The Return of the Vampire (1943)

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

An American horror film directed by Lew Landers.

Plot Summary

During World War I, an English family troubled by the vampire Armand Tesla, think that their problems are solved when they finally manage to defeat him. But later, during , Tesla's grave is disturbed by German bombs and the vampire is revived. He ensnares his former familiar, a werewolf, and starts planning his revenge.


* = uncredited

Directed by: Lew Landers
Copyright MCMXLIII by Columbia Pictures Corporation
Columbia Pictures Corporation presents
Produced by: Sam White
Screen Play by: Griffin Jay
Based Upon an Idea by: Kurt Neumann
Additional Dialogue by: Randall Faye
Directors of Photography: John Stumar, L. William O'Connell
Film Editor: Paul Borofsky
Musical Score: Mario C. Tedesco
Musical Director: M.W. Stoloff [real name: Morris Stoloff]
Special Effects by: Aaron Nibley
Art Direction: Lionel Banks
Associate [Art Director]: Victor Greene
Set Decorations: Louis Diage

Bela Lugosi (Armand Tesla)
Frieda Inescort (Lady Jane Ainsley)
Nina Foch (Niki Saunders)
Miles Mander (Sir Frederick Fleet)
Roland Varno (John Ainsley)
Matt Willis (wolf man/Andreas Obry)
Gilbert Emery (Dr Walter Saunders)
Leslie Denison (Detective Lynch)
William C.P. Austin (Detective Gannett)
Sherlee Collier (Nicky as a child)
Donald Dewar (John as a child)
Billy Bevan (Horace)
Harold De Becker (2nd civil defense worker)
Jeanne Bates (Miss Norcutt)
Tom Chatterton (Ben the butler)
Sydney Chatton (Peters the desk clerk)
Ottola Nesmith (Elsa the governess)
George McKay [cemetery caretaker] *

Extracts included in
Vincent Price's Dracula (1982)

Production Notes

In the UK, the final shot of Tesla's face melting in the sunlight was cut by the British Board of Film Censor's.



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