The second installment in Universal’s “Dracula” monster franchise series was directed by veteran director Lambert Hillyer; who also directed the classic Universal sci-fi/thriller masterpiece; “The Invisible Ray” (1936, with the legendary Boris Karloff and legendary Bela Lugosi). Hillyer later directed the first live-action adaptation of Bill Finger and Bob Kane’s DC Comics superhero creation, the “Batman” serial series (1943) for Columbia Pictures with Lewis Wilson (as Batman/Bruce Wayne) and Douglas Croft (as Robin/Dick Grayson).
The 1936 Universal “Dracula” sequel was suggested by rival producer David O. Selznick; who wanted to do his own “Dracula” feature for Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. Selznick received screen credit under the pseudonym of “Oliver Jeffries” in the Universal production after acquiring the rights to Bram Stoker’s short story, “Dracula’s Guest.” He suggested the aforementioned story to Universal executives, according to Richard Harland Smith’s Turner Classic Movies online article on “Dracula’s Daughter.” Veteran screenwriter Garrett Fort wrote the screenplay for Lambert Hillyer’s “Dracula” installment for Universal.
This will mark Sven’s eighth big broadcast of “Dracula’s Daughter” (1936) on Me-TV. He previously showcased the 1936 Universal “Dracula” sequel installment back in April 2011*, April 2012*, March 2013, April 2014, June 2015, Oct. 2016 and Jan. 2019.
Who was in “Dracula’s Daughter” (1936)?
The players who appeared in Lambert Hillyer’s Universal classic monster masterpiece production of “Dracula’s Daughter” (1936) were were Gloria Holden (as Countess Marya Zaleska/Dracula’s Daughter, Holden also appeared in Clarence Brown’s 1936 MGM romantic comedy with Clark Gable, Myrna Loy and Jean Harlow; “Wife vs. Secretary”), Marguerite Churchill (as Janet), Otto Kruger (as Jeffrey Garth), Hedda Hopper (as Lady Esme Hammond; Hopper was known for her Hollywood entertainment/gossip columns in magazines, newspapers and radio broadcasts; under the name of “Hedda Hopper’s Hollywood” in addition to her acting career), Edward Van Sloan (as Prof. Van Helsing; Van Sloan previously played the role of Van Helsing in Tod Browning’s mammoth 1931 Universal classic monster masterpiece feature with Bela Lugosi, “Dracula;” Clive also appeared in two other classic Universal monster mammoth masterpiece productions, James Whale’s 1931 adaptation of Mary Shelley’s “Frankenstein” with Boris Karloff and Karl Freund’s 1932 production of “The Mummy” with Karloff), E.E. Clive (as Sgt. Wilkes; Clive previously appeared in the role of the Burgomeister in Whale’s 1935 classic Universal monster mammoth masterpiece sequel with Boris Karloff and Elsa Lanchester; “The Bride of Frankenstein”), Nan Grey (as Lilli, Grey received screen credit under the name of Nan Gray; she also appeared in Joe Pasternak’s 1936 Universal production of “Three Smart Girls” with Deanna Durbin and Joe May’s 1940 Universal classic “Invisible Man” monster masterpiece sequel, “The Invisible Man Returns” with Vincent Price), Edgar Norton (as Hobbs). Irving Pichel (as Sandor), Gilbert Emery (as Sir Basil Humphrey), Halliwell Hobbs (as Hawkins), Billy Bevan (as Albert) and Claude Allister (as Sir Aubrey).
Original pre-production considerations for “Dracula’s Daughter”
According to additional details from Richard Harland Smith’s TCM online article, Universal executives originally considered Bela Lugosi to reprise his role of Count Dracula; along with Cesar Romero for the role of Jeffrey Garth and Jane Wyatt for the role of Janet. Veteran director James Whale was originally considered to direct the 1936 Universal “Dracula” sequel, but was barely interested in the production. Veteran director A. Edward Sutherland was then chosen to direct the feature, he lost interest after delays in production and Lambert Hillyer was chosen to direct “Dracula’s Daughter.” Both Romero and Wyatt were replaced by Otto Kruger and Marguerite Churchill; Lugosi’s role/reprisal was dropped from the final script.
“Dracula’s Daughter:” One of the most expensive Universal productions at the time
Lambert Hillyer’s Universal “Dracula” monster production of “Dracula’s Daughter” was considered as one of the most expensive productions for the studio at the time, according to additional details from IMDB and Richard Harland Smith’s TCM article. Because of casting/script rewrite changes and multiple delays in the production, the overall estimated production budget for the Universal “Dracula” sequel was $278,000.
