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Eric Taylor (screenplay)
Curt Siodmak (original story)
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Release Date:
5 November 1943 (USA) See more »
Can You Take It? More Startling . . . More Blood-Curdling Than Anything You've Ever Seen! See more »
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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Brilliant sequel to Universal's classic! See more (86 total) »


  (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)
Crew verified as complete

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80 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Recording)
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)

Did You Know?

In the film, the vampires never display any fangs. Mexico's Germán Robles became the first actor to show fangs as a vampire, in El vampiro (1957), shortly before the British Hammer Studios' first Horror of Dracula (1958).See more »
Boom mic visible: When Frank leaves the house to go riding, he passes a window, in which the boom mic is momentarily reflected.See more »
[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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24 out of 27 people found the following review useful.
Brilliant sequel to Universal's classic!, 15 August 2006

Producer Carl Laemmle Jr changed history of horror cinema when he hired director Tod Browning to make the first official adaptation to Bram Stoker's classic novel "Dracula". This was the beginning of Universal Studios' tradition of Gothic horror that reigned triumphant through the 30s and early 40s. Robert Siodmak's "Son of Dracula", an alternative sequel (it doesn't make any reference to the earlier "Dracula's Daughter") to Browning's classic, is probably the last classic in the long line of films Universal produced about the monsters they gave life in the 30s.

"Son of Dracula" takes place decades after the first film, when the Dracula's story is now considered a mere myth. The story begins with the arrival of Count Alucard (Lon Chaney Jr.) to America, as the mysterious Carpathian noble has been invited to the country by Katherine 'Kay' Caldwell (Louise Allbritton), a young rich woman with a morbid interest for the supernatural. Soon Kay finds herself in love with the strange Count, something that worries her boyfriend Frank (Robert Paige) and family's friend Prof. Brewster (Frank Craven), as they suspect that there's something wrong with the strange foreigner.

Director of many B-Movies before this job, Robert Siodmak would become Universal's most important exponent of the noir style and "Son of Dracula" definitely forecasts his brilliant future in the genre. The film shows his great talent to combine haunting and atmospheric visuals with a great screenplay (by his brother, Curt Siodmak), and it moves away from the series' roots in German Expressionism to what would be called Film Noir, creating what seems to be the missing link between Universal's horror films and their subsequent Noir movies.

While Robert Siodmak's talent is almost unquestionable, the films owes a lot of its success to Curt Siodmak's cleverly written script. Just like in his previous "The Wolf Man", the story is charged with a dark pessimistic feeling of dread that gives the film a unique feeling (contrary to most Universal horrors, there's almost no comedy) that rather than making the film dull or boring it enhances its captivating charm. With clever plot twists and a good dose of suspense, Siodmak's plot also feels like horror themed hard-boiled fiction.

Many has been written about Siodmak's choice of Lon Chaney Jr. to play the Count's descendant, but while there's no doubt that he was not the best choice for the role, he wasn't really too bad in it. Sure, Chaney's appearance suits better the bulkier monsters but he gets the job done and his sad face suits the dark theme of deception the movie has. Robert Paige as the film's "hero" (for lack of a better word) is very effective and his usual co-star Louise Allbritton makes a great femme fatal. Frank Craven and J. Edward Bromberg are brilliant as the vampire hunters and it could be said that despite the miscast of Chaney the whole cast makes a great job.

"Son of Dracula" is a top-notch film considering it was conceived as a B-movie. Robert Siodmak makes great use of his resources and the film rivals the first film in quality and overall composition. One of the better sequels of the Universal Studios' films, it's main flaw may be that those expecting a typical Universal horror may be disappointed by its dark Noir theme and its pessimistic tone.

Often forgotten among the many other films in the series (not unusual considering that the first two Frankenstein sequels were masterpieces), "Son of Dracula" is a worthy sequel to Browning's classic and definitely superior to the previous "Dracula's Daughter". A must see for fans of Robert Siodmak who will find the roots of his style deep in this film. 8/10

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