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Born in Lugos, Kingdom of Hungary, Austria-Hungary [now Lugoj, Timis County, Romania]
Died in Los Angeles, California, USA  (heart attack)
Birth NameBéla Ferenc Dezsõ Blaskó
Nicknames Adelbert
Count Dracula
The Master of Horror
The Master of Menace
Arisztid Olt
Height 6' 1" (1.85 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Bela Lugosi was born Béla Ferenc Dezsö Blaskó on October 20, 1882, Lugos, Hungary, Austria-Hungary (now Lugoj, Romania), to Paula de Vojnich and István Blaskó, a banker. He was the youngest of four children. During WWI, he volunteered and was commissioned as an infantry lieutenant, and was wounded three times.

A distinguished stage actor in his native Hungary, Austria-Hungary, he began his stage career in 1901 and started appearing in films during World War I, fleeing to Germany in 1919 as a result of his left-wing political activity (he organized an actors' union). In 1920 he emigrated to the US and made a living as a character actor, shooting to fame when he played Count Dracula in the legendary 1927 Broadway stage adaptation of Bram Stoker's novel. It ran for three years, and was subsequently, and memorably, filmed by Tod Browning in 1931, establishing Lugosi as one of the screen's greatest personifications of pure evil. Also in 1931, he became a U.S. citizen. Sadly, his reputation rapidly declined, mainly because he had been blacklisted by the main studios and had no choice but to accept any part (and script) handed to him, and ended up playing parodies of his greatest role, in low-grade poverty row films. Due to shady blacklisting among the top Hollywood studio executives, he refused to sell out or to compromise his integrity, and therefore ended his career working for the legendary Worst Director of All Time, Edward D. Wood Jr..

Lugosi was married to Ilona Szmik (1917 - 1920), Ilona von Montagh (? - ?), and Lillian Arch (1933 - 1951). He is the father of Bela Lugosi Jr. (1938). Lugosi helped organize the Screen Actors Guild in the mid-'30s, joining as member number 28.

Bela Lugosi died of a heart attack August 16, 1956. He was buried in a Dracula costume, including a cape, but not the ones used in the 1931 film, contrary to popular--but unfounded--rumors.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: ReelDeal-2, Michael Brooke <michael@everyman.demon.co.uk> & anonymous

Spouse (5)

Hope Lininger (25 August 1955 - 16 August 1956) ( his death)
Lillian Arch (31 January 1933 - 17 July 1953) ( divorced) ( 1 child)
Beatrice Weeks (29 September 1929 - 2 October 1929) ( divorced)
Ilona von Montagh (7 September 1921 - 1924) ( divorced)
Ilona Szmik (25 June 1917 - 1920) ( divorced)

Trade Mark (7)

Black slicked back hair
Thick Hungarian accent
His suave--and often imitated--original portrayal of Count Dracula
Renowned for treating even the most ridiculous of material with immense respect and his aggressive work ethic
Sartorial elegance and regal bearing wearing a tuxedo
Cadenced delivery of lines with authoritative gravitas
Intense hypnotic gaze and dramatic pauses

Trivia (87)

