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Forums Index -> Dread Central Cinema -> Official Watch Thread 11/9/07: Dracula (1931)
American Werewolf
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LivingDeadPunk wrote:
Playing, sir.
Well said! I think Swan Lake also plays in Universal's The Mummy. Until recently I hadn't noticed how similiar the Mummy is to Dracula's story.
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American Werewolf wrote:
In the first scene, the young woman reading from the tourist book was played by Carla Laemmle. Her uncle was Carl Laemmle, the founder and head of Universal Pictures.
Nepotism at it's finest.
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Universal was on the verge of bankruptcy when they made this film for very little money. It went on to be such a huge hit it saved the studio. Following with films such as Frankenstein, The Mummy, and The Wolf Man, Universal was the studio that horror saved.
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When Carl Laemmle moved Universal to California in 1914, a version of "Dracula" was one of the first projects being considered. It was over fifteen years before this version was produced.
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As was done for Frankenstein (1931), the original release featured a prologue introduction with Edward Van Sloan. This prologue was removed for the 1936 re-release. This footage is now assumed to be lost.
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The role of Dracula was originally meant for Lon Chaney.
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The original plan was to make a big-budget adaptation of "Dracula" that would adhere strictly to Bram Stoker's novel. However, with the Great Depression, Universal didn't have the money to make such a sprawling film. Instead, they opted to adapt the much less expensive Hamilton Deane stage play.
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Director Tod Browning would go on to do the film Freaks which practically ended his career. The film was almost thought to have disappeared until it resurfaced at film festivals in the 50's where it went on to give praise to Browning.
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Jonathan Harker was later played by Keanu Reeves in the 1992 Coppola version. Neutral
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Bela Lugosi played the role of Dracula on Broadway in 1927 before touring the country with the show. The American performance of the British stage actor Hamilton Deane's adaptation of the book was a smashing success. Soon after the play began touring Universal started to express interest in the script.
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This film needs a better restoration.
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American Werewolf wrote:
Bela Lugosi played the role of Dracula on Broadway in 1927 before touring the country with the show. The American performance of the British stage actor Hamilton Deane's adaptation of the book was a smashing success. Soon after the play began touring Universal started to express interest in the script.
Bela Lugosi was great in The Invisible Ray as Karloff's sidekick.
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Gory wrote:
Jonathan Harker was later played by Keanu Reeves in the 1992 Coppola version. Neutral

It makes my head hurt just thinking about that. Coppola admitted he needed a poplular face in the movie. Unfortunatley they picked Neo. Take out Reeves and you have the most faithful adaptation of Stoker's novel though.
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I wish more studios restored their classic films as well as Warner Bros. does.
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American Werewolf wrote:
Gory wrote:
Jonathan Harker was later played by Keanu Reeves in the 1992 Coppola version. Neutral

It makes my head hurt just thinking about that. Coppola admitted he needed a poplular face in the movie. Unfortunatley they picked Neo. Take out Reeves and you have the most faithful adaptation of Stoker's novel though.
I love that movie either way. He doesn't bother me that much. I just like to make fun of him. Laughing
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