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Director:
Writers:
Guy Endore (screen play) and
Bernard Schubert (screen play)
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Release Date:
26 April 1935 (USA) See more »
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Plot:
When a nobleman is murdered, a professor of the occult blames vampires; but not all is what it seems. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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User Reviews:
Barrymore Stalks Lugosi See more (84 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Lionel Barrymore ... Professor Zelin
Elizabeth Allan ... Irena Borotyn

Bela Lugosi ... Count Mora

Lionel Atwill ... Inspector Neumann

Jean Hersholt ... Baron Otto
Henry Wadsworth ... Fedor Vincente

Donald Meek ... Dr. Doskil
Jessie Ralph ... Midwife (scenes deleted)
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 Borotyn
Michael Visaroff ... Innkeeper
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Eily Malyon ... Sick Woman (scenes deleted)
Guy Bellis ... Ronnie - Englishman at Inn (uncredited)
James Bradbury Jr. ... Fourth Vampire (uncredited)
Egon Brecher ... Coroner (uncredited)
Louise Emmons ... Gypsy Hag (uncredited)
John George ... Gypsy (uncredited)
Rosemary Glosz ... Innkeeper's Wife (uncredited)
Robert Greig ... Fat Man (uncredited)
Mrs. Lesovosky ... Old Woman at Inn (uncredited)
Jane Mercer ... Undetermined Minor Role (uncredited) (unconfirmed)
Torben Meyer ... Card Player (uncredited)
Patricia Reel ... Gypsy Child (uncredited)
Christian Rub ... Deaf Man at Inquest (uncredited)
Clare Verdera ... Englishwoman at Inn (uncredited)

Directed by
Tod Browning 
 
Writing credits
Guy Endore (screen play) and
Bernard Schubert (screen play)

John L. Balderston  contributing writer (uncredited)
Tod Browning  story "The Hypnotist" (uncredited)
H.S. Kraft  contributing writer (uncredited)
Samuel Ornitz  contributing writer (uncredited)

Produced by
Tod Browning .... producer (uncredited)
E.J. Mannix .... producer (uncredited)
 
Cinematography by
James Wong Howe (photographed by)
 
Film Editing by
Ben Lewis (film editor)
 
Art Direction by
Cedric Gibbons 
 
Costume Design by
Adrian (gowns)
 
Makeup Department
Jack Dawn .... makeup artist (uncredited)
William Tuttle .... assistant makeup artist (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Harry Sharrock .... assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Harry Oliver .... associate art director
Edwin B. Willis .... associate art director
 
Sound Department
Douglas Shearer .... recording director
G.A. Burns .... production sound mixer (uncredited)
James Graham .... sound effects editor (uncredited)
T.B. Hoffman .... sound effects editor (uncredited)
Michael Steinore .... sound effects editor (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Tom Tutwiler .... photographic effects camera (uncredited)
 
Visual Effects by
Warren Newcombe .... matte painter (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Clarence Sinclair Bull .... still photographer (uncredited)
Jimmy Rowe .... still photographer (uncredited)
Charles Salerno Jr. .... camera operator (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Bela Lugosi .... costumes: Count Mora (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Domenico Savino .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Edward Ward .... musical director (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Harry Sharrock .... stand-in: Carroll Borland (uncredited)
 
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Runtime:
60 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Sound System)
Certification:
Australia:PG | Canada:F (Ontario) | Netherlands:18 (original rating) (1935) | USA:Passed (National Board of Review) | USA:Approved (PCA #725) | USA:TV-14 (TV rating)

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Trivia:
Large South American bats were imported for the picture.See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: 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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Soundtrack:
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FAQ

How similar is this remake of "London After Midnight" to the original?
Doesn't Prof. Zelin appear in the story rather abruptly?
Is 'Mark of the Vampire' based on a book?
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30 out of 34 people found the following review useful.
Barrymore Stalks Lugosi, 29 May 2003
Author: Ron Oliver (revilorest@juno.com) from Forest Ranch, CA

The MARK OF THE VAMPIRE lies heavily upon the terrified inhabitants of a lonely European manor house.

In 1935 director Tod Browning set about the remaking of his 1927 silent Lon Chaney shocker LONDON AFTER MIDNIGHT. The final result was rather an odd film for the MGM roster, but it benefited by being given the Studio's first class production values and casting. It is a tremendously entertaining film to watch even now, full of chills & suspense.

However, at a running time of barely one hour it has been obviously heavily edited. This does not help the already ludicrous plot, many of whose elements simply do not make the slightest sense. It is perhaps just as well to enjoy what the film does have to offer and not to harp about the incongruities of the storyline. The ending will come as a surprise to many viewers - some will be delighted at the turn of events, others will feel betrayed at the final fadeout.

The cast is excellent. Lionel Barrymore is at his most eccentrically watchable as the elderly vampire stalker. And who could play the Undead better than Bela Lugosi? Although he speaks not a word until the final seconds of the film he is pure menace throughout, stalking along cobwebed corridors, associating with giant bats and radiating pure evil. Lionel Atwill as a stern police inspector and gentle Jean Hersholt as a befuddled baron complete the quartet of leading actors.

Elizabeth Allan is lovely as the menaced young lady, while Carol Borland is properly mysterious as Lugosi's vampiress. Various members of the supporting cast are allowed moments to shine - Donald Meek as the frightened local doctor; Ivan Simpson as the manor's old butler and Leila Bennett as a rather hysterical maid. Movie mavens will spot an unbilled Christian Rub as a deaf peasant at the coroner's inquest.

The film's editing sadly left several very fine character actors on the cutting room floor, including Robert Greig, Eily Maylon, Zeffie Tilbury & Jessie Ralph (whose name still appears in the credits).

James Wong Howe's excellent cinematography should be mentioned, as should also the creepy special effects which add immensely to the atmosphere.

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