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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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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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26 April 1935 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Vampires of Prague  »

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

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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 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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Featured in The Fallen Vampire (2007) See more »

Soundtracks

Beseda
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Traditional
Arranged by Jack Virgil
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A "Different" Kind of Vampire movie
29 May 1999 | by (S. Bound Brook, NJ) – See all my reviews

There are some excellent scenes in this film -- when the Prof peers in the window & sees Carole Borland "landing" -- very surrealistic! Also, when the father & Bela are in the cemetery, motionlessly watching the people looking into the crypt -- creepy sound effects!

Also, Donald Meek is excellent as the superstitious doctor.

What's wrong with it is that you hardly ever see Lugosi, and Lionell Barrymore REALLY hams it up in the "Van Helsing" role! He moves & speaks so slowly, so deliberately, that one would think that HE'S of the Undead, too! He tries for a dramatic effect, but fails miserably.

You may notice the (bullet) wound in Bela's temple; the original storyline had him killed for having an incestuous relationship with his daughter (Borland). That whole scenerio was cut from the film.

Even so, this a VERY "odd" & interesting "vampire" film; must see!

Norm had Lug


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