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Drácula (1931)

Unrated | | Fantasy, Horror | 24 April 1931 (USA)
Centuries-old vampire Dracula preys upon the innocent Eva and her friends.

Directors:

George Melford, Enrique Tovar Ávalos (uncredited)

Writers:

Bram Stoker (novel), Baltasar Fernández Cué (Spanish adaptation) (as B. Fernandez Cue)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Carlos Villarías ... Conde Drácula (as Carlos Villar)
Lupita Tovar ... Eva
Barry Norton ... Juan Harker
Pablo Álvarez Rubio Pablo Álvarez Rubio ... Renfield
Eduardo Arozamena Eduardo Arozamena ... Van Helsing
José Soriano Viosca José Soriano Viosca ... Doctor Seward
Carmen Guerrero Carmen Guerrero ... Lucía
Amelia Senisterra Amelia Senisterra ... Marta
Manuel Arbó ... Martín
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Storyline

At midnight on Walpurgis Night, an English clerk, Renfield, arrives at Count Dracula's castle in the Carpathian Mountains. After signing papers to take over a ruined abbey near London, Dracula drives Renfield mad and commands obedience. Renfield escorts the boxed count on a death ship to London. From there, the Count is introduced into the society of his neighbor, Dr. Seward, who runs an asylum. Dracula makes short work of family friend, Lucia Weston, then begins his assault on Eva Seward, the doctor's daughter. A visiting expert in the occult, Van Helsing, recognizes Dracula for who he is, and there begins a battle for Eva's body and soul. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Genres:

Fantasy | Horror

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

Spanish | Hungarian

Release Date:

24 April 1931 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Dracula, Spanish Version See more »

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Budget:

$66,000 (estimated)
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Production Co:

Universal Pictures See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
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Swan Lake, Op.20
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Greatly Overrated
26 December 1999 | by AthanatosSee all my reviews

The Spanish-language Drácula (1931) is frequently said to be better than the simultaneously shot, English-language Dracula. I find this odd.

The performances of Villarías, Rubio, and Arozamena are much less affecting than those of Lugosi, Frye, and Sloan. I'll readily grant that Rubio's behavior is more like than of a typical madman than is Frye's, but *realism* precludes vampires in the first place.

The acting of some of the bit players in Drácula is poor. The lighting is simply thoughtless illumination. Continuity is ignored *ab initio*; for example, does Conde Drácula emerge from the coffin of Count Dracula (as shot by Freund or Browning), or from a packing crate?

There are various points at which Drácula *is* better than Dracula. Holes in the script of Dracula are generally plugged in Drácula. While Sloan's acting is superior to that of Arozamena, the English-language script requires him to be unbelievably ineffectual. (Watch Sloan pause on the steps to explain that there is no time to lose, and then continue *walking*!)


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