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Director:
Writers:
Jimmy Sangster (screenplay) &
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Release Date:
5 September 1960 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
He Turned Innocent Beauty Into Unspeakable Horror. See more »
Plot:
Vampire hunter Van Helsing returns to Transylvania to destroy handsome bloodsucker Baron Meinster, who has designs on beautiful young schoolteacher Marianne. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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I now pronounce you vamp and wife. See more (87 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Peter Cushing ... Dr. J. Van Helsing
Martita Hunt ... Baroness Meinster
Yvonne Monlaur ... Marianne Danielle
Freda Jackson ... Greta
David Peel ... Baron Meinster
Miles Malleson ... Dr. Tobler
Henry Oscar ... Herr Otto Lang
Mona Washbourne ... Frau Helga Lang
Andree Melly ... Gina
Victor Brooks ... Hans, a Villager
Fred Johnson ... The Cure, Father Stepnik
Michael Ripper ... Coachman
Norman Pierce ... Johann, Landlord
Vera Cook ... Landlord's Wife
Marie Devereux ... Village Girl (as Marie Deveruex)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Susan Castle ... Elsa, School Maid (uncredited)
Michael Mulcaster ... Latour, The Man in Black (uncredited)
Harry Pringle ... Karl (uncredited)
Harold Scott ... Severin (uncredited)
Stephanie Watts ... Foxy Girl (uncredited)
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Directed by
Terence Fisher 
 
Writing credits
Jimmy Sangster (screenplay) &
Peter Bryan (screenplay) &
Edward Percy (screenplay)

Anthony Hinds  uncredited

Produced by
Michael Carreras .... executive producer
Anthony Hinds .... producer
Anthony Nelson Keys .... associate producer (as Anthony Nelson-Keys)
 
Original Music by
Malcolm Williamson 
 
Cinematography by
Jack Asher (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Alfred Cox 
 
Casting by
Dorothy Holloway 
 
Production Design by
Bernard Robinson 
 
Art Direction by
Thomas Goswell (uncredited)
 
Makeup Department
Roy Ashton .... makeup artist
Frieda Steiger .... hair stylist (as Freda Steiger)
 
Production Management
Don Weeks .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
John Peverall .... assistant director
Hugh Harlow .... second assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Eric Hillier .... props buyer (uncredited)
Don Mingaye .... assistant art director (uncredited)
Tom Money .... property master (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Jim Groom .... sound editor (as James Groom)
Jock May .... sound recordist
 
Special Effects by
Sydney Pearson .... special effects
 
Stunts
Peter Diamond .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Len Harris .... camera operator
Steve Birtles .... lighting technician (uncredited)
Tom Edwards .... still photographer (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Molly Arbuthnot .... wardrobe mistress
 
Editorial Department
James Needs .... editorial supervisor
 
Music Department
John Hollingsworth .... musical supervisor
 
Other crew
Tilly Day .... continuity
 
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Runtime:
85 min
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Color:
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.66 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound System)
Certification:
Argentina:16 | Australia:PG | Finland:(Banned) (1960) | Germany:12 (re-rating) | Netherlands:12 | Netherlands:14 (original rating) (1960) | Norway:16 (1960) | Portugal:17 | Sweden:15 | UK:X | UK:12 (DVD rating) (2007) | USA:Unrated | West Germany:16 (original rating)

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Trivia:
The prop department put a lot of effort into making a realistic model bat. It got lost and had to be replaced on short notice. This explains the rather unconvincing look of the model that got actually used in the movie.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: In the opening scenes, the windows on the coach almost all alternate between open and closed from shot to shot.See more »
Quotes:
Marianne Danielle:[gasping in disbelief] Then that poor prisoner, in the tower. He is your son?
Baroness Meinster:He was my son. Now he is only... a beast of the night.
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Frankenstein and Me (1997)See more »

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2 out of 2 people found the following review useful.
I now pronounce you vamp and wife., 3 February 2011
Author: BA_Harrison from Hampshire, England

Gorgeous French redhead Yvonne Monlaur plays teacher Marianne Danielle, who is abandoned in a remote village by her coach-driver whilst en route to her new appointment at a girl's school. When wealthy Baroness Meinster (Martita Hunt) offers Marianne a room for the night in her mountain-top château, the desperate woman gratefully accepts, unaware that the Baroness's son (David Peel), a vampire, is chained up in the castle.

Brides of Dracula is regarded by many Hammer fans to be the best of the studio's 'Dracula' movies (despite the absence of Christopher Lee in his iconic role as the Count), but I really don't understand the unequivocal acclaim: although Terence Fisher's direction is admittedly impressive, his measured camera-work making the most of the excellent set design and coloured lighting, and Peter Cushing gives another impeccable performance as Doctor Van Helsing, the film certainly isn't without its faults.

The pacing is rather slow at times (particularly before Cushing appears on the scene), the so-so script throws up a few too many unanswered questions whilst taking liberties with accepted vampire lore, and the ending is especially weak (Death by shadow? Really? Is that the best they could come up with?): all of these negative elements serve take the film down a notch or two in my opinion, although one should still be aware that even a flawed Hammer film is, more often than not, still well worth a watch (avoid Brides of Dracula, for example, and you'll miss the wonderfully atmospheric scene in which an old hag, under the control of the Baron Meinster, coaxes a recently 'turned' vampiress from her grave).

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