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The Vampire (Jun-1957)

Director: Paul Landres

Writer: Pat Fielder

Music Composed and Conducted by: Gerald Fried

Producers: Arthur Gardner; Jules V. Levy

Keywords: Horror, Vampire

A small-town physician ingests what he thinks are migraine pills but are actually experimental pills derived from bat serum extract. Over time he comes to the realization that he has committed a series of murders as some sort of blood-sucking hairy vampire. Good script for this Jekyll-and-Hyde story, making a superior example of this genre.

NameOccupationBirthDeathKnown for
John Beal
13-Aug-1909 26-Apr-1997 The Little Minister
Paul Brinegar
19-Dec-1917 27-Mar-1995 Wishbone on Rawhide
Coleen Gray
23-Oct-1922 3-Aug-2015 Nightmare Alley
Dabbs Greer
2-Apr-1917 28-Apr-2007 Rev. Alden on Little House
Kenneth Tobey
23-Mar-1917 22-Dec-2002 Chuck Martin on Whirlybirds
Herb Vigran
5-Jun-1910 29-Nov-1986 Television character actor


John Beal   ...   Dr. Paul Beecher
Coleen Gray   ...   Carol Butler
Kenneth Tobey   ...   Sheriff Buck Donnelly
Lydia Reed   ...   Betsy Beecher
Dabbs Greer   ...   Dr. Will Beaumont
Herb Vigran   ...   Police Sgt. George Ryan
Paul Brinegar   ...   Willy Warner
Ann Staunton   ...   Marion Wilkins
James Griffith   ...   Henry Winston


Review by Keith Elliott (posted on 22-Feb-2008)

The Vampire (1957) was one of the typical 1950's B monster movies, but this one was pretty scary in parts, at least to a 10 year old. John Beal played a small town doctor who was exposed to the blood of a patient who turned out to be a vampire. What made the movie scary to me was the excellent makeup that was used on Beal. He was not your average sauve looking vampire. His skin became all wrinkled and loose, like he was very old, or had been burned in a fire, and he had very thick, dark eyebrows that were frightening. The vampire makeup made the movie.

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