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Vampire Over London (1952)
"Old Mother Riley Meets the Vampire" (original title)

Not Rated  |   |  Comedy, Horror  |  1952 (USA)
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The mysterious figure known as the Vampire comes to England to complete experiments in his mad bid to gain control of the world. When the radar-controlled Robot which he had ordered shipped... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Arthur Lucan ...
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Tilly
Philip Leaver ...
Anton Daschomb
Richard Wattis ...
PC Freddie
Graham Moffatt ...
The Yokel (as Graham Moffat)
María Mercedes ...
Julia Loretti (as Maria Mercedes)
Roderick Lovell ...
Douglas
David Hurst ...
Mugsy
Judith Furse ...
Freda
Ian Wilson ...
Hitchcock - the butler
Hattie Jacques ...
Mrs. Jenks
Dandy Nichols ...
Mrs. Mott
George Benson ...
Police Sergeant
Bill Shine ...
Mugsy's Assistant
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The mysterious figure known as the Vampire comes to England to complete experiments in his mad bid to gain control of the world. When the radar-controlled Robot which he had ordered shipped to him is delivered instead to Mother Riley, the Vampire, through radar control, has the Robot transport itself as well as Mother Riley to the proper destination...as the old lady goes into a whirl of side-splitting action in a determined effort to frustrate the plans of the sinister Vampire. Written by alfiehitchie

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Mother Riley Meets the Vampire  »

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Trivia

After this film's completion, the costume of the Vampire's robot was put on display in the foyer of a Birmingham cinema. Years later, the costume wound up in a private collection in England for 20 years, before it was auctioned (minus the glass dome on its head) and sold for £1,680 at Bonhams of London, on December of 2010. See more »

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During the climactic chase, when Mother Riley is riding the motorcycle, the rod and wire that lifts her hat is clearly visible. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Mugsy: There she is.
Anton Daschomb: Turn the car on.
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Referenced in The Blob (1958) See more »

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My Son, the Vampire
(Prologue to US release only)
Written by Allan Sherman
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Bela Lugosi and Old Mother Riley - a PERFECT team!!
29 May 2014 | by (Greece) – See all my reviews

Being a real Bela Lugosi fanatic, I just 'stumbled' into this movie by pure coincidence - I didn't even know that it was one of Arthur Lucan's 'Old Mother Riley' vehicles, of which I'd only heard so far, nor that it was the last one of this long-running (and I'm sure, tremendously funny) film series; so, simply following the label 'starring Bela Lugosi', I got mixed up, just like 'Old Mother Riley' did in this adventure, in one of the most HILARIOUS British comedies I've ever seen, with the humor certainly at its MOST British - in the most positive sense!

An absolutely outrageous story about a mad scientist who believes he is a vampire and wants to rule the world with an army of robots, and the permanently broke old shop owner 'Mrs. Riley', whom some crazy twists of fate bring together - from here on, you can just STOP thinking, and start enjoying the slapstick-like chase scenes, the wonderful displays of Arthur Lucan's GREAT comical talent - and a really TOTALLY 'unknown' Bela Lugosi, who seems to feel ABSOLUTELY at ease with all that nonsense, and obviously has got a great lot of fun with deliberately overplaying his well-known 'mad scientist' image! (NO comparison at all with the entirely unfunny Hollywood 'comedy' he did - or maybe HAD to do, for financial reasons - the same year called "Bela Lugosi Meets a Brooklyn Gorilla"...)

Of course, this movie DOES require a good sense of (British) humor; but I'm sure that EVERY fan of horror classics, and especially of Bela Lugosi, who is equipped with a little bit of said sense of humor will LOVE this crazy spoof - and will be wanting to see more of those hilarious 'Old Mother Riley' films!


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