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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

Director:

Lew Landers

Writers:

Griffin Jay (screenplay), Kurt Neumann (based upon an idea by) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

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! Chilling! Screamy! See more »

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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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Gross USA:

$1,090,000
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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The text of Tesla's book as shown is: "THE SUPERNATURAL AND ITS MANIFESTATIONS By Dr. Armand Tesla. From the beginning of time, man has been troubled by the uncertainty of death and by the rare and horrible manifestations which occur at intervals in which the dead are known to return from their grave. Such people are known as vampires or werewolves. Scientific men throughout the ages have endeavored to delve into the mystery that has baffled them The most ancient writings have mentioned this strange phenomenon and it has always left the writer baffled. It is a known certainty that these beings do return to earth and have been known to attack humans. They have at times left horrible marks of their visits. The victim of such an attack by the un-dead insists upon the memory of a horrible dream, or nightmare. In addition, there are lacerations about the size of pin-pricks, on the throat and an almost total absence of blood in the body. They strike with such suddenness that it has been impossible to locate their coming and going and it is usually a case of sudden death to the unfortunate victim. Some tribes have recorded the visits of these beings and scientific research has revealed them to be beyond the realm of superstition. From the beginning of time..." (text begins repeating at this point.) See more »

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In the closing scenes as Andreas changes back into human form, there is a mole that appears on his right cheek, moves to the opposite cheek, then disappears altogether. The mole was present on the left cheek throughout the film. See more »

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Armand Tesla: [to Lady Ainsley] You're a very brilliant woman, but a foolish one to pit your strength against mine!
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Craft and professionalism can go a long way
2 September 2005 | by mido505See all my reviews

Lew Landers directed a lot of crap during his long, prolific career, but when he was on his game, as in The Raven (1934), and this film, he could produce a horror movie as good as any. The Return of the Vampire may be nothing more than a little Columbia B picture, but it exhibits more craft, care, and professionalism than 90 percent of what comes out of Hollywood today. The foggy, expressionistic photography and sets are fantastic, with excellent use of shadow and camera movement, and the early scenes of Lugosi prowling through mist and darkness, shot mostly from behind, or in silhouette, are striking in their spectral intensity. Lugosi once again shows why he ranks among the immortals; he is more commanding and magnetic walking from point A to point B in his top hat and tails than most actors are emoting through pages of dialog. Screenwriter Griffin Jay and director Landers go out of their way to showcase Lugosi's unique talents; he is given a great part with many substantial scenes to play, and Landers shoots him to his fullest advantage. Frieda Inescort, as Lugosi's nemesis, is sublimely up to the challenge, and their scenes together, especially their climactic confrontation at the pipe organ, are the best in the film. Sure, Return of the Vampire has its weak elements, such as Matt Willis's unfortunate talking werewolf, but let them pass. There are few moments in cinema as inspiring as watching Lugosi at full throttle, and Return of the Vampire has that in spades.


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