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Dracula's Daughter (1936)

Look out, she'll get you!

Original Title : Dracula's Daughter
Director : Lambert Hillyer
Writer : Bram Stoker
David O. Selznick
Garrett Fort
John L. Balderston
Kurt Neumann
Charles Belden
Finley Peter Dunne
R.C. Sherriff
Genre : Drama
Horror
Country : USA
Language : English
Producer : E.M. Asher , Harry Zehner
Music : Heinz Roemheld
Photography : George Robinson
Distributor : Universal Pictures
IMDB ID : 0027545
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Dracula's Daughter (1936) - Lambert Hillyer
 

Starring

Otto Kruger Dr. Jeffrey Garth
Gloria Holden Countess Marya Zaleska
Marguerite Churchill Janet Blake
Edward Van Sloan Prof. Von Helsing
Gilbert Emery Sir Basil Humphrey
Irving Pichel Sandor
Halliwell Hobbes Const. Sgt. Hawkins (as Halliwell Hobbs
Billy Bevan Const. Albert
Nan Grey Lili
Hedda Hopper Lady Esme Hammond
Claud Allister Sir Aubrey Vail (as Claude Allister
Edgar Norton Hobbs (Sir Basil's butler
E.E. Clive Sgt. Wilkes
Agnes Anderson Elena (bride in Transylvania
John Blood Bobby (uncredited
David Dunbar Motor bobby (uncredited
Douglas Gordon Attendant (uncredited
Owen Gorin Groom's friend (uncredited
Gordon Hart Mr. Graham (host
Elsa Janssen Wedding guest (uncredited
Guy Kingsford Radio announcer (uncredited
George Kirby Bookstore proprietor (uncredited
Edna Lyall Nurse (uncredited
Eily Malyon Miss Peabody (nurse
Paul Mitchell Messenger (uncredited
Clive Morgan Desk sergeant (uncredited
Vesey O'Davoren Butler (uncredited
John Power Police official (uncredited
Hedwiga Reicher Innkeeper's wife (uncredited
Christian Rub Coachman (uncredited
William Schramm Groom in Transylvania (uncredited
George Sorel Police officer (uncredited
Pietro Sosso Priest (uncredited
Bert Sprotte Wedding guest (uncredited
Vernon Steele Squires (uncredited
Joseph R. Tozer Dr. Graham (attending Lili
Silvia Vaughan Nurse (uncredited
Wilhelm von Brincken Policeman (uncredited
Fred Walton Dr. Beemish (Chief of Staff
Paul Weigel Transylvania innkeeper (uncredited
Eric Wilton Butler (uncredited
Douglas Wood Dr. Townsend (attending Lili
 

Plot

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...
 

Comments

Dreamy Gothic horror, 2 August 2005 Author: drmality-1 (drmality@yahoo.com) from Illinoize After years and years of being a Universal horror fan, I finally see "Dracula's Daughter". What an interesting and haunting film it is,too. It's way ahead of the curve in portraying a vampire that wants to escape its cursed existence. The "daughter" of the title longs to live as a real woman but must answer the call of her blood. Is she really a blood relation to Count Dracula or merely a past victim who was especially close to him? Beginning exactly where Todd Browning's "Dracula" left off years earlier, we see Prof. van Helsing arrested for murder when he is found in the vicinity of Dracula's staked-out body. The dull-witted police commissioner believes van Helsing is either a lunatic or a liar but respects his scientific credentials enough to keep him out of jail. Van Helsing seeks the aid of his old student, psychiatrist Jeffrey Garth, to prove his innocence.Meanwhile, in a truly unusual scene, the body of Count Dracula is stolen from a pair of bumbling policemen by Countess Marya Zaleska and her pale, sinister servant Sandor. The undead Countess merely wants to give Dracula a dignified cremation by fire. His torment is over, but Marya's lingers. She is struggling mightily to resist the call to vampirism but Sandor seems to encourage his mistress to enjoy her bloody deeds.Through a tangled web of fate, Prof. Garth and Countess Zaleska become entwined. The Countess begs the psychiatrist to give her the willpower to escape her "obsession"...meanwhile, Garth is becoming uneasily aware of Marya's link to several vampire-like murders that have occurred in town. Most tellingly, he notes that her apartment does not have a single mirror...a sure sign of a vampire, according to Van Helsing.It all ends in Transylvania as the forces of good and evil collide once more.Gloria Holden is striking as "Dracula's Daughter". Her exotic Slavic looks and wide, hypnotic eyes make it easy to believe she is more than merely human. She has a tragic aura to her, but when she seduces a young girl to become a victim, she also seems repellent.The real monster of the movie is Sandor, who seems to be manipulating Marya for his own evil ends. Irving Pichel later became a director of some repute, but here he is a scary, foreboding presence with his ominous bass voice, deathly pale skin and Russian garb. Sandor's relationship with Marya is truly unique, as he talks to her as an equal, not a servant.Otto Kruger is great as Jeffrey Garth, a man of reason and wit who is thrust into the twilight world of the undead. Kruger was a very under-rated actor who should have been more well-known. His sarcastic romantic sniping with his sexy and uppity secretary comes across just as well as his more serious dialogs with van Helsing and Marya. He's a refreshing change from the usual David Manners type hero in the old Universals.It's a real treat to see Edward van Sloan return in the role of Dr. van Helsing. Calm, rational and collected in his thoughts, he is a contrast to the unholy creatures he duels with. ONe wonders if van Helsing would be sympathetic to Countess Zaleska...or if he would be hell-bent on her destruction. Never do we hear van Sloan's van Helsing voice any understanding or sympathy for the vampires he stalks.There's some odd comic moments...the two nitwit bobbies at the beginning in particular stick out like a sore thumb...and director Lambert Hillyer's vision of Transylvania seems more like a clichéd Germany, but "Dracula's Daughter" dares to be different from its more famous predecessor and in so doing, emerges as a bit of a classic itself.