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Vampire Over London (1952)

Mother Riley Meets the Vampire (original title)
Not Rated | | Comedy , Horror | 1952 (USA)
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The mysterious figure known as the Vampire comes to England to complete experiments in his mad bid to gain control of the world. When the radar-controlled Robot which he had ordered shipped... See full summary »


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Val Valentine (original story), Val Valentine (screen play)



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Arthur Lucan Arthur Lucan ... Mother Riley
Bela Lugosi ... The Vampire
Dora Bryan ... Tilly
Philip Leaver Philip Leaver ... Anton
Richard Wattis ... P.C. Freddie
Graham Moffatt Graham Moffatt ... The Yokel (as Graham Moffat)
María Mercedes María Mercedes ... Julia (as Maria Mercedes)
Roderick Lovell Roderick Lovell ... Douglas
David Hurst ... Mugsy
Judith Furse ... Freda
Ian Wilson ... Hitchcock
Hattie Jacques ... Mrs. Jenks
Dandy Nichols ... Mrs. Mott
George Benson ... Police Sergeant
Bill Shine ... Mugsy's Assistant


The mysterious figure known as the Vampire comes to England to complete experiments in his mad bid to gain control of the world. When the radar-controlled Robot which he had ordered shipped to him is delivered instead to Mother Riley, the Vampire, through radar control, has the Robot transport itself as well as Mother Riley to the proper destination...as the old lady goes into a whirl of side-splitting action in a determined effort to frustrate the plans of the sinister Vampire. Written by alfiehitchie

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Comedy | Horror


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Release Date:

1952 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Carry On Vampire See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Fernwood Productions See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (recorded on) (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


This was the final "Old Mother Riley" film and the only one in which Arthur Lucan's longtime partner and wife, Kitty McShane, did not appear as Mrs Riley's daughter. Lucan and McShane had a very bitter separation in 1951. See more »


During the climactic chase when Mother Riley is riding the motorcycle, the rod and wire that lifts her hat is clearly visible. See more »


[first lines]
Mugsy: There she is.
Anton Daschomb: Turn the car on.
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Crazy Credits

Mother Riley drives the motor bike she is riding, off the deck of the ship. A lifebelt is thrown into the water and when she surfaces inside the lifebelt, 'THIS IS THE END' is printed around it. See more »

Alternate Versions

Some time after the film's UK release, American distributor Jack Harris and importer Richard Gordon contemplated a US release with new footage featuring ; but this could not be accomplished because of Lugosi's deteriorated physical condition. The film did not make it to US screens until 1964, where it was given about 2 minutes of added footage ahead of the main title, featuring comic songster and an unidentified sexy model. In the credits that followed, the names of Lugosi and Lucan were both omitted, though they were retained in the publicity materials. See more »


Follows Old Mother Riley M.P. (1939) See more »


My Son, the Vampire
(title song: US release only)
Written and Performed by Allan Sherman
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A great comedy film in its time and a piece of real nostalgia
18 April 2007 | by joshea98See all my reviews

I, too, first saw this film at the Classic Cinema in Hammersmith. And to me, it was hilarious. But for so many of us growing up in England, the Old Mother Riley films were always a definite treat so that it's not surprising that so many of them were made. And at the time, I'd never even heard of Bela Lugosi. There is no question that the humour in this film is understood best by those of us born and raised in England. And having lived in New York for many years, it's only in recent months that I finally saw, once again, the original version of the film. It's also remarkable for its fine cast of British character actors which includes the now legendary Dora Bryan who, after many years, remains unknown to Americans. I just don't think that Americans could ever truly appreciate or understand the full significance of this film and its importance as the final screen appearance of a British cinema legend. And yes, in the scene where a trolley bus is standing at a traffic light, it does, indeed, appear to be a 660 which I would have used to get home from the cinema after the film was over.

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