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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)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The film marks one of the first known examples of the 'cat scare', a horror film trope in which there is a strong build up of tension followed by a scare from a harmless cat. This occurs early in the film when Dr. Doskil and Jan are frightened by a cat hiding in a suit of armor. See more »

Goofs

When the professor first tries to hypnotize Baron Otto, there is a reflection of the candle he is holding which cannot be explained. 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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Soundtracks

Umrem Umrem
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Music by Jack Virgil
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User Reviews

Trippy vampire tale with a twist.
12 November 2003 | by (Sacramento, CA) – See all my reviews

Tod Browning's return to the genre that made him famous brings along Bela Lugosi to reprise his role as a sinister Count. This vampiric tale is mixed in with a murder mystery. I found the end results to be very weird, unusual and entertaining. What I thought was going to be a routine horror story has a very funny twist. To give it away would be telling. If you're in the mood for something different then by all means watch.

Recommended.

B+


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