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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 »
Genre:
Tagline:
Undead...yet living on the Kisses of Youth!
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:
Bit creaky and hammy but is still an enjoyable horror from the period See more (85 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 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 »
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:
Featured in Vincent Price's Dracula (1985)See more »
Soundtrack:
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18 out of 21 people found the following review useful.
Bit creaky and hammy but is still an enjoyable horror from the period, 13 January 2005
Author: bob the moo from United Kingdom

In a small village of Prague, dignitary Sir Karell Borotyn is found murdered and the police put it down to "unknown circumstances". The whole village knows the cause though and the consensus of opinion is that he was killed by the legendary vampire Count Mora. This belief is dismissed by the authorities but seems to be backed up when Mora appears to Borotyn's daughter Irena. Enter Professor Zelen, who plans to save Irena and bring an end to the rule of terror that Mora has brought to the village.

I have been watching several horrors from the first half of the last century recently mainly because I am tired of the "shock 'em with gore" school of thought that seems to have replaced atmosphere and creepy direction that should always make up a part of a horror film. With this film the story is actually quite interesting, albeit based on the usual "vampire hunter" storyline but it still works and has a certain amount of mystery to it. This is supported by a good sense of atmosphere and period – not just all dark shadows and so on but a feeling that this is a real place and that the evil is only a few steps away at any time; hard to describe but it looks good. Of course it is dated and modern horror fans will scoff at it, but it does have some genuinely unsettling moments and the slow movement of Mora and the zombie-ish Luna is effectively used once or twice – it was only a shame that they had surprisingly little actual time on screen.

The cast are impressive on paper and they do a good job on screen. Lugosi may just be doing his usual stuff in a supporting role but both he and the Count are probably the main draw to this film and he provides his usual ham with relish. Likewise the rest of the cast overact a bit but it suits the film and works pretty well since this film doesn't seem to be taking itself too seriously. Barrymore is good and is well supported by Allan, Atwill and Borland. They all play it up a bit and it works without taking away from the creepy atmosphere.

Overall it is hardly the most frightening thing you'll ever see, nor does it even come comes but it is still enjoyable and a little creepy if you meet it on its terms rather than with a modern eye. It is creaky and you might get a laugh out of it but viewed as a film it has enough going for it to stand up with some of the more "classic" horrors of the period.

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