This is the first screen version of Bram Stoker's famous tale based on the smash hit stage production. Count Dracula (Bela Lugosi) arrives in London and immediately works to enrapture and transform into vampires young Lucy Weston (Frances Dade) and her friend Mina Seward (Helen Chandler). After he succeeds in turning Lucy, and Mina's health suddenly deteriorates, Mina's father (Herbert Bunston), calls in a specialist, Professor Abraham Van Helsing (Edward Van Sloan). Van Helsing quickly recognizes Dracula's vampirism, and sets about saving Mina (and in the process, becomes Dracula's archenemy). The film, arguably the most influential of the legend's film versions, launched Lugosi's career in horror movies and forever invited vampires across Hollywood's threshold.
John L. Balderston - Screenwriter/Playwright
John Balderston - Screenwriter/Playwright
Bram Stoker - Author, DRACULA
Garrett Fort - Screenwriter, APPLAUSE
Garrett Elsden Fort - Screenwriter, APPLAUSE
David Manners - Actor, DRACULA (1931), MYSTERY OF EDWIN DROOD (1935)
Frances Dade - American actress, DRACULA (1931)
Hamilton Deane - Playwright\"Dracula"
Herbert Bunston - Actor, DRACULA (1931)
Helen Chandler - American stage & film actress, DRACULA (1931)
Charles D. Hall - Production Designer
Tod Browning - Writer/Director specializing in horror
Dwight Frye - American character actor, DRACULA (1931)
Bela Lugosi - Hungarian actor, DRACULA (1931),
Bela Ferenc Dezso - Hungarian actor, DRACULA (1931),
Arisztid Olt - Hungarian actor, DRACULA (1931),
Karl Freund - German-American Director Of Photography/Director
Milton Carruth - American Editor\1950s
Edward Van Sloan - American character actor,
Bela Lugosi played the role of Count Dracula in the stage play. DRACULA was added to the Library of Congress National Film Registry in 2000. This film was followed by a sequel in 1936, "Dracula's Daughter" directed by Lambert Hillyer. Tod Browning's "Dracula" was also followed by many other film versions of the Bram Stoker tale. There was the classic Hammer "Dracula" made in 1958 starring Christopher Lee and directed by Terence Fisher. That was followed in 1973 by a version starring Jack Palance in the title role. It was produced in Great Britain and directed by Dan Curtis. John Badham made a 1979 "Dracula" starring Frank Langella as the Count and Laurence Olivier as Van Helsing. The most recent version is Francis Ford Coppola's 1992 extravaganza entitled "Bram Stoker's Dracula" starring Gary Oldman, Winona Ryder and Anthony Hopkins. The granddaddy of them all, of course, is F.W. Murnau's silent 1922 masterpiece "Nosferatu" starring Max Schreck as an unforgettably creepy Dracula. It was remade in color with sound by Werner Herzog in 1979 with Klaus Kinski in the title role.
"...It is Lugosi's performance, and the cinematography of Karl Freund that make Tod Browning's film such an influential Hollywood picture..." - 09/19/1999 Chicago Sun-Times, p.5
"...Where this version really scores is in its sheer strangeness..." - 10/01/1999 Total Film, p.102