1958 Dracula

Dracula – 1958

Alternative Title: Horror of Dracula

A Hammer Film production
Released by Universal Pictures 
Copyright MCMLVIII by Hammer Film Productions – All rights reserved 
MPAA Approved Certificate 
RCA Sound System 
Produced at Bray Studios 
Colour by Technicolor 81 mins 

Storyline

After a difficult journey, Jonathan Harker arrives at the remote Castle Dracula in the Carpathian mountains, ostensibly to index the library belonging to the elegantly aristocratic Count Dracula. But Harker’s real purpose is to destroy the Count, who he knows is in reality a four hundred year-old vampire, an undead being steeped in evil which feasts on the blood of its living victims. Harker’s quest is doomed to failure and puts his fiancée, Lucy, in peril of her life as Dracula, besotted by her photograph, makes her his prey. Only one man, Professor Van Helsing, possesses sufficient knowledge of the ways of the vampire to offer any hope of salvation…..Watch theBFI Restoration Trailer on YouTube

Crew

Production Designer
Supervising Editor
Editor
Production Manager
Sound Recordist
Assistant Director
Continuity
Make-up
Hair Stylist
Wardrobe
Special Effects
Camera Operator
Director of Photography
Music Composed by
Conducted by
Screenplay by
Based on the novel by
Associate Producer
Executive Producer
Produced by
Directed by

Bernard Robinson
James Needs
Bill Lenny
Don Weeks
Jock May
Bob Lynn
Doreen Dearnaley
Phil Leakey
Henry Montsash
Molly Arbuthnot
Sydney Pearson
Len Harris
Jack Asher, BSc
James Bernard
John Hollingsworth
Jimmy Sangster
Bram Stoker
Anthony Nelson-Keys
Michael Carreras
Anthony Hinds
Terence Fisher

Cast

Professor Van Helsing 
Count Dracula 
Arthur Holmwood 
Mina Holmwood 
Lucy 
Jonathan Harker 
Gerda 
Undertaker 
Official 
Doctor Seward 
Landlord 
Vampire Woman 
Tania 
Inge 
Policeman 
Porter 
Lad 

Peter Cushing
Christopher Lee
Michael Gough
Melissa Stribling
Carol Marsh
John Van Eyssen
Olga Dickie
Miles Malleson
George Benson
Charles Lloyd-Pack
George Woodbridge
Valerie Gaunt
Janine Faye
Barbara Archer
George Merritt
Geoffrey Bayldon
Paul Cole

Footnotes

Following hot on the heels of “The Curse of Frankenstein”, “Dracula” was similarly slated by the critics as being over-gory, sadistic and thoroughly repugnant – Hammer ought to be ashamed of themselves and mend their ways! Fortunately for us, however, Hammer could not help but notice the continuous sound of cash registers taking large amounts of money from cinemagoers round the world. Quite simply, it was clear that they were giving the public what they wanted – and, for that matter, the distributors; “Dracula” apparently single-handedly saved Universal from financial disaster. Hammer’s reaction to their critics was, therefore, quite wisely to stick two fangs up to them and redouble their efforts to produce films of this style!

Actor Michael Gough also appeared in Hammer’s “The Phantom of the Opera” (1962). His work in the horror/fantasy field also includes films for American producers Herman Cohen, Max J. Rosenberg and Milton Subotsky. For Cohen, he made the notorious shocker “Horrors of the Black Museum” (1959), “Konga” (1961), “Black Zoo” (1962), “Berserk!” (1967) and “Trog” (1970); for Hammer rivals Rosenberg’s and Subotsky’s Amicus company, he had roles in “Doctor Terror’s House of Horrors” (1965), “The Skull” (1965) and “They Came from beyond Space” (1967). In the 1990s, he gained a whole new audience as Alfred the butler in the “Batman” series of blockbuster movies.

Miles Malleson was a character actor who excelled at playing delightfully dotty eccentrics. He can also be seen in Hammer’s “The Hound of the Baskervilles” (1958), “The Brides of Dracula” (1960) and “The Phantom of the Opera” (1962).

Comic actor Eric Barker was a regular face in the early “Carry on” films. His last appearance for Hammer was in “That’s Your Funeral” (1972).


Details were complied viewing the actual film. 
Source of viewing copy – The Hammer Graveyard Collection