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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:
An underrated film See more (83 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Lionel Barrymore ... Professor
Elizabeth Allan ... Irena

Bela Lugosi ... Count Mora

Lionel Atwill ... Inspector Neumann

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

Donald Meek ... 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
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Eily Malyon ... Sick Woman (scenes deleted)
Patricia Reel
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 ... (uncredited) (unconfirmed)
Torben Meyer ... Card Player (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)
 
Crew verified as complete


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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:
Throughout the film, Count Mora (Bela Lugosi) has an unexplained bullet wound on his temple. In the original script, Count Mora was supposed to have had an incestuous relationship with his daughter Luna, and to have committed suicide. After filming began, however, MGM deleted references to the crime (and any remaining references may have been deleted when 20 minutes of footage was removed after the film's preview). Because director Tod Browning's previous film, Freaks (1932), had been a box office disaster, Browning was unable to object to any changes made by the studio.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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Movie Connections:
Edited into Mondo Lugosi (1987)See more »
Soundtrack:
Umrem UmremSee more »

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17 out of 17 people found the following review useful.
An underrated film, 22 February 2007

After the commercial failure of his controversial masterpiece "Freaks" in 1932, director Tod Browning found himself in serious problems to find new projects. Browning was a man of proved talent, being the director of some of the best silent films starring Lon Chaney as well as the mind behind the 1931 horror masterpiece "Dracula". However, "Freaks" proved to be too ahead of its time and sadly suffered the prejudices of audiences clearly unprepared for the tragic story of a midget in love with a full grown woman. In this state of disgrace, the studio rejected his projects and instead gave him the job of directing "Fast Workers", a melodrama with former silent superstar John Gilbert. Fortunately, luck was still on his side as in 1935 he was allowed to direct a remake of his successful silent "London After Midnight", a movie that would reunite Browning with Dracula himself: Bela Lugosi.

"Mark of the Vampire" is the story of the tragedy surrounding the wealthy Borotyn family. The patriarch, Sir Karell Borotyn (Holmes Herbert) has been murdered under mysterious circumstances, and soon everyone in town suspects it was the work of Count Mora (Bela Lugosi) and his daughter Luna (Carroll Borland), as these two deceased nobles are rumored to awake by night as vampires and wreak havoc in the small superstitious village. Inspector Neumann (Lionel Atwill) doesn't believe in this, as he suspects there is a more mundane motif for the murder of the rich old man, however, when Sir Karell's only daughter Irena (Elizabeth Allan) becomes the vampires' new target, Insp. Neumann will have to join forces with a strange scientist specialized in the occult, Prof. Zelin (Lionel Barrymore) to solve the mystery before someone else gets killed.

As written above, "Mark of the Vampire" is essentially a remake of the now lost classic "London After Midnight", although this time Browning enhances the horror elements of the story by focusing on the couple of vampires and their actions instead of the mystery of the plot. The story is pretty convoluted and very clever for its time, with a nice use of black humor (some even see it as a satire of horror films of it's time) and very surprising plot twists to keep the mystery a secret until the end. Sadly (and like always happened to Browning), the film suffered approximately 20 minutes of cuts by the studio, who disliked Browning's idea of incest as background for Count Mora among other things. Unable to fight the studio (as they were still mad at him for "Freaks"), Browning had to let them cut the film, leading to the creation of many plot holes in the already convoluted story, ultimately destroying most of its effect by enhancing its flaws.

As in most Browning's films, the power of the movie is in the haunting visuals conveyed by this master of silent films, images so powerful that in a way make up for the messed up and disjointed storyline. In fact (and like "Dracula"), most of the best scenes in "Mark of the Vampire" come when nobody talks and only the images are what carry the story. Taking his expressionist influences to the max, Browning makes the figure of the vampire to embody the ultimate vision of irresistible evil, as their unnatural shining in complete darkness makes them diabolically attractive. Browning always struggled with the use of sound, and this problem shows again in "Mark of the Vampire", although the high quality of his cast manage to improve Browning's direction in this "talkie".

Lionel Barrymore is very good as the eccentric Prof. Zelin, and while he receives some bash for giving an over-the-top performance, I think his acting is right on the money, as he is not a serious Van Helsing, his character seems to be wicked, almost as wicked as the monsters he fights, so his hammy touch is, in my opinion, very appropriate. Lionel Atwill shines as Insp. Neumann, bringing a sense of dignity to the film as the stoic hero who is forced to work with what he considers as superstitious fools in order to fulfill his mission. Borland and Luogsi are simply wonderful as the almost silent vampires, relaying mostly on gestures to convey their emotions. Jean Hersholt, Donald Meek and Ivan Simpson have nice turns in supporting roles, with Meek and Simpson delivering some nice comedy that seems to parody stereotypes of horror films of its time.

Sadly, the film (or what was left of it) suffers from many flaws that effectively make the brilliant parts of it look bad, leaving the final product as simply a slightly better than average 30s movie. Not only the cuts done by the studio ruined the storyline, as being honest, Browning's talent wasn't as fond of talkies as it was of silents. Browning was a genius of black comedy, but this skill couldn't translate well to sound movies and often his attempts of comedy look too over-the-top for the overall mood of the movie. To make things worse, the performances of Elizabeth Allan and Henry Wadsworth (the main romantic couple of the movie) are atrociously poor, paling in comparison to the work of the rest of the cast.

"Mark of the Vampire" is a very good film of Browning's short post-"Freaks" career, as despite being plagued by many problems, it still works as a nice tale of mystery and horror. It is definitely not the typical vampire movie, and a number of factors make me to be willing to believe that Browning intended this to be a satire than a proper horror (for example the fact that vampires are silent and humans are very talkative for example). While certainly not a masterpiece, it is a fine film to watch despite its troubled upbringing. 7/10

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This movie disappointed the hell out of me FilmKoala
Lionel Barrymore would have made a good Van Helsing, I think. FilmKoala
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