The Return of the Vampire

The Return of the Vampire

Director: Lew Landers Cast: Bela Lugosi, Frieda Inescort, Nina Foch

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Overview

He looks like Dracula, talks like Dracula and dresses like Dracula; but since the movie rights to Dracula were controlled by Universal, Bela Lugosi's character name is Armand Tesla in Columbia's Return of the Vampire. Bringing the Old Legend up to date, the film contrives to have the blood-sucking Tesla rise from his coffin when his tomb is blasted open during the London Blitz. Making up for lost time (he's been interred since WW1), Tesla enlists the aid of talking werewolf Andreas (Matt Willis), who brings him provisions and seeks out new victims. The next soft white neck on Tesla's list belongs to the lovely Nicki Saunders (Nina Foch), but not if Lady Jane Ainsley (Frieda Inescort), who knows what the mysterious stranger is really up to, has anything to say about it. Incidentally, the girl playing Tesla's victim in the opening credits is an unbilled Jeanne Bates.

Product Details

Release Date: 02/19/2019
UPC: 0826663195569
Original Release: 1943
Rating: NR
Source: Shout Factory
Region Code: A
Time: 1:10:00
Sales rank: 24,545

Special Features

New Commentary wiht Author/Film Historian Lee Gambin; New Commentary with Author/Film Historian Gary Don Rhodes; New Commentary with Film Historian Troy Howarth; Theatrical Trailer; Still Gallery

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Bela Lugosi Armand Tesla
Frieda Inescort Lady Jane Ainsley
Nina Foch Nicki Saunders
Roland Varno John Ainsley
Miles Mander Sir Frederick Fleet
Matt Willis Andreas Obry
Ottola Nesmith Elsa
Gilbert Emery Professor Saunders
Leslie Denison Lynch
William Austin Actor
Jeanne Bates Frightened woman (uncredited)
Billy Bevan Actor
Sherlee Collier Actor
George McKay Actor
Donald Dewar Actor

Technical Credits
Lew Landers Director
Lionel Banks Art Director
Paul Borofsky Editor
Clay Campbell Makeup
Louis Diage Set Decoration/Design
Randall H. Faye Screenwriter
Griffin Jay Screenwriter
Lewis William O'Connell Cinematographer
Morris W. Stoloff Musical Direction/Supervision
John Stumar Cinematographer
Sam White Producer

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The Return of the Vampire 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
As a NYC metropolitan child back in the Sixties, I would rejoice whenever this film appeared on Saturday afternoon TV on WNEW's film program, "Detective Mystery." I had not seen it since till recently. This was the first vampire movie I ever saw, and being quite young it genuinely scared me. Over forty years later, the film holds up quite well. The precredit sequence and especially the attack on the child Nicki, with the windows flying open and leaves blowing in when one should be safe in bed, brought home the notion we are not always safe, if ever, and I still think about that now. A vampire by any otheer name should always be Bela Lugosi. I love the name "Armand Tesla" and he is a truly sinister figure, and less genteel than Dracula. Interestingl, for all his vampiric repute, this was only the first film since "Draucla" he played this role; "Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein" in 1948 would be his last. No one looks quite as good in a cape as he. The visuals are quite stunning, both the settings and the glmorous Nina Foch, here making her screen debut. Miles Mander is elegant, and Matt Willis as Andreas Obry makes the most adorable talking werewolf in screen history; Willis actually sounds better when he is the monster, and his make up resembles that of a human Toto!!!!!! The outstanding performance, and the real reason the film is worth owning, is Frieda Insescort, she of the stern, clipped tones, as Lady Jane Ainsley. There is nothing like her manner or bearing anywhere else in films, and why subsequent films did not capitalize on her character is a mystery. The scene between her and Tesla at the organ is her finest screen moment. The film also makes use of a fine musical score, and while it runs only 69 minutes it is so full of cinematic brilliance it cries out for a major reconstruction.