Born in Lugos, Hungary (now Lugoj, Romania), from which he derived his eventual professional surname.
As of 1995 his son, Bela Lugosi Jr., practices law in Los Angeles, CA.
Interred at Holy Cross Cemetery in Culver City, CA.
Were it not for his death, Lon Chaney, rather than Lugosi, would have been director Tod Browning's choice for the starring role in Dracula (1931).
Contrary to popular belief, he and Boris Karloff did not hate each other, as the famous scene from Ed Wood (1994) would lead one to believe. Both men's children have said that the only rivalry that existed between them is when they were both up for the same roles, and in reality, although Lugosi and Karloff had almost no relationship off-set, they were reportedly amicable whenever working together.
One of the charter members of the Screen Actors Guild.
In 1929 he married a wealthy San Francisco widow named Beatrice Weeks, a union that lasted all of three days; their divorce named Clara Bow as the "other woman"--it was a media sensation and launched him into national notoriety.
Pictured on one of a set of five 32¢ US commemorative postage stamps, issued 9/30/1997, celebrating "Famous Movie Monsters". He is shown as the title character in Dracula (1931). Other actors honored in this set of stamps, and the classic monsters they portray, are Lon Chaney as The Phantom of the Opera (1925); Lon Chaney Jr. as The Wolf Man (1941); and Boris Karloff on two stamps as The Mummy (1932) and the monster in Frankenstein (1931).
Had an extensive classical career in Hungary including roles in "Hamlet", "Macbeth", "King Lear", "Taming of the Shrew" and "Richard III".
His first stage role in the US was "The Red Poppy". Unable to speak English, he was forced to learn the role by rote. He was rewarded with excellent reviews and earned his first American film role, a villainous part in The Silent Command (1923).
At the time of his death, Lugosi was in such poor financial straits that Frank Sinatra was rumored to have paid for his funeral. Actually, his widow Hope and ex-wife Lillian paid it; Sinatra's only connection to the aging actor was sending him a $1000 check during his drug rehabilitation. The rumor that Boris Karloff attended the funeral was also an urban myth, as he wasn't in California at the time.
He performed in live-action reference footage for the "Night on Bald Mountain" sequence of Walt Disney's Fantasia (1940). He was, of course, the terrifying demon Chernabog.
His Los Angeles home was purchased by Johnny Depp, who played his friend Edward D. Wood Jr. in Ed Wood (1994).
Further immortalized in the song "Bela Lugosi's Dead" by Bauhaus, which was featured in The Hunger (1983) and went on to become a dance mainstay at goth dance clubs in the 1980s. The lyrics of the song described him in his Dracula costume, along with "Undead! Undead! Undead!" being chanted during the song's chorus.
His performance in Tod Browning's Dracula (1931) created such a sensation that he reportedly received more fan mail from females than even Clark Gable.
His name had become such as asset that studios would give him prominent billing even when he was playing such supporting roles as butlers, as he did in Columbia's Night of Terror (1933), Fox's The Gorilla (1939), Universal's Night Monster (1942) and Paramount's One Body Too Many (1944).
In his collaborations with Boris Karloff at Universal, it was Karloff who always got top billing. When these same films were released as part of a DVD box set in 2005, Universal wisely chose to market them as "The Bela Lugosi Collection", the most popular---and therefore more bankable---star of the two.
There is a persistent myth that Lugosi spoke very little English by the time he shot Dracula (1931), and learned his lines phonetically. This has been debunked by Lugosi historians and is simply not true.
He received only $500 per week for the seven-week engagement on Dracula (1931) a total of $3500. However, in 2007 purchasing power, that would be equal to $47,319. In comparison, Universal paid $2000 per week for the use of leading man David Manners, but Manners was a contract player at First National Pictures. The payment went to that studio, not to Manners, who was paid only his usual weekly rate from First National.
Served in the Austro-Hungarian army during World War I as an infantry captain. He later recounted in stories on film sets about his experiences, which included acting as a hangman. He also said that at one point he hid in a mass grave of corpses to escape death. After being wounded three times, he was discharged while apparently feigning concussion-caused insanity.
He was contracted to appear in Dracula's Daughter (1936) at a salary of $4,000, but the original script in which the character appeared was rejected by Universal. The final script did not involve Dracula, except for an insert shot of him in his coffin, but Lugosi was paid off, earning $500 more for not appearing in that film than he earned for starring in Dracula (1931).
According to biographer Robert Cremer, Lugosi was not only the finest party host among Hungarian members of the Hollywood community but also an inveterate practical joker. When other expatriates such as Joe Pasternak, Ilona Massey, Michael Curtiz and Willy Pogany were guests, he would hire comic actor Vince Barnett to play the role of a clumsy waiter spilling drinks and dropping plates of hors d'oeuvres, resulting in near misses for the guests to Lugosi's delight.
His ex-wife Lilian and son had him buried in one of his many capes, but not the one from his role as the title character of Dracula (1931). It is a myth that he was buried in the original Dracula cape. His son still owns it, as he tried to auction it off in 2011 but the starting bid was too high, upwards of $1 million, leaving no room for fans to enjoy the bidding war.
