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* CreatorBacklash: David Manners (Harker) ''hated'' this movie and hated talking about it. Considering he had easily the worst role in the film it's hard to blame him.

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* CreatorBacklash: David Manners (Harker) ''hated'' this movie and hated talking about it. Considering he had easily the worst role in the film with much less to do than the book's Harker, it's hard difficult to blame him.

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* CompletelyDifferentTitle: Became ''Vampire'' in Taiwan.


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* TheForeignSubtitle:
** Finland: ''Dracula: Old Vampire''
** Netherlands: ''Dracula the Vampire''


* UrbanLegend: While it is rumored that Creator/BelaLugosi, could not speak English very well, and had to learn his lines phonetically, this is not true. Lugosi was speaking English as well as he ever would by the time this was filmed.

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* UrbanLegend: While it is rumored that Creator/BelaLugosi, could not speak English very well, and had to learn his lines phonetically, this is not true. Lugosi had lived in the United States for a decade by 1931, and was speaking English as well as he ever would by the time this was filmed.


* UsefulNotes/AFIS100YearsSeries
** AFIS100Years100Thrills: #85
** AFIS100Years100HeroesAndVillains:
*** #33 Villain, Count Dracula
** AFIS100Years100MovieQuotes:
*** #83, "Listen to them. Children of the night. What music they make."



* AwesomeDearBoy[=/=]DoingItForTheArt: Creator/BelaLugosi was so eager 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.

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* AwesomeDearBoy[=/=]DoingItForTheArt: AwesomeDearBoy: Creator/BelaLugosi was so eager 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.


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** Creator/LewAyres was originally cast as Johnathan Harker.

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* ActorSharedBackground: Fittingly enough, Creator/BelaLugosi was Hungarian. When the original novel had been published, Transylvania was in Austro-Hungary.


** Of special note is the Spainsh version of the film, which was shot concurrently at night using the same costumes and sets (a not-uncommon practice for early talkies). Despite having less shooting time and a smaller budget, the Spanish production averted troubles and benefitted from the missteps made by their Anglo counterparts, viewing the English dailies before filming to improve their own work. Considered a lost film until it was rediscovered in the 1970's, it is now considered by many film historians to be the superior film of the two.

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** Of special note is the Spainsh Spanish version of the film, which was shot concurrently at night using the same costumes and sets (a not-uncommon practice for early talkies). Despite having less shooting time and a smaller budget, the Spanish production averted troubles and benefitted from the missteps made by their Anglo counterparts, viewing the English dailies before filming to improve their own work. Considered a lost film until it was rediscovered in the 1970's, it is now considered by many film historians to be the superior film of the two.


* TroubledProduction: In addition to being an early talkie film, with all the troubles that implies, the film was plagued by Tod Browning's alcoholism and unfocused direction, forcing cinematographer Karl Freund to direct many scenes himself.

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* TroubledProduction: In addition The film became a horror classic, but also became an OldShame for many involved due to a rough production:
** Initially planned to be a high-budget adaptation of [[Literature/{{Dracula}} the novel]], the onset of TheGreatDepression forced Universal head Carl Laemmle Jr. to adapt the less expensive [[Theatre/Dracula1924 stage play]] based on the novel. Creator/BelaLugosi, who had already played Dracula on stage to critical acclaim, lobbied hard to reprise his stage role for the film. Laemmle had no interest in Lugosi and considered a laundry list of actors over him, but relented in part due to Lugosi agreeing to a pay of $500 per week for seven weeks of filming, a paltry sum even by Depression standards.
** Filming was rocky and disorganized. On top of
being an early talkie film, film with all the troubles that implies, Tod Browning was depressed over the film was plagued by Tod Browning's death of his friend Creator/LonChaney and unhappy about the film's low budget, sinking into alcoholism during the shoot. Amid complaints about his difficult attitude and unfocused direction, forcing Browning passed many scenes onto cinematographer Karl Freund Freund, who went uncredited for his directorial contributions. The cast was deeply unhappy with the messy shoot, and Lugosi grew disillusioned and concerned he would be typecasted. Late into production, Lugosi was reportedly offered to direct once again play Dracula for a stage tour and said "No! Not at any price. When I'm through with this picture I hope to never hear of Dracula again."
** While the film was a standout critical and box office success,
many scenes himself. involved in the film viewed it with mixed emotions at best. Lugosi's concerns about typecasting proved prescient, as he was ruthlessly typecasted as vampires and vampire-like villains in horror and sci-fi films. Creator/DwightFrye, who played Renfield, was also a victim of typecasting and not happy about it. David Manners, who played Harker, would later state that he hated the filming process so much that he refused to watch the final film.
** Of special note is the Spainsh version of the film, which was shot concurrently at night using the same costumes and sets (a not-uncommon practice for early talkies). Despite having less shooting time and a smaller budget, the Spanish production averted troubles and benefitted from the missteps made by their Anglo counterparts, viewing the English dailies before filming to improve their own work. Considered a lost film until it was rediscovered in the 1970's, it is now considered by many film historians to be the superior film of the two.


