The Return of Dracula (1958)

35mm film, black and white, 1.37:1
mono, English

An American horror film directed by Paul Landres. Production began on 3 September 1957.

Plot Summary

steals the identity of artist Belac Cordell who he kills on a train in Transylvania. He arrives in Carleton, California where the Mayberry family are waiting for their cousin Belac to arrive from Europe. He moves in with the family who are increasingly concerned by his strange behaviour – and soo, he's looking for new victims…


* = uncredited

Directed by: Paul Landres
© MCMLVIII by Gramercy Pictures, Inc.
Gramercy Pictures presents a United Artists release
Produced by: Jules V. Levy, Arthur Gardner
Story and Screenplay by: Pat Fielder
Assistant Director: Bernard F. McEveety
Dialogue Director: Dan Gachman
Script Supervisor: Virginia Mazzuca
Director of Photography: Jack MacKenzie
Film Editor: Sherman A. Rose
Music by: Gerald Fried
Music Editor: George Brand
Sound Recording: Jack Goodrich, Frank Moran
Makeup Artist: Stanley Smith
Art Director: James D. Vance
Set Decoration: Rudy Butler
Locations: Bronson Caves, Bronson Canyon, Griffith Park, Los Angeles, California, USA; Brush Canyon, Griffith Park, Los Angeles, California, USA; Palms Depot, Heritage Square Museum, Highland Park, Los Angeles, California, USA
Casting: Kerwin Coughlin

Francis Lederer (Count Dracula/'Bellac Gordal')
Norma Eberhardt (Rachel Mayberry)
Ray Stricklyn (Tim Hansen)
John Wengraf (John Merriman)
Virginia Vincent (Jennie Blake)
Gage Clarke (Doctor Reverend Whitfield)
Jimmy Baird (Mickey Mayberry)
Greta Granstedt (Cora Mayberry)
Enid Yousen [Frieda]
John McNamara [Sheriff Bicknell] *
Harry Harvey Sr [station agent] *
Mel F. Allen [Mel] *
Dan Gachman [County Clerk] *
Hope Summers [Cornelia] *
Robert Lynn [Dr Paul Beecher] *
Belle Mitchell [Cornelia] *
Norbert Schiller [Bellac Gordal] *
Charles Tannen [Mack Bryant, immigration official] *

Alternative Titles

Il bacio dello spettro – Italy
The Curse of Dracula – shooting title
The Fantastic Disappearing Man – UK

Extracts included in
Dracula: A Cinematic Scrapbook (1991)
Nightmare Theatre's Late Night Chill-o-Rama Horror Show Vol 1 (1996)
Vincent Price's Dracula (1982)



  • The Daily Cinema no.8076 (5 November 1958) p.6
  • Fangoria no.130 (March 1994) p.35 – illustrated video review (The video eye of Dr. Cyclops)
  • Fangoria no.263 (May 2007) pp.78-83 – illustrated interview with Virginia Vincent (The Hills of Virginia by Tom Weaver)
  • The Film Daily vol.113 no.83 (29 April 1958) p.12
  • The Hollywood Reporter vol.149 no.28 (16 April 1958) p.4
  • Kinematograph Weekly no.2674 (13 November 1958) p.24
  • Legend no.28 (1999) p.38 – soundtrack review (CD Reviews by Graham Watt)
  • Midi-Minuit Fantastique no.4/5 (January 1963) p.155
  • Monthly Film Bulletin vol.25 no.299 (December 1958) p.154
  • Motion Picture Herald vol.211 no.8 (24 May 1958) p.841
  • Variety 16 April 1958


  • Cinematic by John L. Flynn p.80
  • Dracula in the Dark: The Dracula Film Adaptations by James Craig Holte p.65 – note
  • by Walt Lee p.398-399 – credits
  • Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror Film Sequels, Series, and Remakes by Kim R. Holston and Tom Winchester pp.137-139
  • Unsung Horrors by Eric McNaughton & Darrell Buxton (eds) pp.190-191 – illustrated review (by Martin Dallard)