He did not wear fangs when playing the title character in Dracula (1931). The same was true of Frank Langella in Dracula (1979).
He has two roles in common with Christopher Lee: (1) Lugosi played Count Dracula in Dracula (1931) and Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein (1948) while Lee played him in ten films from Horror of Dracula (1958) to Dracula and Son (1976) and (2) Lugosi played Frankenstein's Monster in Frankenstein Meets the Wolf Man (1943) while Lee played him in The Curse of Frankenstein (1957).
He has two roles in common with Lon Chaney Jr.: (1) Lugosi played Count Dracula in Dracula (1931) and Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein (1948) while Chaney played him in Son of Dracula (1943) and (2) Chaney played Frankenstein's Monster in The Ghost of Frankenstein (1942), in which Lugosi also appeared, while Lugosi played him in Frankenstein Meets the Wolf Man (1943), in which Chaney also appeared.
Appeared with Boris Karloff in eight films: The Black Cat (1934), The Raven (1935), The Invisible Ray (1936), Son of Frankenstein (1939), You'll Find Out (1940), Black Friday (1940) The Body Snatcher (1945) and Gift of Gab (1934).
Posthumously awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6430 Hollywood Blvd. on 2/8/1960.
Is referenced in The Kinks 1972 song "Celluloid Heroes", with the lines "Avoid stepping on Bela Lugosi, because he's liable to turn and bite.".
Contrary to popular belief, he only played Count Dracula in two films: Dracula (1931) and Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein (1948). He played vampires in many other films, but none of them--besides the aforementioned two--were Count Dracula.
In November 2015 his personal cane featured in his infamous scene in Plan 9 from Outer Space (1957) sold at Bonhams and Butterfields for $10,000. This cane is considered one of the only remaining props from the film.
Privately, he struggled with his dependency upon morphine, a drug he was given to deal with leg pain from his war injuries. However, tabloid reports erroneously presented him as a "drug addict"; there is a significant difference between being physically and clinically dependent upon a drug and being "addicted" to it. The latter denotes the presence of a morbid mental want that is absent in a medical dependency, which is a physiological need.
Because of his political activities his remaining in Hungary became problematic, so he left. He went via Vienna to Berlin, where he continued his film career.
Before his success in Tod Browning, he had already portrayed "Dracula" on Broadway, starting in 1927. Lon Chaney was originally chosen for the title role, but with his unexpected death, the search for a new Dracula started. Lugosi campaigned hard for the part, and thus won the role that made him a silver-screen horror legend.
Because his parents were against his plans to become an actor, he left his family at the age of 12. After working in a mine, he would later join the theater, where he gained his first experience as an actor. Thus classically trained, he subsequently joined the film business, in 1917, and, early on, used the pseudonym Arisztid Olt.
At the end of the Sledge Hammer! (1986) episode Sledge Hammer!: The Last of the Red Hot Vampires (1987) there is a dedication "In Memory of Mr. Blasko", Lugosi's birth name.
Although he expressed interest in playing a romantic lead as he had in Hungary, he rarely got to share a kiss with a female co-star, during his entire Hollywood career. In The Midnight Girl (1925) and in Daughters Who Pay (1925), his "bad guy" characters kiss the ladies forcibly. It isn't until The Return of Chandu (1934) that he shares a split-second peck in a romantic scene with the princess character at the end of the serial.
Became a US citizen in 1931, the same year he starred in Dracula (1931), whereas fellow horror actor, Boris Karloff lived in the US for 45 years yet never sought American citizenship.
Long before Dracula (1931), shots of his hypnotic eyes in extreme close-up were often used in his films, including Sklaven fremden Willens (1920), The Silent Command (1923) and, later, more famously in White Zombie (1932).
Wore a tuxedo in nearly every film he ever made, except for the ones where he played beasts or monsters, such as Island of Lost Souls (1932), Son of Frankenstein (1939) and Frankenstein Meets the Wolf Man (1943).
Was a philatelist (stamp collector). As such, he would have been thrilled to know that he himself ended up gracing two US stamps.
Is the model for the Disney demon Chernabog in Fantasia (1940)'s "Night on Bald Mountain" spooky sequence. He was photographed in evil, demon-like poses for the animators to draw the demon character. The end result on-screen unmistakably shows typical Lugosi traits, expressions and mannerisms.
Owned a large, framed, portrait he had commissioned of himself in the 1930s. He is depicted as standing in a gray suit, one hand upon his hip, the other holding his coat and hat. This painting hung in his home until the day he died. It is now owned by Metallica's lead guitarist, Kirk Hammett, a hardcore horror movie fan and horror memorabilia collector.
White Zombie (1932) was a personal favorite of his films, for which he stepped in and did some of the directing, according to his son, Bela Lugosi Jr..
