Realart re-issue trailer for Universal Studios’ 1936 production of “Dracula’s Daughter,” w/ an added “coming attraction” bumper at the end for Walter Lantz’s “Woody Woodpecker” Universal theatrical “cartune” cartoons.
The legendary Berwyn/Chicago-based horror/monster film host will present his big broadcast of the second feature in Universal’s “Dracula” film franchise series, “Dracula’s Daughter” (1936); this Sat., Jan. 19 at 8 p.m. Eastern/7 p.m. Central on Me-TV.
The second Universal “Dracula” feature was directed by veteran film director Lambert Hillyer. That same year, Hillyer directed Universal’s production of “The Invisible Ray” (1936); with silver screen horror film legends Boris Karloff and Bela Lugosi. Seven years later, Hillyer directed the “Batman” serial series for Columbia Pictures (1943, the first live-action adaptation of Bill Finger and Bob Kane’s DC Comics superhero creation, with Lewis Wilson as Batman/Bruce Wayne and Douglas Croft as Robin/Dick Grayson).
This will mark Sven’s seventh coast-to-coast presentation of “Dracula’s Daughter” (1936) on Me-TV. He previously showcased the second Universal “Dracula” installment back in April 2011*, April 2012*, March 2013, April 2014, June 2015 and Oct. 2016.
Who was in “Dracula’s Daughter” (1936)?
The players who appeared in “Dracula’s Daughter” (1936) were Gloria Holden (as Countess Marya Zaleska/Dracula’s Daughter), Edward Van Sloan (as Prof. Van Helsing), Hedda Hopper (as Lady Esme Hammond), Otto Kruger (as Jeffrey Garth), E.E. Clive (as Sgt. Wilkes), Nan Grey (as Lilli, Grey was credited in the film as Nan Gray), Marguerite Churchill (as Janet), Halliwell Hobbs (as Hawkins), Gilbert Emery (as Sir Basil Humphrey), Billy Bevan (as Albert), Claude Allister (as Sir Aubrey), Irving Pichel (as Sandor) and Edgar Norton (as Hobbs).
That same year, Gloria Holden played the role of Joan Carstairs in Clarence Brown’s MGM romantic comedy, “Wife vs. Secretary” (1936, with Clark Gable, Myrna Loy and Jean Harlow). Edward Van Sloan previously played several roles in three Universal monster classics, including Prof. Van Helsing in Tod Browning’s “Dracula” (1931, with Lugosi), Dr. Waldman in James Whale’s “Frankenstein” (1931, with Karloff) and Dr. Muller in Karl Freund’s “The Mummy” (1931, with Karloff).
In addition to her brief acting career, Hedda Hopper was known for her Hollywood entertainment/gossip columns in magazines, newspapers and radio broadcasts; under the title of “Hedda Hopper’s Hollywood.” E.E. Clive previously played the role of the Burgomeister in James Whale’s hit Universal “Frankenstein” follow-up film, “The Bride of Frankenstein” (1935, with Karloff and Elsa Lanchester). Nan Grey appeared in Universal’s “Three Smart Girls” (1936, with Deanna Durbin) and “The Invisible Man Returns” (1940, with Vincent Price).
Originally developed as a production by a rival film titan
According to Richard Harlan Smith’s article on “Dracula’s Daughter” for Turner Classic Movies, veteran producer David O. Selznick was interested in doing his own “Dracula” feature for Metro-Goldwyn Mayer. While Universal owned the rights to Bram Stoker’s original “Dracula” novel, Selznick acquired the rights to Stoker’s short story; “Dracula’s Guest” from the widow of Stoker. Selznick suggested “Dracula’s Guest” to Universal executives; he was credited in “Dracula’s Daughter” under the pseudonym of “Oliver Jeffries” (according to IMDB).
Studio founder Carl Laemmle’s final Universal production
“Dracula’s Daughter” was one of the final productions for Universal Studios founder Carl Laemmle, according to additional details from IMDB. Laemmle and his family lost control of Universal to Standard Capital Corp., several days after the completion of “Dracula’s Daughter.” Laemmle founded Universal in 1912 as a merger of several smaller film companies.