** The shooting script features a scene not found in the film in which Van Helsing kills Lucy following her transformation into a vampire. In the scene, Van Helsing brings John into the graveyard to prove the existence of vampires. There, they witness Lucy walking into a mausoleum. After consoling John, Van Helsing pulls a parcel from his pocket and makes clear his intentions to follow Lucy and destroy her. At this point, the film was to have cut back to a scene of Dracula abducting Mina.

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** The shooting script features a scene not found in the film in which Van Helsing kills Lucy following her transformation into a vampire. In the scene, Van Helsing brings John into the graveyard to prove the existence of vampires. There, they witness Lucy walking into a mausoleum. After consoling John, Van Helsing pulls a parcel from his pocket and makes clear his intentions to follow Lucy and destroy her. At this point, the film was to have cut back to a scene of Dracula abducting Mina. Only the Spanish-language version retains these events, leaving Lucy's fate a PlotHole in the English film.


* MissingEpisode: In its original release, the movie had an epilogue in which Edward Van Sloan [[BreakingTheFourthWall addressed the audience]]. It starts out sounding like a reassuring ThisIsAWorkOfFiction message, until at the last moment he subverts it with "There really ''are'' such things as vampires!" The epilogue was cut from the 1936 re-release due to fears of offending religious groups by endorsing the occult, and is now lost.

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* MissingEpisode: In its original release, the movie had an epilogue in which Edward Van Sloan [[BreakingTheFourthWall addressed the audience]]. It starts out sounding like a reassuring ThisIsAWorkOfFiction message, until at the last moment he subverts it with "There really ''are'' such things as vampires!" The epilogue was cut from the 1936 re-release due to fears of offending religious groups by endorsing the occult, and is now lost. considered lost[[note]]Technically, it still exists, but it's in such bad shape Universal doesn't really see anything worth restoring in it[[/note]].


* AwesomeDearBoy[=/=]DoingItForTheArt: Creator/BelaLugosi was so eager 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.



* ForeignRemake: Spanish-language version ''Drácula'' was filmed on the same set at nights.
** The Spanish-language version is considered by many film aficionados to be superior to the English version in most respects.

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* ForeignRemake: Spanish-language version ''Drácula'' was GayPanic: The studio did not want the scene where Dracula attacks Renfield to be filmed on the same set at nights.
** The Spanish-language version is considered by many film aficionados to be superior
due to the English version in most respects.perceived gay subtext of the situation. A memo was sent to the director stating "Dracula is only to attack women".



* TroubledProduction: In addition to being an early talkie film, with all the troubles that implies, the film was plagued by Todd Browning's alcoholism and unfocused direction, forcing cinematographer Karl Freund to direct many scenes himself.

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* ThoseTwoActors: This Universal production became the most famous and successful film to pair David Manners with Helen Chandler. The pair had made two films at Warner Brothers/First National and one at Fox.
* TroubledProduction: In addition to being an early talkie film, with all the troubles that implies, the film was plagued by Todd Tod Browning's alcoholism and unfocused direction, forcing cinematographer Karl Freund to direct many scenes himself. himself.
* UrbanLegend: While it is rumored that Creator/BelaLugosi, could not speak English very well, and had to learn his lines phonetically, this is not true. Lugosi was speaking English as well as he ever would by the time this was filmed.





* GayPanic: The studio did not want the scene where Dracula attacks Renfield to be filmed due to the perceived gay subtext of the situation. A memo was sent to the director stating "Dracula is only to attack women".


** Helen Chandler (Mina) wanted to play Alice in a film adaptation of ''AliceInWonderland'' and wasn't happy being stuck in a horror picture instead. Her career never got off the ground, and she battled alcoholism only a few years later, and nearly burned to death in a fire 15 years before her death at age 59.

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** Helen Chandler (Mina) wanted to play Alice in a film adaptation of ''AliceInWonderland'' ''Literature/AliceInWonderland'' and wasn't happy being stuck in a horror picture instead. Her career never got off the ground, and she battled alcoholism only a few years later, and nearly burned to death in a fire 15 years before her death at age 59.


** If he hadn't died, the role of Dracula would have gone to Creator/LonChaney. Creator/ConradVeidt was also considered. Creator/JohnCarradine claimed he was a candidate.

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** If he hadn't died, the role of Dracula would have gone to Creator/LonChaney. Creator/ConradVeidt was also considered. Creator/JohnCarradine (who donned the cape in two later Universal films) claimed he was a candidate.

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