Though famous for his role as Dracula, even in his native country of Hungary the movie itself was surprisingly unknown, along with most American pictures he had appeared in. Dracula (1931) was released in Hungary shortly after its American debut in 1931, but many critics and viewers slammed it. The movie fell into obscurity shortly afterwards, and very few American genre movies (such as horror and monster films) reached the country during most of the 20th century, mainly due to the strict Communist censorship. It was only through the advent of home video and the internet that most Hungarians finally saw the performances that had made Lugosi a star in the West. To this day only a couple of his works have been dubbed into his own language, and the DVD releases have been out of print since the early 2000s.
Was President of the Hungarian Council for Democracy, in which many leading Americans of Hungarian descent were active.
His parents' names were Stephen Blasko and Paula Von Vojnics. Studio hype claimed in the press that his father was a Count, but he was actually a bank president. His brothers' and sister's names were Vilma, Hajos and Laszlo.
In spite of his cinematic association with the dark side and portraying various evil characters, he was a devout Catholic and was buried at the Holy Cross, a Catholic cemetery in Culver City, CA.
His favorite screen role was Dracula (1931).
Legally changed his name to Bela Lugosi from Blasko. He added an "i" to the end of the name of Lugos, the town in which he was born.
In a form requesting biographical information for Cameo Pictures Corp., next to the question "earliest childhood ambition", facetious Bela wrote "highway bandit". In answer to "present ambition", he wrote "dude ranch". In response to "favorite screen players", he wrote "none", then crossed that out and wrote "Mickey Mouse". His patience must have been tested when seeing the invasive question requesting "highlights of your life", with three blank lines to fill out for 1 to 30 years, in 10-year increments. To cut through the aggravating nosiness, he used a curly bracket through all three lines and cheekily wrote: "it is no one's business".
In spite of wearing a tuxedo in nearly every film where he didn't portray a hairy beast, he said he preferred sportswear to formal wear, his favorite material was flannel, and he favored bright colors.
Although his status in He Who Gets Slapped (1924) remains unconfirmed to date, in August 2017 videos surfaced with screen captures of a clown extra that bears a striking resemblance to him and, allegedly, would finally offer proof that he was indeed part of the crowd, in this silent film. Initially, a teenage boy named Richard Sheffield, who befriended Lugosi in the 1950s, found two photographs among Lugosi's personal scrapbook of his own work, from which the speculation that he had worked in this silent started.
In the 2004 Hungarian DVD release of the Universal horror movies, his voice was dubbed by János Papp, who is known also for dubbing many of John Goodman's and Morgan Freeman's film roles, and is the modern Hungarian voice actor for Fred Flintstone. But Lugosi's most iconic film, Dracula (1931), was only released in his home country with subtitles.
He was likely the basis for the Marvel Comics villain Belasco, whose name is a shortened version of his birth name.
As heard in White Zombie (1932), Bela Lugosi pronounced French flawlessly, like a French native and, curiously enough, without a trace of his trademark Hungarian accent. It is unclear whether he was fluent in the language. The reason why is unclear, considering that he dropped out of school when he was 12 years old and is not known to have lived in France. It is equally unclear whether he also spoke any German (he lived and acted in movies in Germany for a few years).
Boris Karloff often followed in Bela Lugosi's footsteps, copying his films and career. It all eerily started before they even met: both actors appeared in their own silent version of "The Last of The Mohicans" in fall of 1920. However, whereas Lugosi starred in the German film Lederstrumpf, 1. Teil: Der Wildtöter und Chingachgook (1920) which came out first, in September with a sequel promptly following on November 10, Lederstrumpf, 2. Teil: Der Letzte der Mohikaner (1920), Karloff was merely an extra in the American version, The Last of the Mohicans (1920) which came out on November 21, a mere 11 days after Lugosi's second film (the sequel).
He joined the crew of a merchant ship as a sailor to gain transport to the US. He entered the country at New Orleans, LA, in December 1920.
His birthplace of Lugos was in Hungary when he was born, and belonged to the Austro-Hungarian empire; it is currently part of Timis County, Romania, and called "Lugoj" in Romanian. The county seat is Timisoara. Most of the then Hungarian county was annexed to the Kingdom of Romania in 1919, part of the border changes at the end of World War I, due to a political deal in which the Hungarian people did not get to vote. When it was annexed, its population was naturally Hungarian-dominant.
During World War I e served in the infantry and ski patrol of the Austro-Hungarian Army. He reached the rank of Hauptmann (Captain). He received the Wound Medal (Verwundetenmedaille), after suffering combat injuries on the Eastern Front.
Following World War I, he was an activist for an actors' union in Hungary. In 1919 there was a coup d'état in Hungary and a right-wing military dictatorship rose to power. Union members were persecuted as "leftists", and Lugosi fled into self-exile. He spent some time as an expatriate actor n Austria and Weimar Republic Germany.
His parents were István Blaskó and Paula de Vojnich. Blaskó was a Hungarian banker, and de Vojnich was Serbian.
