Friday, October 28, 2005

House of Dracula

"The House of Dracula" (1944) is the last of our Universal classic monster movies.
Larry Talbot finally finds his cure and lives happily ever after. . . .
And then Abbott and Costello came alone four years later with their homage to Universal's monsters!
Wouldn't you know that the studio gave it a reunion of sorts while saving themselves a bit of money on actors and all?!
Shots of the Frankenstein Monster stumbling around the exploding laboratory at the film's climax were actually lifted from the film "The Ghost of Frankenstein (1942). In the long shots, stuntman Eddie Parker doubles for Lone Chaney, Jr. (Who played the Monster in that film).
Footage of Boris Karloff as the Frankenstein Monster from Bride of Frankenstein (1935) appears during a dream sequence, intermixed with footage of Glenn Strange in the same role.
This is the only film in which the character of Lawrence Talbot sports a moustache. (www.imdb.com)
Miss Maven would also like to share an interview with Jane Adams who played Nina in ". . . Dracula" from House of Dracula, edited by Philip Riley, MagicImage FilmBooks, 1993, page 23:
What was the atmosphere like on the set of "House of Dracula"?
Well, I was familiar with Onslow Stevens (as Dr. Franz Edelmann)and John Carradine (as Count Dracula), who acted on the stage at Pasadena Playhouse . . . really fine actors. On "House of Dracula," my memory is that they were ALL very serious actors, and they were sitting around, studying their scripts. The makeup was uncomfortable (for them, particularly), and my cast weighed a lot; it was made of Plaster of Paris, before they used plastics. It was all Auntie a serious thing - the script was heavy and serious.
There's a famous candid shot of you posing and laughing with Glenn Strange as Frankenstein's Monster.
Oh yes! He was a VERY nice man. EVERYBODY was on that set. Martha O'Driscoll (Miliza) was very nice, very helpful to me, because I didn't really know anything abut movie-making, having trained in stage technique at the Playhouse.
So, all in all, I just had a very rich experience. It was a great set, and a great studio.
Would that we all could have been happy little flies on the walls of THAT set, with Lon Chaney's sons visiting,don't you think?!
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