Trailer for the "Pre-Code" vampire-horror film directed by Tod Browning and starring Bela Lugosi as Count Dracula. The film was produced by Universal and is based on the 1924 stage play Dracula by Hamilton Deane and John L. Balderston, which in turn is loosely based on the novel Dracula by Bram Stoker. Already a huge hit on Broadway, the Deane/Balderston Dracula play would become the blueprint as the production gained momentum. The screenwriters carefully studied the silent, unauthorized version, Nosferatu for inspiration. One bit of business lifted directly from a nearly identical scene in Nosferatu that does not appear in Stoker's novel was the early scene at the Count's castle when Renfield accidentally pricks his finger on a paper clip and it starts to bleed, and Dracula creeps toward him with glee, only to be repelled when the crucifix falls in front of the bleeding finger. Bela Lugosi was so desperate to repeat his stage success and play the Count Dracula role for the film version, that he agreed to a contract paying him $500 per week for a seven week shooting schedule, an insultingly small amount even during the days of the Depression. 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. After two months of negotiations, Mrs. Stoker reportedly lowered her price from $200,000 to $60,000. This, however, further demonstrated to Universal how desperate Lugosi was to repeat his stage success as Count Dracula and secure the film role for himself. Sources: IMBb and Wikipedia.
It's been 25 years since Count Dracula went after Winona Ryder in 'Bram Stoker's Dracula'. To celebrate, we took a look back at Dracula through the years. Who portrayed your favorite Count? IMDb: http://imdb.to/2joj2Uc
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This is a stand-alone class on the 1931 movie Dracula, directed by Tod Browning and starring Bela Lugosi, and it is also the bonus ninth week of the eight-week Frankenstein Course from Clockworks Academy. Go to https://clockworksacademy.com/courses to sign up for courses on Frankenstein, Dracula, Werewolves, Beowulf, and Zombies, all taught by Dr. Paul Moffett! -------------------------------------------------------- Here is a list of books, articles, essays, and movies I consulted in preparation for this lecture: Barthes, Roland. S/Z. Blackwell, 1990. Flynn, John L. Cinematic Vampires : the Living Dead on Film and Television, from The Devil's Castle (1896) to Bram Stoker's Dracula (1992). McFarland & Co., 1992. Hunt, Leon, et al. Screening the Undead : Vampires and Zombies in Film and Television. 2014. Joslin, Lyndon W. Count Dracula Goes to the Movies : Stoker's Novel Adapted, 1922-1995. McFarland & Co., 1999. Klinger, Leslie S. Notes to The New Annotated Dracula by Bram Stoker. Norton, 2008. Kristeva, Julia. Desire in Language : a Semiotic Approach to Literature and Art. Columbia University Press, 1980. Laemmle, Carl et al. Dracula. Fullscreen. ed., Universal Studios, 1999. Peirse, Alison. Dracula on Film, 1931 - 1959. In: Lockhurst, R, (ed.) The Cambridge Companion to ‘Dracula'. Cambridge Companions to Literature . Cambridge University Press, 2017. Rickels, Laurence A., and ProQuest. The Vampire Lectures. University of Minnesota Press, 1999. Skal, David J. Hollywood Gothic : the Tangled Web of Dracula from Novel to Stage to Screen. Norton, 1990. Skal, David. “Feature Commentary” on Carl Laemmle et al. Dracula. Fullscreen. ed., Universal Studios, 1999. Stoker, Bram. Dracula. Dover, 2000. Ursini, James., and Alain Silver. The Vampire Film. A. S. Barnes, 1975. Weinstock, Jeffrey Andrew. The Vampire Film : Undead Cinema. Wallflower, 2012. Williamson, Milly. The Lure of the Vampire : Gender, Fiction and Fandom from Bram Stoker to Buffy. Wallflower, 2005. Wolf, Leonard. Notes to The Annotated Dracula by Bram Stoker. Clarkson N. Potter, 1975. Plus wikipedia and IMDB to double check actor and crew member names and dates. -------------------------------------------------------- The motion picture Dracula copyright by Universal Studios, 1931. Frankenstein copyright Universal Studios, 1931. The Mummy copyright Universal Studios, 1932. Bram Stoker’s Dracula copyright by Columbia Pictures, 1992. Sesame Street copyright Sesame Workshop, 2019. My use of clips from copyrighted materials in this lecture is fair use since the material is used in an educational context for analysis of the text, the clips are not presented in such as way as to diminish the market or value of the copyrighted work, I am not profiting from the use of the copyrighted material, and the total quoted material is equal to less than 10% of the content of the copyrighted film. Dracula is available to rent via YouTube and Google Play and probably elsewhere too!
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Xeno says: My opinion on the 1931 horror classic. Dracula by Tod Browning Dracula on IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0021814/
**UPDATED BELOW** After watching Bela Lugosi speak of his lost original (1931) Dracula ring, I was curious to find out more, and whether it was the same one I kept seeing him wear in several other films. I did a bit of research, and this is what I came up with. Please excuse the poor resolution of my screen captures: most Bela Lugosi very early films are now in the public domain, which means that anyone can copy and distribute or market them freely. Unfortunately, this often results in VHS-like blurry quality and finding sharp DVDs can apparently prove time-consuming, frustrating, if not near impossible. The image of Women of All Nations (1931) got clipped out during the reediting process, so Bela is missing from the photo but it can be viewed here: https://c1.staticflickr.com/8/7390/16358326572_c3ccdb2df2_b.jpg Besides my screen-caps here, photos were culled from Google Images from different websites. As I am not the owner, I am merely using them here for educational purposes, per the Fair Use law. The screen capture, which I branded "poison ring height", and shows the best scroll-like detail of the ring setting at 0:23, was found on a Yuku "Classic Monster Kids Horror" forum, and was there initially shared by user aka Count Gamula. UPDATE 06/25/17: The photo at 0:35 is of The Whispering Shadow. (Took me a while to place it as I haven't yet seen this one!) Apparently Bela Lugosi wears the ring in certain chapters of this serial. According to IMDb, filming was completed in December of 1932. So this came right after Chandu The Magician.
Awful Movie Reviews: http://www.somethingawful.com/movie-reviews/ From "Dracula 3000", 2004 (TV). http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0367677/?ref_=nv_sr_1
Dr. Frankenstein's insane grandson attempts to create horrible monsters in modern day L.A. Director: Richard E. Cunha (as Richard Cunha) Writer: H.E. Barrie (screenplay) Stars: John Ashley, Sandra Knight, Donald Murphy