The Return of the Vampire

The Return of the Vampire

Bela Lugosi
Director: Lew Landers Cast: Bela Lugosi
Bela Lugosi
, Frieda Inescort
Frieda Inescort
, Nina Foch
Nina Foch
Lew Landers


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He looks like Dracula, talks like Dracula and dresses like Dracula; but since the movie rights to Dracula were controlled by Universal, Bela Lugosi's character name is Armand Tesla in Columbia's Return of the Vampire. Bringing the Old Legend up to date, the film contrives to have the blood-sucking Tesla rise from his coffin when his tomb is blasted open during the London Blitz. Making up for lost time (he's been interred since WW1), Tesla enlists the aid of talking werewolf Andreas (Matt Willis), who brings him provisions and seeks out new victims. The next soft white neck on Tesla's list belongs to the lovely Nicki Saunders (Nina Foch), but not if Lady Jane Ainsley (Frieda Inescort), who knows what the mysterious stranger is really up to, has anything to say about it. Incidentally, the girl playing Tesla's victim in the opening credits is an unbilled Jeanne Bates.

Product Details

Release Date: 02/19/2019
UPC: 0826663195569
Original Release: 1943
Rating: NR
Source: Shout Factory
Region Code: A
Time: 1:10:00
Sales rank: 20,930

Special Features

New Commentary wiht Author/Film Historian Lee Gambin; New Commentary with Author/Film Historian Gary Don Rhodes; New Commentary with Film Historian Troy Howarth; Theatrical Trailer; Still Gallery

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Bela Lugosi Armand Tesla
Frieda Inescort Lady Jane Ainsley
Nina Foch Nicki Saunders
Roland Varno John Ainsley
Miles Mander Sir Frederick Fleet
Matt Willis Andreas Obry
Ottola Nesmith Elsa
Gilbert Emery Professor Saunders
Leslie Denison Lynch
William Austin Actor
Jeanne Bates Frightened woman (uncredited)
Billy Bevan Actor
Sherlee Collier Actor
George McKay Actor
Donald Dewar Actor

Technical Credits
Lew Landers Director
Lionel Banks Art Director
Paul Borofsky Editor
Clay Campbell Makeup
Louis Diage Set Decoration/Design
Randall H. Faye Screenwriter
Griffin Jay Screenwriter
Lewis William O'Connell Cinematographer
Morris W. Stoloff Musical Direction/Supervision
John Stumar Cinematographer
Sam White Producer

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