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).