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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Bernard Archard ...
Nina Baden-Semper ...
Vampire
Michael Da Costa ...
Jenkins
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Hedley Goodall ...
Swales
Joan Hickson ...
Mrs. Weston
Tony Lane ...
Coachman
James Maxwell ...
Helena McCarthy ...
Mrs. Hoskins
Phyllis Morris ...
Mrs. Perkins
Valerie Muller ...
Vampire
Suzanne Neve ...
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Vampire (as Marie Legrand)
James Pope ...
Rowse
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A vampire count from Transylvania arrives in Victorian England.

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

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Better than some big budget versions
19 November 2009 | by (North East England) – See all my reviews

By 1968 it could be argued that the story of Dracula should already be permanently in the cold ground – done to death by repetition. However, this Thames Television production was quite different from the Hammer film series (that would soon go into a rapid decline). Talky and slightly theatrical, it is – despite this – more interesting than either the 1979 John Badham version or the more recent Coppola one. Like other low budget versions, this one "scales down" the novel, omitting its more epic scenes but concentrating effectively on the middle part of the book.

Denholm Elliott is no substitute for Christopher Lee as The Count (then, who is?) but he gives a competent performance. Colin Redgrave as Harker and Susan George as Lucy are both fascinating to watch, but Bernard Archard as Van Helsing sadly continues the tradition of silly voices in Dracula adaptations with a very distracting accent more redolent of Calcutta than Amsterdam.

Some scenes (such as the meeting with Dracula's brides) are very eerily done, while the final showdown with Dracula is a strange mixture of clumsy staging and convincing effects work. The slight twist at the end is a nice touch, too. A minor version, but worth seeing.


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