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Son of Dracula (1943)

Approved | | Fantasy, Horror | 5 November 1943 (USA)
Count Alucard finds his way from Budapest to the swamps of the Deep South; his four nemeses are a medical doctor, a university professor, a jilted fiancé and the woman he loves.

Director:

Robert Siodmak

Writers:

Eric Taylor (screenplay), Curt Siodmak (original story) (as Curtis Siodmak)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Robert Paige ... Frank Stanley
Louise Allbritton ... Katherine Caldwell
Evelyn Ankers ... Claire Caldwell
Frank Craven ... Doctor Brewster
J. Edward Bromberg ... Professor Lazlo
Adeline De Walt Reynolds ... Madame Zimba (as Adeline DeWalt Reynolds)
Samuel S. Hinds ... Judge Simmons
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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Storyline

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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Taglines:

BLOOD on his lips...! DOOM in his eyes...! an accursed VAMPIRE! See more »

Genres:

Fantasy | Horror

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 November 1943 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Destiny See more »

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Production Co:

Universal Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

This film features the first man-into-bat transformation ever seen on camera. In Dracula (1931) no transformations were shown on screen. Both John Carradine and Bela Lugosi would get similar treatment over the next five years. See more »

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Frank fills the coffin with the plants that were covering it, but after he falls into the water, there is nothing in the coffin. See more »

Quotes

[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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Big Drac Attack
10 December 2002 | by telegonusSee all my reviews

When Lon Chaney, Jr., looking like he's just eaten about two dozen Big Macs, introduces himself at the Louisiana estate of Dark Oaks, as Count Alucard (spell it backwards), the fun begins. For those who like atmospheric horror, Son Of Dracula is a treat. The Siodmak brothers, director Robert and author Curt, both worked on this one. Made during the Second World War, at a time when Universal was producing mostly inferior horrors, this is one of the studio's best efforts of the period, with cinematographer George Robinson's camera prowling the homes, woods and bayous of American South with the surefooted gracefulness of a black panther. The acting is fine, with even such limited players as Robert Paige, Evelyn Ankers and Louise Albritton all turning in good work. Character actors Frank Craven and J. Edward Bromberg make a nice vampire-hunting duo, and their scenes together suggest a real alliance and not merely two actors going through the motions. Big Lon, as the Count, is very effective. He lacks Lugosi's old world charm, but makes up for it in bulk, drawing nicely on the natural arrogance that some big men are prone to, his vampire is a baleful figure, often prone to violence. There's more local color than one might expect in this sort of movie, with the character of the swamp-dwelling Queen Zimba providing an interesting link to the Cajun and Voodoo traditions. By today's standards I suppose Son Of Dracula is none too frightening, though it nicely suggests the link between horror and everyday life, normal emotions and regional traditions, which, while this might not mean much nowadays, certainly resonated in the America of sixty years ago, which it effectively evokes.


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