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Bela Lugosi
Director: Tod Browning Cast: Bela Lugosi
Bela Lugosi
, Helen Chandler
Helen Chandler
, David Manners
David Manners
Tod Browning


Bela Lugosi
Director: Tod Browning Cast: Bela Lugosi
Bela Lugosi
, Helen Chandler
Helen Chandler
, David Manners
David Manners
Tod Browning


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"I am....Drac-u-la. I bid you velcome." Thus does Bela Lugosi declare his presence in the 1931 screen version of Bram Stoker's Dracula. Director Tod Browning invests most of his mood and atmosphere in the first two reels, which were based on the original Stoker novel; the rest of the film is a more stagebound translation of the popular stage play by John Balderston and Hamilton Deane. Even so, the electric tension between the elegant Dracula and the vampire hunter Professor Van Helsing (Edward Van Sloan) works as well on the screen as it did on the stage. And it's hard to forget such moments as the lustful gleam in the eyes of Mina Harker (Helen Chandler) as she succumbs to the will of Dracula, or the omnipresent insane giggle of the fly-eating Renfield (Dwight Frye). Despite the static nature of the final scenes, Dracula is a classic among horror films, with Bela Lugosi giving the performance of a lifetime as the erudite Count (both Lugosi and co-star Frye would forever after be typecast as a result of this film, which had unfortunate consequences for both men's careers). Compare this Dracula to the simultaneously filmed Spanish-language version, which makes up for the absence of Lugosi with a stronger sense of visual dynamics in the lengthy dialogue sequences. In 1999, a special rerelease of Dracula was prepared featuring a new musical score written by Philip Glass and performed by The Kronos Quartet.

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Product Details

Release Date: 09/17/2013
UPC: 0025192189814
Original Release: 1931
Source: Universal Studios
Time: 1:15:00
Sales rank: 21,326

Special Features

Dracula (1931) spanish version with introduction by Lupita Tovar Kohner; The Road to Dracula; Lugosi: The Dark Prince; Dracula: The restoration; Monster tracks; Dracula archives; Alternate score by Philip Glass performed by the Kronos Quartet; Feature Commentary by film historian David J. Skal; Feature Commentary by Steve Haberman, Screenwriter of Dracula: Dead and Loving It; Trailer gallery

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Bela Lugosi Count Dracula
Helen Chandler Mina Seward
David Manners John Harker
Dwight Frye Renfield
Edward Van Sloan Dr. Van Helsing
Herbert Bunston Dr. Seward
Frances Dade Lucy Weston
Charles Gerrard Martin
Joan Standing Maid
Moon Carroll Briggs
Josephine Velez English Nurse
Lupita Tovar Actor
Pablo Alvarez Rubio Actor
Tina Saint Actor
Michael Visaroff Innkeeper
Eduardo Arozamena Actor
Daisy Belmore Coach Passenger
Manuel Arbo Actor
Barry Norton Actor
Carmen Guerrero Actor

Technical Credits
Tod Browning Director,Producer
Miton Carruth Editor
Garrett Elsden Fort Screenwriter
Karl W. Freund Cinematographer
Charles Hall Art Director
Carl Laemmle Producer
Maurice Pivar Editor

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