When Katherine, a beautiful Southern girl obsessed with thoughts of eternal life, invites Count Alucard to come to her mansion in the U.S., she unleashes a Pandora's box of horror on unsuspecting relatives and neighbors.

Director:

Robert Siodmak

Writers:

Eric Taylor (screenplay), Curt Siodmak (original story) (as Curtis Siodmak)
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Complete credited cast:
Robert Paige ... Frank Stanley
Louise Allbritton ... Katherine Caldwell
Evelyn Ankers ... Claire Caldwell
Frank Craven ... Doctor Harry Brewster
J. Edward Bromberg ... Professor Lazlo
Samuel S. Hinds ... Judge Simmons
Adeline De Walt Reynolds ... Madame Zimba (as Adeline DeWalt Reynolds)
Pat Moriarity Pat Moriarity ... Sheriff Dawes (as Patrick Moriarity)
Etta McDaniel ... Sarah
George Irving ... Colonel Caldwell
Lon Chaney Jr. ... Count Dracula (as Lon Chaney)
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Count Alucard finds his way from Budapest to the swamps of the Deep South after meeting Katherine Caldwell, of the moneyed Caldwell clan that runs a plantation called Dark Oaks. She's obsessed with occult matters. Who better to guide her through this supernatural world than Count Alucard, whose name no one bothers to spell backwards? No one, that is, except the wily Dr. Brewster, an old family friend. He'll join Professor Lazlo, a specialist in the occult, in fighting this "Alucard" and the woman he's influenced. Or has Katherine influenced him? Meanwhile, Katherine's fiancé, Frank Stanley, will find his courage and his sanity sorely tested when he accidentally shoots Katherine to death, yet finds that she goes on living. Written by J. Spurlin

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WOULD YOU BECOME A VAMPIRE FOR ETERNAL LOVE? (Print Ad-Philadelphia Inquirer, ((Philadelphia, Penna.)) 12 March 1944) See more »


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Lon Chaney Jr. is the first "Dracula" to display great physical strength on screen. See more »

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When Doctor Brewster is reading a book about Dracula, the page he is viewing consists of the same two paragraphs repeated throughout the two pages. See more »

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[first lines]
Harry [townsman bit]: How are ya, doctor?
Prof. Harry Brewster: Hi, Harry.
Frank Stanley: Hey, Charlie!
Charlie, station agent: Hello Dr. Brewster, Mr. Stanley.
Frank Stanley: How are ya. Say, uh, those all the passengers you have?
Charlie, station agent: Just the four.
Prof. Harry Brewster: You didn't put anyone off at the wrong station, did you? We're here to meet a friend of the Caldwells, a Count Alucard.
Charlie, station agent: There was no Count on this train. All customers. Say - there was a lot of stuff in the baggage car that might belong to your Count.
Prof. Harry Brewster: Thanks, we'll take a look at it.
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Good Story, Miscast Dracula
25 November 2013 | by claudio_carvalhoSee all my reviews

Katherine "Kathy" Caldwell (Louise Allbritton) is the fiancée of Frank Stanley (Robert Paige) and sister of Claire Caldwell (Evelyn Ankers) and lives in Dark Oaks farm, where her father runs a plantation. After traveling to Budapest, Kathy invites her friend Count Alucard (Lon Chaney) to visit Dark Oaks. On the day of the arrival, the count is the guest of honor of a ball in the farmhouse, but only his luggage comes in the train. During the night, Alucard that is actually Count Dracula arrives and kills Kathy's father. The family friend Dr. Harry Brewster (Frank Craven) suspects of the mysterious Alucard and asks information about his family to his friend Prof. Lazlo (J. Edward Bromberg). Meanwhile Kathy is the heiress of Dark Oaks and she secretly marries the Count Dracula. Frank follows her and accidentally shoots Kathy to death. When Dr. Brewster meets Kathy at home, he realizes that she got married to Dracula and is also a vampire.

Directed by Robert Siodmak, "Son of Dracula" has good story, atmosphere in the Louisiana swamps and special effects. However, Lon Chaney Jr. is miscast, creepy but too old to be the "romantic pair" of Louise Allbritoon and without the style of Bela Lugosi. My vote is six.

Title (Brazil): "O Filho de Drácula" ("The Son of Dracula")


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Country:

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Language:

English

Release Date:

5 November 1943 (USA) See more »

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