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Old Dracula (1974)

Vampira (original title)
PG | | Comedy, Horror | 1975 (USA)
A faulty blood transfusion turns Dracula's wife black.

Director:

Clive Donner

Writer:

Jeremy Lloyd (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
David Niven ... Count Dracula
Teresa Graves ... Countess Vampira
Peter Bayliss ... Maltravers
Jennie Linden ... Angela
Nicky Henson Nicky Henson ... Marc
Linda Hayden ... Helga
Bernard Bresslaw ... Pottinger
Cathie Shirriff ... Nancy
Andrea Allan ... Eve
Veronica Carlson ... Ritva
Minah Bird Minah Bird ... Rose
Christopher Sandford ... Milton
Freddie Jones ... Gilmore
Frank Thornton ... Mr. King
Aimi MacDonald Aimi MacDonald ... Woman in Hotel Room
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A faulty blood transfusion turns Dracula's wife black.

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If You Liked "Young Frankenstein" You'll Love "Old Dracula!"

Genres:

Comedy | Horror

Certificate:

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

1975 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Old Drac See more »

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World Film Services See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

John Moffat was interviewed for the role of Maltravers. See more »

Goofs

When Dracula is attempting to gain entrance to his hotel room via the window, you can see that its pitch black behind him. however, the very next scene shows that its almost daylight outside. See more »

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When You Look for a Dream
Composed & Sung by by John & Rosalind
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My Offense and Defense
1 November 2009 | by blandiefamSee all my reviews

This movie is rather offensive. Not because I am Black and that I should take offense to the premise, but that they should spoof Dracula to the point where even a card carrying Van Helsing club member would be offended. This movie seemed as if it was a British writer trying to compete with Mel Brooks. I am not offended with the premise because I must defend the actors who chose to do such a dreadful movie. Ms. Graves found popularity by being a beautiful funny Black woman on Laugh In. She needed work and wanted to also be accepted by the public and further her career. She was one of the few Black women to play a lead role with the great David Niven. David Niven, on the other hand, was in his last days as a lead and his last years on earth. He valiantly tried to make something out of nothing. I don't think he (Dracula) was concerned with the color of his bride's skin more than seeing her the way he remembered her. Vampira was sexy enough to grace the last scenes of the movie and even seduce the two lead men. It seems as if the writer was celebrating the new times and he wanted to join the party of real race relations. Ms. Graves went on to have her own series for a short while and I think she made an impact on many young girls and taught them to stand for themselves. The only thing that was disturbing to me was that the young actor playing the Don Juan like character looks a lot like Jeremy Pivens. The end was very predictable and it made the whole thing look like what it was meant to be; A meaningless pursuit of the old ways while change to the new ways ended up not being so bad. In fact the change helped in the end. This movie was fun and the limited nudity expressed some class. I would recommend it to only those with an affinity to the art of movies and you should remember the times when this was done. I believe this was just at the start of Blacksploitation, disco and spoofs. In conclusion, it was a failed attempt to suck blood from the new times and still win favor of the old school. I think I would watch it again, though.


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