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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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Professor Zelin
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Irena Borotyn
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Count Mora
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Inspector Neumann
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Baron Otto
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Fedor Vincente
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Dr. Doskil
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Midwife
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Jan (as Ivan Simpson)
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Chauffeur
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Maria
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Annie
Carroll Borland ...
Luna (as Carol Borland)
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Sir Karell Borotyn
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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Undead...yet living on the Kisses of Youth!

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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

This film's initial telecast in Los Angeles took place Monday 27 January 1958 on KTTV (Channel 11), followed by Philadelphia 1 May 1958 on WFIL (Channel 6), by New York City 20 July 1958 on WCBS (Channel 2), and, finally by San Francisco 30 October 1959 on KGO (Channel 7). See more »

Goofs

Count Mora transforms from a bat into a man. If he is just an actor, he should not be able to do this. 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

Beseda
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Traditional
Arranged by Jack Virgil
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One of the Best Supernatural Films
28 March 2005 | by (Beltsville, Maryland) – See all my reviews

This was one of the best vampire films of the classic black-and-white era. Essentially a composite remake of "Dracula" and an earlier film called "London After Midnight" with some bizarre twists, in terms of ghoulish settings and atmosphere, particularly the cemetery scenes, and Lugosi and Borland wandering in the night, this film is second to none. There is no doubt that Bela Lugosi was the classic Dracula of the early sound period. If I were to make a list of his best 10 films, this would be one of them along with the 1931 "Dracula", the 1943 "Return of the Vampire", the 1940 "The Devil Bat" and others. Carol Borland's role as "Luna"sets the standard for "Vampira" of the 1950s and "Elvira" of the 1980s as well as "Morticia" of the Addams Family on TV. She does an excellent job in the role of a "creature of the night". And of course, Bela Lugosi as Count Mora is without peer. The entire cast including Lionel Barrymore, Lionel Atwill, Elizabeth Allen, Jean Hersholt, and others do an excellent job.

10/10.

Dan Basinger


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