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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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Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)
Carlos Villarías ... Conde Drácula (as Carlos Villar)
Lupita Tovar ... Eva Seward
Barry Norton ... Juan Harker
Pablo Álvarez Rubio ... Renfield
Eduardo Arozamena ... Prof. Van Helsing
José Soriano Viosca ... Doctor Seward
Carmen Guerrero ... Lucía Weston
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)
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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 
 
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
 
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Additional Details

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:
Revealing mistakes: Like Bela Lugosi in the English version of Dracula (1931), Carlos Villarías wore a hair-piece that gave him a pronounced widow's peak. But unlike Lugosi, the toupee didn't rest well and is rather obvious in some shots.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 Nosferatu the Vampyre (1979)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?
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12 out of 13 people found the following review useful.
Villarias Bites, 11 June 2007
Author: gftbiloxi (gftbiloxi@yahoo.com) from Biloxi, Mississippi

Language was no barrier to Hollywood in the silent era: title cards were easily translated from English. When sound began to roar, Hollywood began to fear the loss of its foreign markets--and so, for a brief time, the studios occasionally produced two versions of certain films, one in English and one in another language, most often German or Spanish. Such was the case with the 1931 Dracula.

According to film historian and author David J. Skal, producer Paul Kohner fell in love with Mexican-born actress Lupita Tovar (they later married), and his romantic interest prompted the suggestion that she star in a Spanish-language version of the film. When the English language cast wrapped for the day, the Spanish language cast arrived and worked through the night using the same sets.

Most of Hollywood's foreign-language duplicates were forgotten as quickly as they were released, but the Spanish Dracula would be the exception. Todd Browning, who directed the English language film starring Bela Lugosi, was extremely uncomfortable with sound technology. While the first fifteen minutes or so his film are exceptional, the movie thereafter becomes a filmed stage play--and a very choppy and rather unimaginative stage play at that. Instead of simply duplicating Browning's set-ups, producer Kohner and director George Melford set out to best him, and when the Spanish version debuted most viewers declared it greatly superior to the English version.

And in many respects it is. Whereas Browning's version is visually flat and rather slow, the Spanish Dracula is visually exciting, and although it is considerably longer than the English version the pace never drags. It also has it all over the Browning version in terms of editing, and it has a cohesion the Browning version completely lacks. The supporting cast is also quite fine, with Lupita Tovar a standout, easily besting Helen Chandler's remarkably tiresome performance in the English version.

But the Spanish Dracula has a problem, and it's a big one: actor Carlos Villarias, billed here as Carlos Villar. Villarias had a respectable film career throughout the 1930s and 1940s, but he met his match in Dracula; where Lugosi intoned, snarled, and endowed the vampire with an elegant evil, Villarias goes through the film with a series of expressions that lead one to believe he has just encountered an overflowing toilet. His flaring nostrils and disgusted glances are so incredibly out of place that they quickly become unintentionally hilarious.

Lugosi's performance, of course, is generally considered the ultimate statement of the role, and with good reason. In a perfect world, we would be able to snatch Villarias out of the Spanish Dracula and insert Lugosi in his place; the result would be a truly amazing film from start to finish. As it is, however, we are stuck with Villarias, and frankly he bites.

The VHS release of the Spanish Dracula is out of print, but the film is available on the same disk with the Universal release of the more widely known Todd Browning version. By and large the film quality is remarkably good; it has not, however, received a digital remaster, and at least one of the reels would greatly benefit from it. If you are a fan of 1930s horror, you'll find it more than worth the effort, but I suspect more casual viewers will be reduced to hysterical laughter by the Villarias performance.

GFT, Amazon Reviewer

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