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House of Dracula (1945)

Approved | | Fantasy, Horror, Sci-Fi | 7 December 1945 (USA)
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The Wolf Man and Count Dracula beg Dr. Edelman to cure them of their killing instincts but Dracula schemes to seduce the doctor's nurse.

Director:

Erle C. Kenton

Writer:

Edward T. Lowe Jr. (original screenplay) (as Edward T. Lowe)
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2 wins & 3 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Lon Chaney Jr. ... Lawrence Talbot / The Wolf Man (as Lon Chaney)
John Carradine ... Dracula / Baron Latos
Martha O'Driscoll ... Miliza Morelle
Lionel Atwill ... Police Inspector Holtz
Onslow Stevens ... Dr. Franz Edlemann
Jane Adams ... Nina
Ludwig Stössel ... Siegfried (as Ludwig Stossel)
Glenn Strange ... The Frankenstein Monster
Skelton Knaggs ... Steinmuhl
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Storyline

Dracula arrives at Dr. Edelman's office asking for a cure to his vampirism. However, this is a ruse by Dracula to get near Dr. Edelman's beautiful female assistant and turn her into a vampire. Meanwhile, a sincere Lawrence Talbot, AKA the Wolfman, arrives seeking a cure for his lycanthropy. When Dr. Edelman's first attempt fails, Talbot tries to commit suicide by jumping off a cliff, but instead finds a network of underground caves where Frankensteins Monster is in stasis. Chaos ensues as the three monsters fight for dominance of each other. Written by Norman Cook <cook@ssdgwy.mdc.com>

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Taglines:

Frankenstein's Monster ... Wolf Man ... Dracula ... Mad Doctor ... Hunchback See more »

Genres:

Fantasy | Horror | Sci-Fi

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
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Trivia

This is the only film in which Lon Chaney Jr.'s character Lawrence Talbot sports a mustache. See more »

Goofs

Although the Frankenstein Monster has been mouldering in a warm, moist environment for years (in the muddy caves at the base of the cliff), his clothing is apparently immortal, too, for in the very next scene after his discovery in the caves his clothing appears pristine and brand new, showing no signs of the inevitable mold and rot that ordinary fabric would incur in such conditions (unless, of course, the Doctor has re-dressed him in identical clothes, which seems unlikely). In contrast, the clothing of Dr. Niemann, who was buried/and found with the Monster, has completely rotted away, to reveal only bones. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Dr. Edelman: What are you doing here? Who are you?
Count Dracula: I am Baron Latos. I have come to you for help.
Dr. Edelman: It's five o'clock in the morning.
Count Dracula: I must apologize for the intrusion. But travel is very difficult for me, and I've come a long way.
Dr. Edelman: I don't understand.
Count Dracula: Perhaps you will, after you've led me to the basement room of this castle.
Dr. Edelman: Eh - a very strange request. This castle is my home!
Count Dracula: Have no fear, doctor. Had conditions permitted, I would have presented myself in the usual manner.
Dr. Edelman: Well, it is most unusual...
[...]
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Crazy Credits

Opening credits ooze down from the top of the screen, ending in a straight line of words. See more »

Connections

Featured in Svengoolie: The Wolf Man (2008) See more »

Soundtracks

Piano Sonata No. 14 in C minor 'Quasi una fantasia', Op. 27, No. 2, popularly known as the 'Moonlight Sonata'
Written by Ludwig van Beethoven
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Addle-brained but fast paced and entertaining Universal Horror pic; Stevens is very enjoyable as the mad scientist
15 March 2007 | by J. SpurlinSee all my reviews

Baron Latos appears to Dr. Edelman (Onslow Stevens) in the middle of the night and reveals that he's really Count Dracula (John Carradine). He seeks a cure for his vampirism. A trip to the basement shows that Dracula has already taken the liberty of moving in - there's his coffin, filled with the dirt from his own grave. Dr. Edelman takes this brazenness in stride while refusing to believe in the supernatural. Later, Lawrence Talbot (Lon Chaney, Jr.) shows up, asking for a cure for his lycanthropy. He can't bear to change into a werewolf one more time. Edelman must save Talbot from a suicide attempt when Talbot throws himself into the ocean and gets swept into a cave. While in the cave, Edelman and Talbot find Frankenstein's monster (Glenn Strange). Edelman decides to revive him, but Talbot and Edelman's hunchbacked female assistant (Jane Adams) talk him out of it. Meanwhile, Edelman's other assistant (Martha O'Driscoll) finds herself seduced by Count Dracula; while Edelman finds the evil count has an even more powerful influence over his own life.

Dracula's corruption of Edelman adds a Jekyll-and-Hyde type story to this already over-monstered brew. Why didn't they throw in the Mummy and the Invisible Man for the hell of it?

Of all the Universal Horror films that are wacky-idiotic, this is the most entertaining. Stevens is very enjoyable as Edelman; the plot moves fast; a certain character gets his first happy ending; and it's fun to imagine that the real reason Frankenstein's monster is angry is that he sees the movie is almost over and he hasn't even done anything yet.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 December 1945 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Wolf Man vs. Dracula See more »

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Universal Pictures See more »
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Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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