Dracula (1973a)

USA, UK, 1973
35mm film, colour, 4:3
mono, English

An American/British horror television film directed by Dan Curtis.

Plot Summary

Jonathan Harker travels to remote Transylvania to administer the sale of some property in England to the Count Dracula. But once inside the Count’s imposing castle, Harker realises too late that Dracula is really a vampire – and he soon has his eye on Harker’s fiancĂ©e, Mina.


Director: Dan Curtis
A Dan Curtis production, Latglen Ltd, Universal TV
Producer: Dan Curtis
Associate Producer: Robert Singer
Script: Richard Matheson
Novel: Bram Stoker
Director of Photography: Oswald Morris
Editor: Richard A. Harris
Editor (UK): Tony Palk
Music: Robert Cobert
Sound Mixer: Roy Charmon
Costume Designer: Ruth Myers
Make-up: Paul Rabiger
Hair: Bobbie Smith
Special Effects: Kit West
Production Designer: Trevor Williams
Locations: England, UK; Yugoslavia
Casting: Boaty Boatwright Baker

Jack Palance (Count Dracula)
Simon Ward (Arthur Holmwood)
Nigel Davenport (Doctor Van Helsing)
Pamela Brown (Mrs Westenra)
Fiona Lewis (Lucy Westerna)
Penelope Horner (Mina Murray)
Murray Brown (Jonathan Harker)
Virginia Wetherall, Barbara Lindley, Sarah Douglas (Dracula’s wives)
George Pravda (innkeeper)
Hanna-Maria Pravda (innkeeper’s wife)
Reg Lye (zookeeper)
Fred Stone (priest)
Roy Spencer (Whitby Inn clerk)
John Challis (Stockton-on-Tees clerk)
Nigel Gregory Midvale shipping clerk)
John Pennington (Richmond shipping clerk)
Martin Read (coastguard)
Gita Denise (Madam Kristoff)

Alternative Titles

Bram Stoker’s Dracula
Kreivi Dracula
– Finland



  • CinemaTV Today no.10029 (28 April 1973) p.10 – note (Winston’ star gets long in the tooth)
  • Video Watchdog no.15 pp.11-12 – review


  • Count Dracula Goes to the Movies: Stoker’s Novel Adapted (3rd Edition) by Lyndon W. Joslin pp.81-89 – illustrated credits, synopsis, production notes, review
  • Cyborgs, Santa Claus and Satan: Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Films Made for Television by Fraser A. Sherman pp.6 – credits
  • Dracula in Visual Media: Film, Television, Comic Book and Electronic Game Appearances, 1921-2010 by John Edgar Browning and Caroline Joan (Kay) Picart pp.64-66 – illustrated credits, review
  • Hoffman’s Guide to SF, Horror and Fantasy Movies p.112 – credits, review
  • Horror and Science Fiction Films II by Donald C. Willis p.108 – credits
  • The Illustrated Vampire Movie Guide by Stephen Jones p.72 – credits, review
  • Richard Matheson on Screen: A History of the Filmed Works by Matthew R. Bradley pp.186-192 – illustrated credits, review