Mystery and Imagination: Season 4, Episode 3

Dracula (18 Nov. 1968)

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A vampire count from Transylvania arrives in Victorian England.



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Episode credited cast:
Bernard Archard ...
Nina Baden-Semper ...
Michael Da Costa ...
Hedley Goodall ...
Joan Hickson ...
Mrs. Weston
Tony Lane ...
Marie Legrand ...
James Maxwell ...
Helena McCarthy ...
Mrs. Hoskins
Phyllis Morris ...
Mrs. Perkins
Valerie Muller ...
Suzanne Neve ...
James Pope ...


A vampire count from Transylvania arrives in Victorian England.

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18 November 1968 (UK)  »

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Dracula's fangs were modeled after the actual detention of the vampire bat. See more »


Version of Broadway on Showtime: Passion of Dracula (1980) See more »

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MYSTERY AND IMAGINATION: Dracula (TV) (Patrick Dromgoole, 1968) ***
31 October 2011 | by (Naxxar, Malta) – See all my reviews

R.L. Stevenson's "Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde" and Bram Stoker's "Dracula" are certainly among the most-filmed of horror novels. On a personal note, at the current count, the former leads by 16 movie versions watched (including two animated shorts!) but the latter is hard on its heels with 15 (including this one): 1922 (German), 1931, 1931 (Spanish), 1953 (Turkish), 1958, 1967 (Pakistani), 1970, 1973 (TV), 1974, 1977 (TV), 1979, 1979 (German), 1992 and 2002 (TV).

Like the same year's FRANKENSTEIN, this is a creditable rendition of the vampire staple, but it too goes off on bizarre tangents (most bafflingly, its emphasizing very minor characters such as a graveyard caretaker and Lucy's mother!), while streamlining plot points (like the 1931 adaptations, Harker is bestowed with characteristics usually attributed to Renfield). Similarly, too, the choice of leading man is quite audacious: if anything, Denholm Elliott's sporting of thin dark glasses here would be picked up by Gary Oldman in the would-be definitive 1992 version! For the record, Elliott would also appear as the protagonist of Edgar Allan Poe's "The Fall Of The House Of Usher" from this same series (of which only 8 out of 24 episodes are still available for reappraisal!).

Again, as with FRANKENSTEIN, the heroine's role (Mina) is undernourished, while Professor Van Helsing is given a distinct Jewish slant! However, two other figures are so impressively incarnated that they threaten to swamp Dracula himself: these are Corin Redgrave's white-haired, giddy yet erudite Harker (who seems to be channeling Peter Sellers!) and Susan George as a vixenish Lucy (an interesting aspect to her is that she is made to experience gradual personality changes before becoming a fully-fledged member of the Undead!).

To make up for the low-budget obviously allotted to the film-makers, the camera is ably deployed to suggest the supernatural – notably the 'trippy' flashback to Harker's terrifying tenure at Castle Dracula and depicting the waking vampire from his forced daytime slumber via a series of dissolves of his (atypically) re-constituted stony grave. While Elliott's rather dapper and insufficiently creepy bloodsucker is no match for the likes of Max Schreck, Bela Lugosi, Christopher Lee and Klaus Kinski, the film is undeniably marked by other qualities that ought to distinguish it even within the vastness of the considerable cinematic treatments of the subject at hand.

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