am Dracula.....I bid you
cast of characters...
van helsing.....edward van sloan
john harker......david manners
screenplay by.....garret fort
based on the novel by
and on the play by
hamilton deane and john balderston
directed by......tod browning
produced by.....carl laemmle,jr.
and tod browning
Released in 1931 by Universal Pictures, "Dracula"
struck a vain..er.. nerve in the American movie going public the likes
of which had yet to be realized in the horror form.
It is those very 'good people', the villagers that try to dissuade
a young traveler from his planned trip to Carfax Abby, domain of the
evil Count, and keep Mr. Renfield, played brilliantly by Dwight Frye,
from his "appointment" with destiny, knowing full well what awaits him.
Anyway....once in London, the Count wastes little
time in indulging in his carnal lusts, sucking the blood of his victims,
as he spreads fear across the countryside. And indulging in the pleasure
of Mina, young finacee' to a Mr.Harker, who is pretty pissed at the
Eventually, our fiend is hunted down by Parker and Van Helsing, and taken out for stake, literally, as London is saved.
Interestingly enough, Lugosi only played Dracula one other time (Abbott & Costello meet Frankenstein), yet his portrayal is widely recognized by movie historians as the "definitive" Dracula.
And because of this films incredible success, Universal decided to make a movie that had been 'on the shelf' for some time. A little tale called "Frankenstein". So in a way, Lugosi's Dracula cleared the path for what we now know as Universal Monster Classics.