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The Return of the Vampire (1943)

Not Rated | | Drama, Horror | 11 November 1943 (USA)
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When an errant bomb unearths the coffin of a vampire during the London Blitz, a gravedigger unknowingly reanimates the monster by removing the stake from his heart



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Complete credited cast:
Ottola Nesmith ...
Elsa Walter - Governess
Dr. Walter Saunders
Leslie Denison ...
Detective Lynch
William Austin ...


In 1918, an English family are terrorized by a vampire, until they learn how to deal with it. They think their troubles are over, but German bombs in WWII free the monster. He reclaims the soul of his wolfman ex-servant, and assuming the identity of a scientist who has just escaped from a concentration camp, he starts out on a plan to get revenge upon the family. Written by Ken Yousten <kyousten@bev.net>

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Drama | Horror


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Release Date:

11 November 1943 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Vampires of London  »

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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The text of Tesla's book as shown is: "THE SUPERNATURAL AND ITS MANIFESTATIONS By Dr. Armand Tesla. From the beginning of time, man has been troubled by the uncertainty of death and by the rare and horrible manifestations which occur at intervals in which the dead are known to return from their grave. Such people are known as vampires or werewolves. Scientific men throughout the ages have endeavored to delve into the mystery that has baffled them The most ancient writings have mentioned this strange phenomenon and it has always left the writer baffled. It is a known certainty that these beings do return to earth and have been known to attack humans. They have at times left horrible marks of their visits. The victim of such an attack by the un-dead insists upon the memory of a horrible dream, or nightmare. In addition, there are lacerations about the size of pin-pricks, on the throat and an almost total absence of blood in the body. They strike with such suddenness that it has been impossible to locate their coming and going and it is usually a case of sudden death to the unfortunate victim. Some tribes have recorded the visits of these beings and scientific research has revealed them to be beyond the realm of superstition. From the beginning of time..." (text begins repeating at this point.) See more »


When Nina Foch is introduced to Lugosi, she is the granddaughter of Dr Saunders (Uncredited Gilbert Emery) and Lugosi comments on having met her grandfather. The next time they meet - Lugosi summons from sleep, she asks why he summoned her - he says 'you read your FATHER's manuscript'. In the prior scene he acknowledged that her grandfather was Dr Saunders but in the next scene refers to his notes as written by her father. See more »


Horace: [Looking at all the bodies unearthed in the cemetery by the bomb] Blimey! Look at this! It's getting so it ain't even safe to be dead!
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Interesting take on Vampire movie genre
18 June 1999 | by (West Virginia) – See all my reviews

I really enjoyed this movie. It was unique in that the Vampire had a werewolf as his assistant. This werewolf wears a suit, talks, smiles and, in general, acts like a normal human being. The movie was basically a sequel to Dracula but the vampire played by Bela Lugosi could not use the name Dracula because this was a Columbia picture and Universal Studios had the legal rights to the Dracula character. But, it was still Lugosi at his scary, pompous best.

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