Promotional “live spook show” stunt for the original screening of “Dracula’s Daughter” in Pittsburgh
According to the July 1936 edition of Motion Picture Herald, a promotional “midnight live spook show” premiere of “Dracula’s Daughter” was held at the now-defunct Alvin Theatre (later known as the now-defunct Gateway Theatre, according to Cinema Teasures) in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Held in conjunction with a local department store, an actress portrayed a character who was put under a mock “spell” by “Dracula’s Daughter.” Shortly before the midnight premiere of the 1936 Universal “Dracula” sequel in Pittsburgh, the actress was placed on a “mock” operating table on the Alvin stage. After the first screen appearance of Gloria Holden in Lambert Hillyer’s production, the actress on stage “came to life” during the Alvin premiere screening of “Dracula’s Daughter.”
The 1936 Universal “Dracula” sequel: One of the final productions for the studio’s founder
“Dracula’s Daughter” marked of the final Universal features for studio founder Carl Laemmle (who founded Universal as a merger with several pioneering film studios in 1912) and his son, Carl Laemmle Jr.; who had helped spearhead the studio’s “house style” of classic monster and horror feature masterpieces. The Laemmle family lost control of the studio to Standard Capital Corp. after the completion of Lambert Hillyer’s Universal production of “Dracula’s Daughter,” according to additional information from IMDB and Kevin Brownlow’s retrospective documentary on Universal’s classic monster and horror feature masterpieces, “Universal Horror” (1998).
Three years after “Dracula’s Daughter,” Universal executives decided to re-enter into their signature “house style” field of classic monster and horror feature film masterpieces with “Son of Frankenstein” (1939, with Boris Karloff, Bela Lugosi and Basil Rathbone).
Be sure to watch/record Svengoolie and his big broadcast of “Dracula’s Daughter” (1936), this Sat. on Me-TV!
Latter Realart theatrical re-issue trailer for the original 1936 Universal Studios production of “Dracula’s Daughter,” with an added “coming attraction” bumper at the end for Walter Lantz’s Universal “Woody Woodpecker” theatrical “cartune” cartoons.
With Gloria Holden, Marguerite Churchill, Otto Kruger, Hedda Hopper, Edward Van Sloan, E.E. Clive, Nan Grey, Edgar Norton, Irving Pichel, Gilbert Emery, Halliwell Hobbs, Billy Bevan and Claude Allister; you will not want to miss out on Svengoolie’s big broadcast of “Dracula’s Daughter” (1936); this Sat. on Me-TV! A perfect treat for all fellow super Svengoolie SvenPals and fellow aficionados of classic Universal horror/monster features everywhere with Sven’s extra fun facts, Doug Graves’ parody song and Kerwyn’s “mail call” segment! A wonderful escape from anxiety, stress and chaos! Join in on the fun and excitement of Sven’s big broadcast of “Dracula’s Daughter” (1936) with the entire crowd of fellow super SvenPals! You will not be disappointed! Highly recommended!
*Before Me-TV came into the Washington/Frederick area (Me-TV came into the Washington/Frederick broadcast region in early 2013; originally on WJLA-TV and then moved to Fox O&O WTTG-5 in March 2017). -C.H.
In the Frederick, Maryland/Washington, D.C. area: WTTG-5.3/Cable 196/FiOS 489/Antietam Broadband 194 (also on QAM digital 68.6 for Antietam 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
Relax, live-tweet and join in on the fun with all fellow super SvenPals everywhere via Twitter during #Svengoolie’s big broadcast of “Dracula’s Daughter” (1936), this Sat. on the airlanes of Me-TV!
Another reminder in connection to the coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic: Again, look to the positive wisdom, encouragement and enlightenment of Svengoolie, the entire crowd of fellow super Svengoolie SvenPals everywhere, Mystery Science Theater 3000, the entire crowd of fellow super MST3K MSTies & fellow classic film aficionados everywhere! Once again, to all fellow super Svengoolie SvenPals everywhere; safety first, wash your hands for approximately 20 seconds, follow all precautions seriously, stay home, use your sleeve or a tissue when sneezing or coughing, avoid touching your face, practice social distancing, stay well and keep healthy. Follow Kerwyn’s public service announcement on coronavirus/COVID-19 prevention rules/tips, we fellow super SvenPals highly recommend Kerwyn’s informative PSA announcement!! Again, escape from anxiety and stress by relaxing with Sven’s Sat. evening big Me-TV classic monster, sci-fi and horror feature film broadcast showcases! Join in on the fun by live-tweeting via Twitter with the entire crowd of fellow super SvenPals everywhere during Sven’s Sat. evening big broadcasts on Me-TV! Once again, let’s all take preventative steps- keep healthy, stay well and stay safe, Sven/Mr. Rich Koz, the entire Sven/Me-TV production crowd & the entire crowd of fellow super SvenPals everywhere! And to quote Me-TV’s preventative motto, “#StayHomeWithMe!” And to quote Sven’s executive producer Jim Roche: “keep calm and watch Sven!” –C.H.
