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The Return of Dracula (1958)

PG | | Drama, Horror, Mystery | April 1958 (USA)
After a vampire leaves his native Balkans, he murders a Czech artist, assumes his identity, and moves in with the dead man's American cousins.

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Rachel Mayberry
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Tim Hansen
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John Merriman
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Jennie Blake
Gage Clarke ...
Reverend Doctor Whitfield
Jimmy Baird ...
Mickey Mayberry
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Cora Mayberry
Enid Yousen ...
Frieda
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Storyline

Count Dracula kills a passenger on a train in Transylvania and assumes his identity. He travels to a small community in California where the Mayberrys are expecting their cousin from Europe. His strange behavior, sleeping all day and going out at night are surprising to young miss Rachel Mayberry. A policeman from Europe comes to investigate while Rachel's best friend Jenny dies unexpectedly. And the count plans on giving Rachel the gift of eternal life... Written by Mattias Thuresson

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The most terrifying name in the history of the world now gives you the most horrifying thrill in the history of motion pictures! See more »


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Rated PG for images of vampire violence | See all certifications »

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Curse of Dracula  »

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$125,000 (estimated)
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(Westrex Recording System)

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The original theatrical release prints contained a brief shot, lasting several seconds, that was in color. When the stake is driven into Jennie's heart, there is a close-up of bright red blood spurting from the wound. The approximately three foot section of color film was manually spliced into the black and white prints. See more »

Goofs

Before Meiermann interviews Doctor Rev. Whitfield,there is an establishing shot of the front of the residence where they meet. The sign that hangs outside indicates that the house belongs to Dr. Paul Beecher, Phyisican Surgeon, but there is no Dr. Paul Beecher in "The Return of Dracula." Instead, the same people who made "The Return of Dracula" had previously made "The Vampire" where Dr. Paul Beecher was the protagonist. The shot is up momentarily, but it is clearly a shot from "The Vampire." See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
narrator: It is a known fact that there existed in Central Europe a Count Dracula. Though human in appearance and cultured in manner, he was in truth a thing undead... a force of evil... a vampire. Feeding on the blood of innocent people, he turned them into his own kind, thus spreading his evil dominion ever wider. The attempts to find and destroy this evil were never proven fully successful, and so the search continues to this very day.
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Featured in Svengoolie: The Return of Dracula (1995) See more »

Soundtracks

DIES IRAE
(from Gregorian Chants)
Arranged by Gerald Fried
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Hitchcock Meets Dracula
29 December 2002 | by (West Hollywood, CA) – See all my reviews

Indeed this is a vampiric version of SHADOW OF A DOUBT. Nonetheless it is a fun romp and a tremendous performance by Francis Lederer as Count Dracula who has assumed the identity of Belloq Gordal, a Hungarian visiting his Southern California family. There is a wonderful "Dies Irae" score by Gerald Fried and excellent performances and atmosphere throughout. There is a color insert shot of the staking of a vampire woman that is also fun. This film is another in the Fifties canon of cult horror which deserves classic status of sorts. One can almost imagine Joseph Cotten in the titular role, though. The comparison between this film and SHADOW will be obvious, but who cares?


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