Helen Chandler as Mina
David Manners as John Harker
Dwight Frye as Renfield
Edward Van Sloan as Van Helsing
Herbert Bunston as Dr Seward
Frances Dade as Lucy
Joan Standing as Maid
Charles K. Gerrard as Martin
Dracula is a 1931 horror film produced by Tod Browning
and Carl Laemmle, Jr., released by Universal Pictures, and directed by Rod Browning. The story is based on the stage play by Hamilton Deane and John L. Balderston which was based on Bram Stoker’s novel of the same name. Bela Lugosi
played the leading role on Broadway in 1927.
Renfield travels to Transylvania to contact Count Dracula in order to lease Carfax Abbey, a property owned by the Count
in London. At Dracula’s castle Renfield is served drugged wine and then is attacked by Dracula.
Renfield and the Count
travel by ship to London, with Dracula sleeping during the day in his coffin since vampires cannot stand the light of day. During the voyage the crew of the ship is decimated by Dracula’s feasting on their blood and when the ship arrives in London only Renfield and Dracula are alive, with Renfield appearing to have gone insane. Renfield is then incarcerated in Dr. Seward’s sanitarium, but manages to escape
several times at the command of Dracula.
A young woman, Lucy, who thinks the Count
is a romantic figure, is attacked and left dead by Dracula. The vampire’s next target is Mina, Lucy’s friend and the daughter of Dr. Seward. A German scientist, Van Helsing, is summoned to help Dr. Seward and Van Helsing is suspicious, and then confirms, that the Count
is a vampire. Dr. Seward and Van Helsing try to protect Mina from the vampire, but he hypnotizes her maid who allows him access to Mina’s room, and he feasts on Mina’s blood.
Aware of the threat
from Van Helsing, Dracula tries to hypnotize him but Van Helsing is able to resist and turn Dracula away with the display of crucifix. Dracula seizes Mina and takes her to Carfax Abbey, but is soon followed by Van Helsing and Mina’s fiancé, John, intent on rescuring Mina and destroying the vampire once and for all.