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Dracula (1931)


8.6
Dracula (1931)

Overview

Production co: Universal Pictures

75 min 12 February 1931 (USA)

Library synopsis: [En] The first 20 minutes – predominantly silent, with the arrival of Renfield and the drive to Castle Dracula with a bat leading the way – are astonishingly fluid and brilliantly shot by despite the painted backdrops. The London scenes growing in verbosity and staginess, the hammy limitations of Bela Lugosi’s performance are cruelly exposed. But the brilliant moments continue, and camerawork rarely falters. Written by Phil Hardy

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Cult stars: Bela Lugosi, Helen Chandler, David Manners, Dwight Frye, Herbert Bunston

Cult relevance index: 9.2 / 10

Note:  Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, , 2013, Won, Saturn Award, Best DVD/Blu-Ray Collection, Universal Classic Monsters: The Essential Collection.  |  National Film Preservation Board, , 2000, Won, National Film Registry.  |  Satellite Awards, 2008, Nominated, Satellite Award, Best Classic DVD, 75th Anniversary Edition.  |  As of August 2013, is the only living cast member of this film.  |  John Carradine was among the actors considered for the title role essayed by Lugosi.  |  Before he was cast as Count Dracula, Bela Lugosi acted as an unpaid intermediary for Universal Pictures in negotiating with the widow of author Bram Stoker in an attempt to persuade her to lower her asking price for the filming rights to the Dracula property.  |  Universal acquired the film rights to “Dracula” from Bram Stoker’s widow and the play’s writer  for $40,000.  |  When Bela Lugosi died in 1956, he was buried wearing the black silk cape he wore for this film.  |  The spider webs in Dracula’s castle were created by shooting rubber cement from a rotary gun.  |  When Universal purchased the rights to the 1927 Broadway play, Lon Chaney was considered for the title role. However, Chaney died on August 26, 1930, and the role went to Bela Lugosi.  |  A -language version, Drácula, was filmed at night on the same set at the same time, with -speaking actors.  |  Featured in Dracula: A Cinematic Scrapbook (1991).

Gallery photos:118

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Essential inner links and references

Dell Movie Classic [USA / 1962 - October-December 12-231-212] (cm)  | The Aurum Film Encyclopedia – Horror [UK / 1996] (bk) |  Mad Doctors, Monsters and Mummies [UK / 1991] (bk)  |  Midi – Minuit Fantastique [France / Nr. 9 - July 1964] (mg)  |  Monster Memories [USA / Nr. 1 - January 1993] (mg)  |  Mad Movies [France / Nr. 16 - October 1977] (fz)  |  Monster Bis [France / Nr. 120 - Le Gothique a L'Anglo-Saxonne] (fz)

Dracula

Dracula [USA / 1997] (bk)  |  The Illustrated Vampire Movie Guide [UK / 1993] (bk)  |  Cinemacabre [USA / Nr.1 - Winter-Spring 1978-1979] (mg)  |  Cult Movies [USA / Nr. 27 - 1998] (mg)  |  Exciting Cinema [UK / Vol. 2 - Nr. 1 - 1972] (mg)  |  Midi – Minuit Fantastique [France / Nr. 4-5 - January 1963] (mg)  |  Dell Movie Classic [USA / 1962 - October-December 12-231-212] (cm)  |  L’Ecran Fantastique – Spécial Vampires [France / Nr. 2 - 1971] (mg)  |  Terror Fantastic [Spain / A. 1 - Nr. 3 - December 1971] (mg)  |  Terror Fantastic [Spain / A. 2 - Nr. 9 - June 1972] (mg)  |  Terror Fantastic [Spain / A. 2 - Nr. 10 - July 1972] (mg)  |  Midnight Marquee [USA / Nr. 55 - Fall 1997] (mg)  |  Scarlet Street [USA / Nr. 8 - Fall 1992] (mg)  |   Monster Bis [France / Nr. 138 - Dracula] (fz)  |  Vampir [West Germany / Nr. 1 - October 1972] (fz)  |  Vampir [West Germany / Nr. 2 - January 1973] (fz)  |  Vampir [West Germany / Nr. 4 - July 1973] (fz)  |  The House That Hammer Built [UK / Special Issue: Dracula - May 1998] (fz)

