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Mark of the Vampire (1935)

Passed  -  Horror | Mystery  -  26 April 1935 (USA)
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When a nobleman is murdered, a professor of the occult blames vampires; but not all is what it seems.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Professor
Elizabeth Allan ...
Irena
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Count Mora
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Inspector Neumann
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Baron Otto
Henry Wadsworth ...
Fedor
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Dr. Doskil
Jessie Ralph ...
Midwife
Ivan F. Simpson ...
Jan (as Ivan Simpson)
Franklyn Ardell ...
Chauffeur
Leila Bennett ...
Maria
June Gittelson ...
Annie
Carroll Borland ...
Luna (as Carol Borland)
Holmes Herbert ...
Sir Karell
Michael Visaroff ...
Innkeeper
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Storyline

After Sir Karell Borotin is found dead in his study, drained of his blood, the local doctor determines that he was killed by a vampire. The coroner and police Inspector Neumann dismiss the suggestion but a year later, Sir Karell's daughter is attacked and bite marks are found on her throat. Neumann calls in the eminent Professor Zelin who thinks the story of vampires is true. The locals are convinced that Count Mora and his daughter Luna are the perpetrators of the crime, creatures of the night that can turn themselves into bats. There may be another solution however and the Professor sets a trap. Written by garykmcd

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Horror | Mystery

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Release Date:

26 April 1935 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Vampires of Prague  »

Box Office

Budget:

$305,177 (estimated)
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(Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Throughout the film, Count Mora (Bela Lugosi) has an unexplained bullet wound on his temple. In the original script, Count Mora was supposed to have had an incestuous relationship with his daughter Luna, and to have committed suicide. After filming began, however, MGM deleted references to the crime (and any remaining references may have been deleted when 20 minutes of footage was removed after the film's preview). Because director Tod Browning's previous film, Freaks (1932), had been a box office disaster, Browning was unable to object to any changes made by the studio. See more »

Goofs

When Luna is walking in the foggy night, her head hits some of the fibers simulating the fog and lifts most of the misty background that surrounds her. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Innkeeper: I'm sorry gentleman and lady, but it will be best for you to stay here tonight.
Ronnie - Englishman at Inn: Come now, my good man. You can't frighten us. We've been over your foul roads before.
Innkeeper: Please, you do not understand. It is not the road. It is the darkness. Here, our doors are protected with bat thorns.
Ronnie's Wife: What is with all this bat thorn business?
Innkeeper: It keeps them out. They're afraid of it, the demons of the castle.
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Connections

Edited into Histoire(s) du cinéma: Une histoire seule (1989) See more »

Soundtracks

Beseda
(uncredited)
Traditional
Arranged by Jack Virgil
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Delightful!
4 January 2003 | by (New York, NY) – See all my reviews

I haven't seen this film in quite a while but I found it very satisfying. I take issue with those especially who disliked the ending which I found absolutely right. Yes, Lionel gives his usual scenery-chewing performance as the "Von Helsing" character but it seems appropriate here.

*** out of ****


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