Injury on the set
According to IMDB and Universal’s 1936 publicity article on “Dracula’s Daughter,” Lambert Hillyer was injured during the production when a studio light fell on his head. Hillyer was hospitalized for a brief period. The article in studio’s magazine for cinema exhibitors, “Universal Weekly” noted that Hillyer’s injury occurred on “Friday the 13th.”
Be sure to watch or record Svengoolie and his big broadcast of “Dracula’s Daughter” (1936), this Sat. on Me-TV!
With Gloria Holden, Edward Van Sloan, Hedda Hopper, Otto Kruger, E.E. Clive, Nan Grey, Marguerite Churchill, Halliwell Hobbs, Gilbert Emery, Billy Bevan, Claude Allister, Irving Pichel and Edgar Norton; you won’t want to miss out on Svengoolie’s upcoming big broadcast of “Dracula’s Daughter” (1936), this Sat. on Me-TV! Enjoy Sven’s big broadcast of the second Universal “Dracula” installment with additional fun facts from Sven, Doug Graves’ parody song and Kerwyn’s “mail call” segment! Highly recommended to all fellow SvenPals everywhere!
Sat., Jan. 19 at 8 p.m. Eastern/7 p.m. Central on Me-TV
In the Frederick, Maryland/Washington, D.C. area: WTTG-5.3/Cable 196/FiOS 489/Antietam Cable 194 (also on QAM digital 68.6 for Antietam cable subscribers)
In the Baltimore, Maryland area: WBAL-TV 11.2/Cable 208/FiOS 460
In the Hanover/Gettysburg/York, Pennsylvania area: WGAL-TV 8.2/Cable 248/FiOS 460
Live-tweet with all fellow coast-to-coast SvenPals everywhere during #Svengoolie’s big broadcast of “Dracula’s Daughter” (1936), this Sat. on Me-TV!
“Star Trek” (TOS) is coming back to Me-TV in Feb.!
Fellow super SvenPals/Trekkies/overnight viewers of Me-TV’s “Super Sci-Fi Sat. Night”/”Red Eye Sci-Fi” lineup will be excited to know that “Star Trek” (The Original Series) will be returning to the Me-TV airlanes late Sat. night/early Sun. morning , beginning on Feb. 2 at Midnight Eastern/11 p.m. Central (beginning with the 1966 network premiere episode, “The Man Trap”)! Be sure to check local listings and station availability!
Cameo mentions of fellow super SvenPals!
During Svengoolie’s Jan. 12 big broadcast premiere of “Village of the Giants” (1965) on Me-TV, fellow super SvenPals jumped for joy during a surprise cameo photo appearance by fellow super SvenPal Sgt. Robert Waggoner! Sven and Kerwyn showcased Sgt. Waggoner’s photo with his Sven “official chicken thrower” T-shirt near the Mob Museum in Las Vegas, Nevada! Sven also mentioned that Sgt. and Mrs. Waggoner recently celebrated their 36th wedding anniversary!
-Congratulations from all of us fellow super Svengoolie SvenPals from coast-to-coast, Sgt. Waggoner on your cameo photo appearance in Sven and Kerwyn’s “mail call” segment during “Village of the Giants!” All of us fellow coast-to-coast SvenPals are proud of you and Happy Anniversary to you and Mrs. Waggoner from all of us! -C.H.
Spread the word/help out one of our fellow super SvenPals’ friends! Donate generously/spread the word to help out one of fellow super SvenPal Jamie Lee’s friends from the PM&L Theatre, via the official “GoFundMe” site of her friend to help offset expensive costs of additional medical-related treatments.
In relation to “Dracula’s Daughter” (1936):
“Dracula’s Daughter” (1936) is also available in Universal’s “Dracula” Blu-Ray and DVD classic anthology set, “Dracula: The Complete Legacy Collection” and is also available as part of Universal’s DVD double-feature release of “Dracula’s Daughter” and “Son of Dracula” (1943)