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CertificationFinland:K-15 (2004) / Canada:PG (Manitoba/Ontario) / Iceland:12 / Canada:G (Nova Scotia/Quebec) / Spain:T / Norway:16 (1931) / USA:TV-PG (TV rating) / Netherlands:14 (original rating) (1931) / Argentina:13 / Australia:PG / Germany:12 / UK:PG / USA:Approved / Sweden:7
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Release dateUSA 12 February 1931 (New York City, New York) | USA 14 February 1931 | Netherlands 31 July 1931 | Japan 8 October 1931 | Sweden 13 November 1931 | France 22 January 1932 | Turkey 1935 | Uruguay 15 February 1945 | USA 1 June 1947 (re-release) | West Germany 14 January 1970 (TV premiere) | Portugal 16 March 1976 | Finland 29 June 1988 (TV premiere) | Japan 23 November 1996 (re-release)
Also known asDrácula Argentina / Brazil / Mexico / Portugal / Spain / Uruguay | Dracula Italy Dracula primo Italy (alternative title) | Drakula Hungary / Turkey (Turkish title) | Dracula France | Dracula - vanha vampyyri Finland (TV title) | Dracula de vampier Netherlands | Drakoulas Greece (reissue title) | Ksiaze Dracula Poland | Mysteriet 'Dracula' Sweden | O kapetan Vrykolakas Greece (transliterated ISO-LATIN-1 title)
Filming locationsChatham Historic Dockyard, Chatham, Kent, England, UK | Little Europe, Backlot, Universal Studios - 100 Universal City Plaza, Universal City, California, USA | Stage 12, Universal Studios - 100 Universal City Plaza, Universal City, California, USA | Stage 28, Universal Studios - 100 Universal City Plaza, Universal City, California, USA | Vasquez Rocks Natural Area Park - 10700 W. Escondido Canyon Rd., Agua Dulce, California, USA | (opening sequence - Renfield's coach) | Whitby, North Yorkshire, England, UK
Box office/businessBudget: $355,000 (estimated) | Filming Dates: 29 September 1930 - 15 November 1930 (additional scenes: ? - 13 December 1930) (retakes: ? - 2 January 1931) | Copyright Holder: Universal Pictures Corp.; 2 February 1931; LP1947 (in copyright registry)
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Distribution companyUniversal Pictures (1931) (USA) (theatrical) | Croeze en Bosman (1931) (Netherlands) (theatrical) | Universal Pictures (1938) (USA) (theatrical) (re-release) | Universal Pictures (1947) (USA) (theatrical) (re-release) | Realart Pictures (1951) (USA) (theatrical) (re-release) | Screen Gems (1957) (USA) (TV) | Pantmedia (Italy) (VHS) | C.I.C. Video (Italy) (VHS) | Mondadori Video (Italy) (VHS) | MCA Videocassette (1980) (USA) (VHS) | Universal Studios (1999) (USA) (VHS) | Universal Home Entertainment (2004) (USA) (DVD) | Emerald (2006) (Argentina) (DVD) | Universal Pictures Benelux (2010) (Netherlands) (DVD) | MCA/Universal Home Video (USA) (VHS) | MCA/Universal Home Video (USA) (laserdisc)
RuntimeUSA: 75 min
Technical specificationsSound Mix: Mono (Western Electric Sound System) | Color: Black and White (tinted) | Aspect Ratio: 1.37 : 1 | Laboratory: Universal Studios Laboratory, USA | Film length (metres): (9 reels) | Film negative format (mm/video inches): 35 mm | Cinematographic process: Spherical | Printed film format: 35 mm

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