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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

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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:

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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
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Trivia

This Spanish-language version runs nearly a half-hour longer than the English-language version of Dracula (1931) that was being shot during the day. See more »

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Carlos Villarías is misspelled in the opening credits as "Carlos Villar". See more »

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Swan Lake, Op.20
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What's all the ruido about....
18 July 2005 | by simeon_flakeSee all my reviews

If my facts are straight, this much touted Spanish version of "Dracula" was considered lost for many years until its rediscovery in the 1970s--upon which many a critic and film historian flocked to view this rare "gem" & seemingly all at once proclaimed it better than its more famous English cousin.

Perhaps the novelty of finding this similar, but in many aspects different alternate take on the Tod Browning classic led to such clamoring, though given the many years in which viewers have been accustomed to videotape & now DVD--in which a back-to-back comparison of the two films is a very simple exercise--the fawning many do over Melford's 'Drac' seems a bit in the extreme, particularly such critical observations of how Melford upstages the English film "scene by scene, shot by shot". Having recently viewed both films, it's my opinion that a shot-for-shot comparison doesn't prove very detrimental at all to Señor Browning.

For instance, the much raved about moving camera of George Robinson doesn't really show much more mobility than Karl Freund's. Yes, there is the shot of the camera roving up the stairs in Drac's castle, but aside from that & a few other minor instances, Melford & Robinson keep the camera as still as the oft-derided Browning. Btw, I found it more than a bit amusing that the critters Browning has roaming around the cellars of Dracula's castle--the opossum and bug escaping from a miniature coffin--were retained by Melford.

The really big difference in movies is seeing the different angles which Melford shot many of his scenes from & how he makes more use of the outside portico in many of the later drawing room scenes. For those of us familiar with the Lugosi film, this can make for an interesting visual variety, but does this really equate to "better" or "masterful" directing?

It's not my intention to slam this version of Dracula. I think any horror fan should give it a few looks to see how two different production teams can interpret a single script & put their own creative twists on it. From that standpoint, the Spanish "Dracula" is required viewing, but hardly the "scathing critique" of its English counterpart that many have proclaimed it to be.


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