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The Return of the Vampire (1943)

Not Rated | | Drama, Horror | 11 November 1943 (USA)
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When an errant bomb unearths the coffin of a vampire during the London Blitz, a gravedigger unknowingly reanimates the monster by removing the stake from his heart

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Lew Landers

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Griffin Jay (screenplay), Kurt Neumann (based upon an idea by) | 1 more credit »
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Complete credited cast:
Bela Lugosi ... Armand Tesla / Dr. Hugo Bruckner
Frieda Inescort ... Lady Jane Ainsley
Nina Foch ... Nicki Saunders
Roland Varno ... John Ainsley
Miles Mander ... Sir Frederick Fleet
Matt Willis ... Andreas Obry
Ottola Nesmith ... Elsa Walter - Governess
Gilbert Emery ... Dr. Walter Saunders
Leslie Denison Leslie Denison ... Detective Lynch
William Austin ... Detective Gannett
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Storyline

In 1918, an English family are terrorized by a vampire, until they learn how to deal with it. They think their troubles are over, but German bombs in WWII free the monster. He reclaims the soul of his wolfman ex-servant, and assuming the identity of a scientist who has just escaped from a concentration camp, he starts out on a plan to get revenge upon the family. Written by Ken Yousten <kyousten@bev.net>

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Eerie! Terrifying! Chilling! See more »

Genres:

Drama | Horror

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 November 1943 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Vampires of London See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$1,090,000
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Lugosi was paid $3,500 for his four weeks of work. See more »

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A Nazi bomber flying over London has a backwards swastika on it, indicating the shot was flipped in editing. See more »

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Narrator: [Opening lines before main title] The imagination at times sees the fantastic and the grotesque. that the imagination of man can soar into the stratosphere of fantasy is attested by the...
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The vampire and the werewolf
31 January 2006 | by Chris GaskinSee all my reviews

Return of the Vampire is, despite its title not a sequel to Mark of the Vampire.

In this vampire movie, a vampire is staked during World War 1 but then in the Second World War, two gravediggers bury him again after an air raid. They don't realise this corpse is a vampire after pulling the stake out his chest. He regenerates and gets a job in a lab. He has the help of a werewolf that can talk and killings once again start...

One of the best things about this movie is that talking werewolf. I don't think I've seen another movie with one. Unusual.

The cast is lead by Bela Logosi as the Dracula-like vampire. I've never heard of anybody else in this.

Return of the Vampire is worth checking out, especially if you are a fan of Bela.

Rating: 3 stars out of 5.


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