The legendary Berwyn/Chicago-based horror/monster film host will present his big broadcast of the classic mammoth Universal monster masterpiece adaptation of “Dracula” (1931), this Sat.; Sept. 18 at 8 p.m. Eastern/7 p.m. Central on Me-TV.
The classic mammoth 1931 Universal vampire monster masterpiece adaptation was co- directed by veteran director and cinematographer Tod Browning. In addition to his 1931 classic mammoth Universal vampire monster masterpiece adaptation production of “Dracula,” some of Browning’s other best-known classic mammoth horror feature film productions include his Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) productions with the senior Lon Chaney, including the silent productions of “The Unholy Three” (1925), “The Unknown” (1927) with the senior Chaney and young Joan Crawford, “London After Midnight” (1927, a lost film). In the sound era alongside “Dracula” at Universal, Browning later worked on the classic mammoth MGM visual effects-thriller masterpiece with Lionel Barrymore and Maureen O’Sullivan; The Devil-Doll” (1936).
Veteran cinematographer and director Karl Freund co-directed the classic 1931 Universal mammoth vampire monster masterpiece production with Browning in an uncredited role in addition to working on the cinematography for “Dracula,” according to IMDB. According to details from Universal’s “The Road to Dracula” featurette via film historian and fellow super SvenPal Lokke Heiss, veteran cinematographer Freund utilized numerous tracking shots throughout Browning’s 1931 Universal monster masterpiece production of “Dracula.” Freund’s cinematography techniques for “Dracula” had similar qualities to cinematography in German expressionist silent feature film productions of the 1920s. Freund later directed Universal’s classic mammoth monster masterpiece production of “The Mummy” (1932) with Boris Karloff and later designed the 35mm three-camera setup for filmed television productions with the use of three 35mm cameras in the early 1950s for Desi Arnaz and Lucille Ball’s production firm, Desilu Productions for the couple’s groundbreaking 1951-57 CBS television sitcom series, “I Love Lucy.”
Adapted from Bram Stoker’s 1897 gothic vampire novel of the same name and the Hamilton Deane– John L. Balderston stage play adaptation of “Dracula,” the 1931 classic mammoth Universal vampire monster masterpiece screenplay adaptation was written by veteran screenwriter Garrett Fort with contributing screenwriters Louis Bromfield, Browning, Frederick Stephani and Louis Stevens with additional dialogue written by Dudley Murphy
This will mark Sven’s eighth big big broadcast of Tod Browning’s classic mammoth landmark Universal monster masterpiece adaptation of “Dracula” (1931) on Me-TV. He previously showcased Browning’s 1931 classic Universal monster masterpiece from coast-to-coast back in Oct. 2011*, April 2012*, Nov. 2012*, Oct. 2013, Oct. 2015, March 2017 and Sept. 2019.
Who was in Tod Browning’s classic mammoth Universal vampire monster masterpiece production of “Dracula” (1931)?
To quote Universal’s famous closing credits motto, “A good cast is worth repeating!” The players who appeared in Browning’s classic landmark mammoth 1931 Universal vampire monster masterpiece adaptation production were Bela Lugosi (as Count Dracula, Lugosi previously played the role of Count Dracula in the Hamilton Deane Broadway stage play adaptation of Stoker’s vampire novel in 1927 along with a coast-to-coast touring troupe edition from 1928-29, according to A&E Biography), Helen Chandler (as Mina), Edward Van Sloan (as Van Helsing, Van Sloan also previously appeared in the the Hamilton Deane Broadway stage adaptation of “Dracula” with Lugosi, according to the 1999 Universal featurette documentary on Tod Browning’s production of “Dracula;” “The Road to Dracula,” Van Sloan later dual roles of Dr. Waldman and the introductory feature prologue narrator in James Whale’s classic mammoth 1931 Universal monster masterpiece, “Frankenstein” and in the role of Dr. Muller in Karl Freund’s classic mammoth 1932 Universal monster masterpiece with Karloff, “The Mummy”), Dwight Frye (as Renfield, Dwight Frye later played the role of Igor in James Whale’s classic 1931 Universal monster masterpiece with Boris Karloff, “Frankenstein” and later appeared in an uncredited role as a reporter in James Whale’s classic mammoth 1933 Universal sci-fi monster masterpiece adaptation of H.G. Wells’ “The Invisible Man” with Claude Rains), David Manners (as John Harker), Carla Laemmle (in an uncredited cameo appearance as a stagecoach passenger, Carla Laemmle was the niece of Universal Studios founder Carl Laemmle, one year before “Dracula,” she appeared in the role of Chorine in John Murray Anderson’s classic mammoth 1930 Universal two-strip Technicolor musical revue masterpiece, “King of Jazz,” she received screen credit under the name of “Beth Laemmle;” according to IMDB), Herbert Bunston (as Dr. Seward), Frances Dade (as Lucy), Charles K. Gerrard (as Martin), Joan Standing (as a maid), Geraldine Dvorak, Cornelia Thaw and Dorothy Tree (in uncredited roles as Dracula’s wives) and John George (in an uncredited role as a scientist).