Dracula (1931)

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Cinema with The VALiens: Dracula (1931)

Dracula is a 1931 vampire-horror film directed by Tod Browning and starring Bela Lugosi as the title character. The film was produced by Universal and is based on the stage play of the same name by Hamilton Deane and John L. Balderston, which in turn is based on the novel Dracula by Bram Stoker.

When the film finally premiered at the Roxy Theatre in New York on February 12, 1931,[1] newspapers reported that members of the audiences fainted in shock at the horror on screen. This publicity, shrewdly orchestrated by the film studio, helped ensure people came to see the film, if for no other reason than curiosity. Dracula was a big gamble for a major Hollywood studio to undertake. In spite of the literary credentials of the source material, it was uncertain if an American audience was prepared for a serious full length supernatural chiller. Though America had been exposed to other chillers before, such as The Cat and the Canary (1927), this was a horror story with no comic relief or trick ending that downplayed the supernatural.

Directed by       

  • Tod Browning
  • Karl Freund

Produced by     

  • Tod Browning
  • Carl Laemmle, Jr.

Screenplay by  

  • Garrett Fort

Based on            

  • Dracula (novel) by Bram Stoker


  • Bela Lugosi
  • Helen Chandler
  • David Manners
  • Dwight Frye
  • Edward Van Sloan


Dracula 1931

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