Dracula (1931)

USA, 1930
35mm, black and white
mono, English

An American horror film directed by Tod Browning. Although it wasn't the first of Universal's horror films, it was the most successful and influential, initiating a wave of genre films from Universal and other studios that would continue throughout the 1930s and 40s. It's also notable for introducing Hungarian ex-pat Bela Lugosi to the world of screen horror. It was first released in the USA on 12 February .

Plot Summary

When estate agent John Harker visits the Count at his castle in Transylvania, he sets in motion a tragic series of events that brings the undead Dracula to England and in conflict with vampire expert Professor .


* = uncredited

Directed by: Tod Browning
Copyright MCMXXXI [1931] by Universal Pictures Corporation
Carl Laemmle presents a Tod Browning production. It's a Universal picture
Produced by: Carl Laemmle Jr
Associate Producer: E.M. Asher
By Bram Stoker
From the Play Adapted by: Hamilton Deane & John L. Balderston
Adaption: Louis Stevens *
Scenario Supervisor: Charles Logue *
Treatments: Frederick Stephani *, Louis Bromfield *
Additional Dialogue: Dudley Murphy *
Continuity: Louis Bromfield *, Dudley Murphy *
Cinematographer: Karl Freund
Supervising Film Editor: Maurice Pivar
Film Editor: Milton Carruth
Music: Franz Schubert [from Symphony no.8 – uncredited]; Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky [from Swan Lake – uncredited]; Richard Wagner *; Philip Glass [new score for 1999 re-issue]
Conductor: Heinz Roemheld *
Recording Supervision: C. Roy Hunter
Western Electric Sound System
Costumes: Ed Ware *, Vera West *
Make Up: Jack P. Pierce *
Photographic Effects: Frank H. Booth *
Miniatures: William Davidson *
Art Director: Charles D. Hall
Set Designers: Herman Rosse, John Hoffman *
Set Decorator: Russell A. Gausman *
Title Art: Max Cohen *
Researcher: Nan Grant *
Locations: Los Angeles, California, USA
Casting: Phil M. Friedman *

Bela Lugosi (Count Dracula)
Helen Chandler (Mina Seward)
David Manners (John Harker)
Dwight Frye (Renfield)
Edward Van Sloan (Professor Van Helsing)
Herbert Bunston (Dr Seward)
Frances Dade (Lucy Weston)
Joan Standing (maid)
Charles Gerrard (Martin)
Moon Carroll [maid] *
Barbara Bozoky [innkeeper's wife] *
Daisy Belmore [English coach passenger] *
Nicholas Bela [Transylvanian passenger] *
Carla Laemmle [girl passenger] *
Tod Browning [voice of harbour master] *
Anita Deardorf Harder [flower girl] *
Cornelia Thaw, Geraldine Dvorak, Dorothy Tree [Dracula's wives] *

Alternative Titles

Drácula – Argentina, Brazil, Mexico, Portugal, Spain, Uruguay
Dracula – vanha vampyyri – Finland (television)
Drakoulas – Greece (re-release)
Drakula – Hungary, Turkey
O Kapetan Vrykolakas – Greece
Ksiaze Dracula – Poland
Mysteriet ‘Dracula – Sweden

Dracula's Daughter (1936)
House of Dracula (1945)
House of Frankenstein (1944)
Son of Dracula (1943)

Alternate language version
Drácula (1931)

Extracts included in
The 100 Greatest Scary Moments (2003)
The 100 Scariest Movie Moments (2004)
100 Years of Horror (1996)
20 to 1: Adults Only 20 to 1: Movie Monsters (2010)
The 53rd Annual Academy Awards (1981)
The 82nd Annual Academy Awards (2010)
AFI's 100 Years… 100 Heroes & Villains (2003)
AFI's 100 Years… 100 Movie Quotes: America's Greatest Quips, Comebacks and Catchphrases (2005)
AFI's 100 Years… 100 Thrills: America's Most Heart-Pounding Movies (2001)
The American Nightmare (2000)
Beloved Count (2007)
The Blood Is the Life: The Making of Bram Stoker's Dracula (2007)
Bloodsucking Cinema (2007)
Bride of Monster Mania (2000)
Coming Soon (1982)
The Costumes Are the Sets: The Design of Eiko Ishioka (2007)
Creature Features: Dracula/She-Wolf of London (1970)
Creature Features: Dracula/The Mummy's Ghost (1971)
The Dead Will Walk (2004)
Dracula A Cinematic Scrapbook (1991)
Dracula (1966)
The First 100 Years: A Celebration of American Movies (1995)
The Frankenstein Files: How Hollywood Made a Monster (1999)
The Haunted World of Edward D. Wood Jr. (1995)
Heartstoppers: Horror at the Movies (1992)
Histoire(s) du cinéma – 2A: Seul le cinéma (1997)
A History of Horror: Frankenstein Goes to Hollywood (2010)
Hollywood and the Stars: Monsters We've Known and Loved (1964)
Horror Business (2005)
The Horror of It All (1983)
I Saw What You Did (1988)
Innocent Blood (1992)
Lon Chaney: A Thousand Faces (2000)
Lugosi Hollywood's Dracula (1997)
The Many Faces of Christopher Lee (1996)
Masters of Horror: The V Word (2006)
Mondo Lugosi (1987)
Monster by Moonlight! The Immortal Saga of The Wolf Man (1999)
Monster Mania (1997)
Mummy Dearest: A Horror Tradition Unearthed (1999)
Night at the Golden Eagle (2001)
Now You See Him: The Invisible Man Revealed! (2000)
The Opera Ghost: A Phantom Unmasked (2000)
The Perfect Scary Movie (2005)
Precious Images (1986)
The Road to Dracula (1999)
SexTV: Blood Lust/Bodies of Evidence/Cake (2001)
SexTV: Dark Desires: Sexuality in the Horror Film (2003)
SexTV: Monstrous Desires: Sexuality and Horror/A Moment with… David Cronenberg (2005)
Sibling Rivalry (1990)
Universal Horror (1998)
Van Helsing: The Man and the Monsters (2004)
Vem var Dracula? (1975)

See also
Animaniacs: Draculee, Draculaa/Phranken-Runt (1993)
Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein (1948)
Class Reunion (1982)
Dance of the (1967)
Dracula Dead and Loving It (1995)
Dracula Exotica (1980)
Dracula Sucks (1979)
Films That Suck (1999)
Fracchia contro Dracula (1985)
The Ghost Busters: The Vampire's Apprentice (1975)
The Halloween That Almost Wasn't (1979)
The Hare-Brained Hypnotist (1942)
Here Come the Munsters (1995)
Love at First Bite (1979)
Lust for Dracula (2004)
Monster Mash (2000)
The Monster Squad (1987)
The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975)
Saturday the 14th (1981)
Scooby Doo, Where Are You!: A Gaggle of Galloping Ghosts (1969)
Silver Scream (2003)
Transylvania 6-5000 (1985)



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