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The Return of Dracula (1958)

PG | | Drama, Horror, Mystery | April 1958 (USA)
After a vampire leaves his native Balkans, he murders a Czech artist, assumes his identity, and moves in with the dead man's American cousins.

Director:

Paul Landres

Writers:

Pat Fielder (story), Pat Fielder (screenplay)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Francis Lederer ... Count Dracula - posing as Bellac Gordal
Norma Eberhardt ... Rachel Mayberry
Ray Stricklyn ... Tim Hansen
John Wengraf ... John Merriman
Virginia Vincent ... Jennie Blake
Gage Clarke ... Rev. Dr. Whitfield
Jimmy Baird Jimmy Baird ... Mickey Mayberry
Greta Granstedt ... Cora Mayberry
Enid Yousen Enid Yousen ... Frieda
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Storyline

Count Dracula kills a passenger on a train in Transylvania and assumes his identity. He travels to a small community in California where the Mayberrys are expecting their cousin from Europe. His strange behavior, sleeping all day and going out at night are surprising to young miss Rachel Mayberry. A policeman from Europe comes to investigate while Rachel's best friend Jenny dies unexpectedly. And the count plans on giving Rachel the gift of eternal life... Written by Mattias Thuresson

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DRACULA-The Most Terrifying Name in the History of the World See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for images of vampire violence | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

April 1958 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Curse of Dracula See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$125,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Gramercy Pictures (II) See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

This film was first released as the top half of a double bill with The Flame Barrier (1958). See more »

Goofs

When Count Dracula enters Rachel's bedroom the first night as she sleeps, he tells her to remove her cross, and she pulls it off, breaking the chain. But the next morning, when picking it up off the floor where it fell, the chain is one continuous, latched loop. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
narrator: It is a known fact that there existed in Central Europe a Count Dracula. Though human in appearance and cultured in manner, he was in truth a thing undead... a force of evil... a vampire. Feeding on the blood of innocent people, he turned them into his own kind, thus spreading his evil dominion ever wider. The attempts to find and destroy this evil were never proven fully successful, and so the search continues to this very day.
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Connections

Featured in Vincent Price's Dracula (1982) See more »

Soundtracks

DIES IRAE
(from Gregorian Chants)
Arranged by Gerald Fried
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Francis Lederer This Time.
30 October 2013 | by AaronCapenBannerSee all my reviews

Paul Landres directed this better-than-expected updating of the Dracula legend. Francis Lederer(quite good) plays Count Dracula, who flees his native land when vampire-hunters threaten him. He kills a Czech artist on a train, and assumes his identity as "Cousin Bellac", who visits the man's family in America, where he stays. Young Rachel Mayberry(played by Norma Eberhardt) becomes infatuated with her "cousin", who is both suave and mysterious, which makes her boyfriend jealous. Meanwhile, Dracula proceeds to seduce a local blind girl named Jenny, with tragic consequences, which climaxes with a pursuit in a spooky cave... Good horror tale cleverly uses the premise of "Shadow Of A Doubt" to fine effect, resulting in an atmospheric Halloween-setting, with a good score. Not a classic, but better than the title would suggest.

Trivia note: Lederer would "return" as Dracula in a fine episode of the "Night Gallery" TV series called 'The Devil Is Not Mocked'.


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