He grew disappointed and frustrated with Hollywood not offering him a chance at playing leading roles in non-horror productions, but his early days of stardom in such films as Dracula (1931) and The Black Cat (1934) had typecast him.
Even when not acting, he was able to project an aura of curiosity and intrigue. According to colleagues, he could command the attention of a whole group of strangers as soon as he entered the same room.
He was the first horror actor to be tied to two holidays, thanks to Dracula (1931) being released Valentine's Day--Feb. 14--in 1931 and, of course, he was first and foremost tied to Halloween due to his multiple vampire movies and other horror films.
Despite making over 1,000 appearances on stage as Dracula he wasn't considered for the role in the film. Lon Chaney was wanted but he developed throat cancer so the part was offered to Conrad Veidt who turned it down as he didn't like America.
Wasn't fond of "schmoozing" and for that reason did not attend Hollywood parties. He said "life was too short" for that, and he wouldn't waste his time. Instead, Lugosi preferred to get together in intimate small gatherings at his home, with Hungarian artisans and working crew from his films, whom he often invited to dinner.
Was the third husband of his third wife, Beatrice Weeks.
Although it has been claimed that, in his early days of stardom, his horror films had typecast him, facts have emerged from different sources, including contemporary newspaper articles, that all point more to Lugosi being sabotaged by his number one rival due to his critical acclaim for his stellar performance in their joint venture, Son of Frankenstein (1939). That covetous co-star of Lugosi's had garnered a lot of clout at Universal due to his dalliances with producers, and the rest is history.
Biographers have claimed that he couldn't drive, yet he is clearly seen driving an open convertible in many scenes of The Return of Chandu (1934), down a narrow winding mountain road.
Did not have a natural widow's peak. Contrary to popular misconception, he did not wear a hairpiece to create one in Dracula (1931); however, he did sport a fake widow's peak in publicity stills for the movie. Lugosi did, however, wear another--more pronounced-widow's peak for his characterization as Murder Legendre in the excellent White Zombie (1932).
At the height of his career, owned four large dogs all at once: a white one, two black Dobermans and a gray one.
Had difficulty in securing work in Hollywood by the early 1940s, as no producer would cast the actor in anything except horror films.
Was released from his contract by Universal after having filmed Frankenstein Meets the Wolf Man (1943).
When he tested for the role of the Frankenstein creature in 1931, it was reported that he wore a thick, clay-like make-up that resembled the monster from the German film The Golem (1920).
In the years following his passing, Lugosi merchandise outsells that of Boris Karloff by a narrow margin.
The standard price for a Lugosi autograph is well above $1000 and often hard to find below $1400. Boris Karloff's have dropped down considerably and can easily be found for $300.
He raised money for the Bergson Group.
In November 2018, when TCM advertised the Bonham auction exhibit---which included his cape from Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein (1948) , their TV ads announcing the event completely glossed over the Lugosi cape in barrel two onscreen seconds.
After trying to auction it off for over $1 million in 2011, his son, Bela Lugosi Jr., parted with his father's arguably most cherished possession, the Dracula (1931) cape, in November 2019. The priceless artifact was later generously donated to the museum for the Academy of Motion Pictures in Los Angeles. His son and grand-daughter felt that the cape shouldn't be hidden in one person's closet "for the world never to see", but that it should carry Lugosi's legacy forward. As of February 2020, the cape was undergoing minor restoration--mainly to repair small tears in the cape's silk crepe lining by re-patching it from its backing with new silk bits, dyed to match its original taupe color. It will go on display along with other exclusive and priceless Golden Age of Hollywood movie star props and artifacts, as part of a prestigious collection where it is being well-cared for.
At the height of arguably his worst personal problems---financial troubles and severe health issues----his wife,Lilian Arch divorced him. Against his wishes, she had taken a job working as secretary for Brian Donlevy. Proving Lugosi's foreboding reservations correct, she would soon leave him to take up with her boss.
Was fluent in Hungarian, French, German and English.
He developed a friendship with dwarf actor Angelo Rossitto. When making some of his "Poverty Row" quickies, he would reportedly insist that Rossitto also be cast.
Famously turned down Frankenstein (1931), but---contrary to popular opinion---not the legendary role as seen in the finalized movie. The original script which he was given simply portrayed the Monster as a grunting, killing machine for fright, and nothing more. It was not a caring, sensitive monster that kids would have loved. Director James Whale also refused to do it, but then reconsidered once he was allowed to completely rewrite the script. By then, Lugosi and original director, Robert Florey had moved on to doing Murders in the Rue Morgue (1932).
There are two flowers named after him: the Bela Lugosi daylily, plum-colored petals with a yellow center; and the Dracula-Bela Lugosi orchid, yellowish with dark stripes all across its three petals.
His descendants own a winery and sell the Lugosi wines. One of them is the White Zombie Chardonnay.

