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Dracula's Daughter (1936)

Approved | | Drama, Fantasy, Horror | 11 May 1936 (USA)
Hungarian countess Marya Zaleska seeks the aid of a noted psychiatrist, hoping to free herself of a mysterious evil influence.

Director:

Lambert Hillyer

Writers:

Garrett Fort (screenplay), Bram Stoker (story) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Otto Kruger ... Jeffrey Garth
Gloria Holden ... Countess Marya Zaleska (Dracula's Daughter)
Marguerite Churchill ... Janet
Edward Van Sloan ... Professor Von Helsing
Gilbert Emery ... Sir Basil Humphrey
Irving Pichel ... Sandor
Halliwell Hobbes ... Hawkins (as Halliwell Hobbs)
Billy Bevan ... Albert
Nan Grey ... Lili (as Nan Gray)
Hedda Hopper ... Lady Esme Hammond
Claud Allister ... Sir Aubrey (as Claude Allister)
Edgar Norton ... Hobbs
E.E. Clive ... Sergeant Wilkes
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Storyline

Prof. Van Helsing is in danger of prosecution for the murder of Dracula...until a hypnotic woman steals the Count's body and cremates it. Bloodless corpses start appearing in London again, and Hungarian countess Marya Zaleska seeks the aid of Jeffrey Garth, psychiatrist, in freeing herself of a mysterious evil influence. The scene changes from foggy London back to that eerie road to the Borgo Pass... Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | German

Release Date:

11 May 1936 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Universal Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Originally, Universal wanted to make a sequel based on Bram Stoker's short story 'Dracula's Guest' and negotiated with Stoker's widow Florence. During the talks between the two, it was discovered that Bram Stoker had not complied with one requirement of the U.S Copyright office with his novel 'Dracula', which rendered it public domain in the United States. Because Florence wanted more creative control over the sequel, and Bela Lugosi wanted more money to reprise the role of Count Dracula, Universal instead hired John L. Balderston to write a new story. See more »

Goofs

Prof. Van Helsing claims that Count Dracula died about 500 years previous and that his daughter Countess Zaleska died about 100 years previous. Assuming that a vampire cannot sire a child, Van Helsing must be wrong about at least one of the dates of death. See more »

Quotes

Dr. Garth: I'm a psychiatrist, Professor, not a lawyer. I'd do anything in the world to help you, but what?
Prof. Von Helsing: You must convince them of my sanity.
Dr. Garth: If I do that they'll hang you for murder.
Prof. Von Helsing: You can't murder a man who's been dead for five centuries.
Dr. Garth: Talking like that won't help.
Prof. Von Helsing: When you were a student under me in Vienna, Jeffrey, you had a far more open mind.
Dr. Garth: My mind is just as open as it ever was, Professor, but it's a scientific mind, and there's no place in it for superstition.
Prof. Von Helsing: Superstition? Who can ...
[...]
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Connections

Follows Frankenstein (1931) See more »

Soundtracks

Nocturne No.5 in F Sharp Major, Op.15-2
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Music by Frédéric Chopin
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Vintage Universal Fare
10 September 1999 | by BaronBl00dSee all my reviews

Dracula's Daughter is a Universal monster movie made in 1936, picking up where the original Dracula left off. The opening scene has the police discovering that Dr. Van Helsing has just staked Count Dracula. The plot moves quickly on with two strands, one involving a friend of Van Helsing.....Dr. Jeffrey Garth....in pursuit of defending his colleague and the other strand involving the daughter of Dracula....Marya Zaleska....in London trying to rid herself of her family curse finding it an impossible task. The two strands finally meet and intertwine. The movie has some rather obvious shortcomings. One is Otto Kruger, whom is irritating as one reviewer earlier stated. He is lacklustre and pompous in a very hollow way. The film also lacks a credible story line and is given in to the temptation of assuming a great deal from the viewer. However, Dracula's Daughter still is a very enjoyable film. It has wonderful atmosphere, grand sets(particularly when in Translyvania), and a good performance from Holden as the lead and Van Sloan in a reprise of his role as the good doctor Van Helsing. Above all it has a wonderfully eerie, disturbing, and macabre performance from Irving Pinchel as the servant of the female vampire. He is her reminder of what she is, and he never lets her forget that curse which forces her to live by night and sleep by day.


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