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Son of Dracula (1943)

 -  Horror  -  5 November 1943 (USA)
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Count Alucard (read his name backwards) finds his way from Budapest to the swamps of the Deep South; his four nemeses are a medical doctor, a university professor, a jilted fiancé and the woman he loves.

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Robert Paige ...
Frank Stanley
Louise Allbritton ...
Evelyn Ankers ...
Claire Caldwell
Frank Craven ...
Dr. Harry Brewster
J. Edward Bromberg ...
Prof. Lazlo
Samuel S. Hinds ...
Judge Simmons
Adeline De Walt Reynolds ...
Madame Zimba (as Adeline DeWalt Reynolds)
Pat Moriarity ...
Sheriff Dawes (as Patrick Moriarity)
Etta McDaniel ...
Sarah
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Col. Caldwell
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Count Alucard finds his way from Budapest to the swamps of the Deep South after meeting Katherine Caldwell, of the moneyed Caldwell clan that runs a plantation called Dark Oaks. She's obsessed with occult matters. Who better to guide her through this supernatural world than Count Alucard, whose name no one bothers to spell backwards? No one, that is, except the wily Dr. Brewster, an old family friend. He'll join Professor Lazlo, a specialist in the occult, in fighting this "Alucard" and the woman he's influenced. Or has Katherine influenced him? Meanwhile, Katherine's fiancé, Frank Stanley, will find his courage and his sanity sorely tested when he accidentally shoots Katherine to death, yet finds that she goes on living. Written by J. Spurlin

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count | dracula | professor | swamp | occult | See more »

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Chill and Thrill to Dracula's Curse! See more »

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Horror

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5 November 1943 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Destiny  »

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(Western Electric Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Lon Chaney Jr. is the first "Dracula" to display great physical strength on screen. See more »

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This film does not take place in the same continuity as Dracula and Dracula's Daughter. Dracula's back-story in the film follows the Bram Stoker novel rather than any earlier film. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Harry [townsman bit]: How are ya, doctor?
Prof. Harry Brewster: Hi, Harry.
Frank Stanley: Hey, Charlie!
Charlie, station agent: Hello Dr. Brewster, Mr. Stanley.
Frank Stanley: How are ya. Say, uh, those all the passengers you have?
Charlie, station agent: Just the four.
Prof. Harry Brewster: You didn't put anyone off at the wrong station, did you? We're here to meet a friend of the Caldwells, a Count Alucard.
Charlie, station agent: There was no Count on this train. All customers. Say - there was a lot of stuff in the baggage car that might belong to your Count.
Prof. Harry Brewster: Thanks, we'll take a look at it.
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A Classic Of Its Kind !
1 March 2003 | by (PA. Home Of The Blob) – See all my reviews

An incredibly atmospheric film! One of Chaney's best! Cinematography and direction are excellent! This was a third in the line of Dracula films for Universal. The story line does not take place in the Carpathian Mountains but in the deep south. Count Alucard arrives at his new destination seeking new blood! The six foot two and one half inch massive Lon Chaney Jr. strikes an imposing figure as Count Alucard, both brutal and powerful! Chaney makes a convincing member of the undead! Chaney was a major horror star at Universal, when he was making this film. He would become the fourth legendary horror king in American cinema after his father, Bela Lugosi, and Boris Karloff! All the actors are excellent. Louise Allbritton is very alluring and beautiful, as Katherine Caldwell Thirsting for knowledge about the undead! Her performance is also superb! Robert Paige is stand out in his performance as a man on the brink of madness, as he is slowing going insane! A truly incredible performance! The dark moodiness of the film transcends perfectly! There are many great atmospheric scenes to name just a few, when Chaney materializes on the top of a coffin, that has just risen out of the swamp, and when Allbritton passes though the bars to see Paige. The misty vapor that leaves the coffin and transforms into a bat! And the transformatiom scenes from man into bat are excellent! The film has some film noir overtones, director Robert Siodmak, went on to do the incredible film noir classic (THE KILLERS).The incredible ending is one of the best in Universal horror! This film is a truly underrated classic!


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