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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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"Put it out!" See more (81 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:
The idea of Dracula confounding everyone by spelling his name backwards as Alucard, has become a running gag in various book and movie interpretations of the character.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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14 out of 14 people found the following review useful.
"Put it out!", 11 August 2006
Author: dr_foreman from Brooklyn, NY

I thought "Son of Dracula" was the pits when I was a kid. I simply found it slow and tedious and lacking in the kind of mesmeric atmosphere that makes the best vampire entertainment really tick. But, reviewing the film recently, I found myself enjoying it thoroughly. Go figure...

It's still no masterpiece, of course. Shoehorning Count Alucard/Dracula into a Louisiana swamp-and-plantation setting has always struck me as a weird and arbitrary move. (Though Dracula does get some interesting dialog about how he's attracted to America because it's a youthful and vigorous land.) And the human protagonists are too drippy for my tastes. The supposed hero is Frank Stanley, but his character is too thinly developed to be truly sympathetic. In fact, in an early scene he expresses a sort of jerky glee when the local voodoo woman drops dead of a heart attack, so I suppose you could say he's aggressively unsympathetic!

As usual, the vampires stand head and shoulders above the boring humans. Some people are critical of Chaney's performance, but I think he's pretty good. He's definitely a different sort of vampire from Lugosi - he's less ethereal, and more aggressively powerful. You could say he foreshadows Christopher Lee's forceful portrayal of Dracula in the 1950s-70s films from England's Hammer Studios. Louise Allbritton is even more effective in her role as the female vampire, and, in an interesting twist, she's allowed to have a set of motivations and ambitions that are totally different from Dracula's. In fact, in many ways she's the main character.

In the end, then, I think this movie stacks up pretty well to other films in the Universal series. It's not as eerie as "Dracula" or "Dracula's Daughter," probably because it's a more modern and technologically advanced film. (The primitiveness of the early entries in the series actually makes them scarier!) But it's certainly easier to watch than its predecessors, thanks to its more glossy look, full music score and occasional nifty special effects. You gotta love that mist stuff...

On a side note, I do think that Cheney is playing Dracula's son, and not the original Dracula himself. I'm surprised to see so much controversy about that point on this site. The film is called "Son of Dracula," after all, and J. Edward Bromberg identifies Alucard as a "descendant" of Dracula. Sure, Alucard admits to being a "Dracula" at one point, but not necessarily THE Dracula. As father and son, they would have the same surname - right? Oh, never mind, this is giving me a headache!

One more odd matter of continuity. Bromberg's character says at one point that Dracula was destroyed "in the 19th century." But, since the Universal films had a contemporary setting, wasn't he destroyed in the 20th century in this particular universe? Just thought I'd mention that.

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