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Director:
Writers:
Eric Taylor (screenplay)
Curt Siodmak (original story)
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Release Date:
5 November 1943 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
Can You Take It? More Startling . . . More Blood-Curdling Than Anything You've Ever Seen! See more »
Plot:
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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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One of Universal's best See more (84 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)
Robert Paige ... Frank Stanley
Louise Allbritton ... Katherine Caldwell
Evelyn Ankers ... Claire Caldwell
Frank Craven ... Doctor Brewster
J. Edward Bromberg ... Professor 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

George Irving ... Colonel Caldwell

Lon Chaney Jr. ... Count Dracula (as Lon Chaney)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Charles Bates ... Tommy Land (uncredited)
Joan Blair ... Mrs. Land (uncredited)
Jess Lee Brooks ... Stephen, the Valet (uncredited)
Jimmy the Crow ... Madame Zimba's Crow (uncredited)
Cyril Delevanti ... Dr. Peters, the Coroner (uncredited)
Robert Dudley ... Jonathan Kirby, Justice of the Peace (uncredited)
Ben Erway ... Charlie - Train Conductor (uncredited)
Robert F. Hill ... Deputy Shooting at Frank (uncredited)
Sam McDaniel ... Andy, Servant Who Greets Dracula (uncredited)
George Meeker ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Charles R. Moore ... Matthew, Plantation Worker (uncredited)
Jack Rockwell ... Jack, Deputy (uncredited)
Walter Sande ... Mac, Deputy (uncredited)
Emmett Smith ... Servant (uncredited)

Directed by
Robert Siodmak 
 
Writing credits
Eric Taylor (screenplay)

Curt Siodmak (original story) (as Curtis Siodmak)

Produced by
Ford Beebe .... producer
Donald H. Brown .... associate producer
Jack J. Gross .... executive producer (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
Hans J. Salter (music score) (as H.J. Salter)
 
Cinematography by
George Robinson (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Saul A. Goodkind  (as Saul Goodkind)
 
Art Direction by
John B. Goodman (art direction)
Martin Obzina (art direction)
 
Set Decoration by
Russell A. Gausman (set decorations) (as R.A. Gausman)
Edward R. Robinson (set decorations) (as E.R. Robinson)
 
Costume Design by
Vera West (gowns)
 
Makeup Department
Emmy Eckhardt .... hair stylist (uncredited)
Jack P. Pierce .... special makeup effects artist (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Melville Shyer .... assistant director
Ford Beebe .... second unit director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Wally Kirkpatrick .... props (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Bernard B. Brown .... sound director
Charles Carroll .... sound technician
Edwin Wetzel .... sound (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
John P. Fulton .... special effects (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Walter Bluemel .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Max Nippell .... gaffer (uncredited)
Roland Smith .... grip (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Ann Fielder .... wardrober: women (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Carl Himm .... assistant cutter (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Werner R. Heymann .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Charles Previn .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Frank Skinner .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Mary Chaffee .... script clerk (uncredited)
 
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Runtime:
80 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Recording)
Certification:
Argentina:13 | Australia:PG | Brazil:10 | Finland:K-11 (2004) | Germany:12 | Spain:13 | Sweden:15 (original rating) | Sweden:7 (re-rating) | USA:Approved (PCA #9194)

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Trivia:
Lon Chaney Jr.'s only vampire characterization, filmed January 7-early February, 1943, and released November 5.See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: When Alucard/Dracula approaches the bedroom of Colonel Caldwell, and transforms from bat to man, both the bat and Lon Chaney Jr. can be seen reflected in a mirror hanging on the wall, which is a no-no in Universal vampire lore, as vampires cast no reflection. What's more, the actual animated transformation is not reflected; rather a jump-cut is seen in the mirror.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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16 out of 20 people found the following review useful.
One of Universal's best, 5 November 2001
Author: preppy-3 from United States

Count Alucard (Dracula spelled backwards) goes to Louisiana to make willing Louise Allbritton his bride. But she has other ideas up her sleeve.

Very atmospheric film starts slow but really picks up speed in the middle leading to a great, unexpected ending. Lon Chaney Jr. is (surprisingly) good as Alucard and the atmosphere is just beautiful...swamps drenched with fog and moss. Also Chaney plays Dracula NOT his son (despite the title). This was the first movie to use Alucard as an anagram for Dracula.

This was considered a lousy horror film for many years--most people complained that Chaney looked WAY too healthy to play an undead vampire and they found the plot slow. Now it's getting the recognition it deserves. A well-done, neglected little gem. And, again, the ending is GREAT!

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Lon Chaney Jr,, horrible jabortes
several great moments irishtom99
Prof. Lazlo and the Dr were extremely naive... Johnny_Shannow
Why I am very dissapointed theunbeholden
Mississippi, not Louisiana jarnoldfan
Film Noir done Transylvania Style sheeterbros
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