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Mark of the Vampire (28-Mar-1935)

Director: Tod Browning

Writers: Guy Endore; Bernard Schubert

Producer: Tod Browning

Keywords: Horror, Vampire

NameOccupationBirthDeathKnown for
Elizabeth Allan
9-Apr-1908 27-Jul-1990 A Tale of Two Cities
Lionel Atwill
1-Mar-1885 22-Apr-1946 The Ghost of Frankenstein
Lionel Barrymore
28-Apr-1878 15-Nov-1954 Young Dr. Kildare
Jean Hersholt
12-Jul-1886 2-Jun-1956 Founder, Motion Picture Relief Fund
Bela Lugosi
20-Oct-1882 16-Aug-1956 Dracula
Donald Meek
14-Jul-1878 18-Nov-1946 Scottish-American character actor
Jessie Ralph
5-Nov-1864 30-May-1944 San Francisco


Lionel Barrymore   ...   Professor
Elizabeth Allan   ...   Irena
Bela Lugosi   ...   Count Mora
Lionel Atwill   ...   Insp. Neumann
Jean Hersholt   ...   Baron Otto
Henry Wadsworth   ...   Fedor
Donald Meek   ...   Dr. Doskil
Jessie Ralph   ...   Midwife
Ivan Simpson   ...   Jan
Franklyn Ardell   ...   Chauffeur
Leila Bennett   ...   Maria
June Gittelson   ...   Annie
Carol Borland   ...   Luna
Holmes Herbert   ...   Sir Karell
Michael Visaroff   ...   Innkeeper


Review by Bill Nickoloff (posted on 20-Aug-2008)

Tod Browning has done it again! Just as he did with "Dracula", Browning has managed to bring true chills and creeps to "Mark of the Vampire", but let's not give him all the credit. When you have Bela Lugosi, Lionel Barrymore, Lionel Atwill, to name a few, you already have a great recipe for success. Lugosi as the vampire Count Mora and Carroll Borland as his vampire daughter, Luna, are truly scary. You know, don't underrate special effects from the old days. Those guys were masters, without all the technology to aid them. Using animation, you can actually believe, that Bela's vampire daughter is caught in mid-transformation, from bat to human form. It's positively eerie....for any era, but the real feeling is of despair and fear, that Browning so masterfully creates with gloomy lighting and as in "Dracula", no musical score which lends to the feeling of being alone in a dark, scary place, with little hope for survival. Top notch cast, along with top notch directing, make "Mark of the Vampire", a must see! If you're a fan of the old classics, this is a must for your collection, so pop up some corn, draw the blinds, curl up at midnight in front of the TV, and enjoy genuine chills and thrills with, "Mark of the Vampire"!

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