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


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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Undead...yet living on the Kisses of Youth!


Horror | Mystery


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Release Date:

26 April 1935 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Vampires of Prague  »

Box Office


$305,177 (estimated)

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


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 »


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 »


[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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Edited into Histoire(s) du cinéma: Toutes les histoires (1988) See more »


Umrem Umrem
Music by Jack Virgil
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almost as good as Dracula
12 October 2003 | by (Mississippi, United States) – See all my reviews

Well this film is well acted and well directed. I've came to the conclusion that Tom Browning is a brilliant director. If he had the resources of today's crappy directors there's no telling what this man could've accomplished. It's sad that a man this talented made such few films. This is moody, atmospheric, and has a knockout ending. You won't see it coming. Great "vampire" movie has a cast that isn't cold and entertain you throughout. A great film.

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