Personal Quotes (15)

I guess I'm pretty much of a lone wolf. I don't say I don't like people at all but, to tell you the truth, I only like them if I have a chance to look deep into their hearts and their minds. If I find there something, something worthwhile, some... some human kindness, some sympathy.
Circumstances made me the theatrical personality I am, which many people believe is also a part of my personal life.
Every producer in Hollywood had set me down as a type. I was both amused and disappointed.
I'd like to quit the supernatural roles and play just an interesting, down-to-earth person.
I'll be truthful. The weekly paycheck is the most important thing to me.
[on being typecast in villain roles] I find that, because of my language and gestures, that I am cataloged as what you call a heavy. My accent stamped me, in the imagination of the producers, as an enemy. Therefore, I must be a heavy.
In Hungary, acting is a career for which one fits himself as earnestly and studiously as one studies for a degree in medicine, law or philosophy. In Hungary, acting is a profession.
Every actor's greatest ambition is to create his own, definite and original role, a character with which he will always be identified. In my case, that role was Dracula.
Never has a role so influenced and dominated an actor's role as has the role of Dracula. He [Dracula] has, at times, infused me with prosperity and, at other times, he has drained me of everything.
[on playing Dracula] It's a living, but it's also a curse. It's Dracula's curse.
If I had one per cent of the millions Dracula (1931) has made, I wouldn't be sitting here now.
[in response to an interviewer question "Doesn't Dracula ever end for you?"] No. No. Dracula never ends. I don't know if I should call it a fortune or a curse, but it never ends.
Look to Count Károlyi as Hungary's own Abraham Lincoln!
[asked about the Hungarian National Front of independence] The Hungarian underground really crystallizes the common denominator of resistance, which binds all the people who have felt the whiplash of fascism. Like the heroic people of France and Poland and Greece and Yugoslavia, the people of Hungary, the real Hungary, are fighting.
Circumstances made me the theatrical personality I am, which many people believe is also a part of my personal life. My next picture, Murders in the Rue Morgue (1932), will continue to establish me as a weird, gruesome creature. As for my own feelings on the subject, I have always felt I would rather play - say Percy Marmont roles than Lon Chaney types of roles.

Salary (22)

Dracula (1931) $3,500
50 Million Frenchmen (1931) $1,000
White Zombie (1932) $800 /week
Chandu the Magician (1932) $2,500
Island of Lost Souls (1932) $875
The Black Cat (1934) $3,000
Gift of Gab (1934) $250 (1 day)
Mark of the Vampire (1935) $3,000
The Raven (1935) $5,000
The Mystery of the Mary Celeste (1935) $10,000
The Invisible Ray (1936) $4,000
Postal Inspector (1936) $5,000 (flat rate)
SOS Coast Guard (1937) $1,500
Son of Frankenstein (1939) $500 /week, later raised to $3500/week
You'll Find Out (1940) $3,750
The Return of the Vampire (1943) $3,500
The Body Snatcher (1945) $3,000
Genius at Work (1946) $5,000
Bud Abbott Lou Costello Meet Frankenstein (1948) $1,500 per week with ten week guarantee
Mother Riley Meets the Vampire (1952) $5,000 (flat rate)
Glen or Glenda (1953) $1,000 (flat rate, 1 day)
Bride of the Monster (1955) $1,000

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