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Mark of the Vampire (1935)

When a nobleman is murdered, a professor of the occult blames vampires; but not all is what it seems.



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Airs Mon. Oct. 31, 6:00 AM on TCM

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Professor Zelin
Irena Borotyn
Count Mora
Inspector Neumann
Baron Otto
Henry Wadsworth ...
Fedor Vincente
Dr. Doskil
Ivan F. Simpson ...
Jan (as Ivan Simpson)
Leila Bennett ...
June Gittelson ...
Carroll Borland ...
Luna (as Carol Borland)
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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


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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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


The re-releases in Spain was in Madrid (Círculo de Bellas Artes) and Barcelona. Was only in subtitled version. See more »


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 »


[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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Arranged by Jack Virgil
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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.



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