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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
Mother Riley Meets the Vampire was the last of a series of films in which actor Arthur Lucan starred in drag as Old Mother Riley. Lucan's character was an endearingly funny one and popular in the British Isles for a couple of generations. Only his death the following year prevented more films from being made.
For this final one Bela Lugosi plays the old woman's adversary, he's a mad scientist in this one who also fancies himself a vampire, he actually does sleep in a coffin for effect.
Bela as Count Dracula in Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein dabbled in some black science as well, but Bela played it quite serious there. He said though that A&C's spoof on horror films though it made a ton of money killed the classic horror genre which did not get revived until Hammer films started doing those again with a lot more gore.
Realizing it and also realizing that Arthur Lucan would probably dominate the whole film as he always did in his film, Lugosi hams it up to the hilt as the scientist. Bela really got into the spirit of the comedy, just like Charles Laughton did in Abbott&Costello Meet Captain Kidd. It's sad though because Lugosi showed a good gift for comedy and did not have to end his career with Ed Wood films.
Anyway the robot he was working on was shipped to Old Mother Riley's address in London and with his remote control device Lugosi attempts to get it back. Of course he gets Old Mother Riley with the robot and a couple of handfuls of trouble with the old biddy.
By the way watch what the old woman does to defeat this prototype of an invincible mechanical warrior. Pretty funny stuff. As is the film.
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