itself, that the Spanish language version of the film produced simultaneously with the original was shot by shot the same with different actors, the Spanish Dracula is a completely different interpretation of the same script. The lighting is better, the camera work more fluid and more professionally handled, the editing is far more advanced - indeed the look of the film would put it in the early '40s if we didn't know better. Adding to this impression of being ahead of its time is the acting - naturalistic, emotive, performed by a cast with a considerable repertoire of facial expressions and vocal intonations at their disposal, most utterly believable.

Finally, there is the redefinition of just what the 'horror' of Dracula really amounts to. Lugosi's presence in the original is heightened by the portrayal of a British middle class environment that is hopelessly banal. Here, the environment is given a warmer glow, but the real horror of the vampire is that he is a beast in aristocratic disguise, seething with barely suppressed violence. Pay special attention to the ship voyage sequence: in the original this is mostly about a storm in which Lugosi stands literally unmoved by the rough waves battering the ship. In the Spanish version, the sequence is about the direct confrontation between the Count - hungry, gloating sneer on his face, crouched, about to pounce - and the unbelieving sailors, with a soundtrack provided by a truly frightening screech of laughter from the mad Renfield.

A note must also be made concerning the sexuality of the two films. The implicit sexuality of the original is really largely legend, derived almost solely from Lugosi's own impressively suave charisma. The makers of the Spanish version have not left the matter to the chance of casting - the women are thinly dressed, and Dracula's approach to them openly seductive - this especially becomes clear in one scene where Dracula steps between the heroine and her fiancé, utterly ignores the fiancé's presence and speaks to the heroine in the soothing, caring tones of a lover! I'm not saying the Spanish Dracula is anything more than a well made B-movie - but it is an exceptionally well made B-movie, probably the best of its era - a real classic that stands the test of time on the virtue of its rugged performance and professional polish.

Give honor to Lugosi's historic performance - but pay homage to a nearly lost masterwork of genre cinema, the Spanish language Dracula, 1931.

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