A “flashback” edition of Svengoolie/Mr. Rich Koz’s guest interview appearance on Matthew Socey’s WFYI/Indianapolis radio film program; “Film Soceyology;” which was rebroadcast in early April 2020 in commemoration of Svengoolie/Mr. Rich Koz’s ninth anniversary on the Me-TV airlanes from coast-to-coast!
The official Sven/Me-TV/Figures Toy Co. collector’s edition “Svengoolie Studio Set” limited Sven action figure w/commemorative Sven studio set coffin featuring “Body Sorrell” and an official Archie McPhee miniature rubber chicken is still available for purchase through the official Svengoolie/Me-TV online store! And again, to quote the official motto of the official Sven/Me-TV online store, “no personal checks!” And only purchase official Sven & Me-TV merchandise from the official Sven/Me-TV online store website!
Extra! Extra! Extra! Cameo mentions of fellow super Svengoolie SvenPals!
Extra! Extra! Extra! (At the 0:03 mark): Near the conclusion of Svengoolie’s big April 11, 2020 broadcast presentation of “This Island Earth” (1955) on Me-TV, fellow super Svengoolie SvenPals jumped for joy when they recognized the cameo return of a familiar Sven artwork design piece from a fellow super SvenPal! During Svengoolie’s promotional advertisement for the upcoming big broadcast of “Dracula’s Daughter” (1936) on Me-TV, fellow super Svengoolie SvenPal Sarah Rhodes’ Svengoolie skateboard artwork design was featured on Sven’s Berwyn/Chicago dungeon set during the aforementioned promotional ad for Sven’s upcoming big broadcast of the classic 1936 Universal “Dracula” monster masterpiece sequel installment! Sarah’s Svengoolie skateboard artwork was designed for the 40th anniversary of Sven/Mr. Rich Koz’s career in the Berwyn/ChicagoTV airlanes! Her Sven skateboard artwork design debuted on Svengoolie & Kerwyn’s “mail call” segment during Sven’s big Me-TV June 2019 broadcast premiere of “Billy the Kid vs. Dracula” (1966)!
Congratulations, Sarah from all of us fellow super SvenPals of Svengoolie everywhere on the return cameo appearance of your Svengoolie skateboard art design during Sven’s advertisement for his upcoming big Me-TV broadcast of “Dracula’s Daughter” (1936)! The entire crowd of fellow super SvenPals are all jumping for joy and we’re all proud of you! Three cheers, two thumbs up, safety first, stay well, keep healthy, peace, kudos & “Hi-Keeba” to Sarah & the entire crowd of fellow super Svengoolie SvenPals everywhere! Keep up the wonderful & excellent work, Sarah! –C.H.
Extra! Extra! Extra! Update: Fellow super Svengoolie SvenPal Jamie Lee announced that Northwestern University Radio/WNUR-FM 89.3 has expanded their studio suspension due to preventative steps/measures in response to the recent coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic until additional notice. Archival/pre-recorded editions of Jamie’s “Jammin’ with Jamie” big broadcasts and other pre-recorded WNUR programs will be playing in rotation on the station via WNUR 89.3 FM/89.3 FM-HD1 in the greater Berwyn/Chicago listening area and WNUR.org or through the TuneIn platform from coast-to-coast, around the world and throughout the galaxy! And again, fellow super SvenPals/fellow super jammers can also listen to archival/pre-recorded editions of Jamie’s past (2016-present) “Jammin’ with Jamie” programs, additional details/information can be found via Jamie’s official Twitter site and/or website!
Three cheers, two thumbs up, safety first, stay well, keep healthy, peace, kudos & “Hi-Keeba” to Jamie & the entire crowd of fellow super Svengoolie SvenPals & fellow super “Jammin’ with Jamie” jammers everywhere! The entire crowd of fellow super Svengoolie SvenPals are all proud of you! Three cheers, two thumbs up, safety first, keep healthy, stay well, kudos, peace & “Hi-Keeba” to Jamie & the entire crowd of fellow super Svengoolie SvenPals everywhere! –C.H.
Extra! Extra! Extra! Help out one of our fellow super SvenPals’ friends: Be sure to donate generously/help out one of fellow super SvenPal Jamie Lee’s friends from the PM&L players by donating whatever you can to her friend’s official GoFundMe fund website to help offset the high costs of additional medical treatments. Help out one of Jamie’s friends by donating generously/spreading the word! Again, any amount helps! –C.H.
In connection to “Dracula’s Daughter” (1936):
“Dracula’s Daughter” (1936) is also available on Blu-Ray and DVD as part of Universal’s classic “Dracula” monster masterpiece feature anthology box set, “Dracula: The Complete Legacy Collection.” The 1936 Universal “Dracula” sequel production is also available as part of Universal’s “Dracula Double Feature” DVD twinset, paired with “Son of Dracula” (1943)! “Dracula’s Daughter” (1936) is also available to watch for streaming from Universal via participating video-on-demand service providers.
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