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Dracula's Daughter Details


It may be sacrilege to say so, but Dracula's Daughter is an immense improvement over the original 1931 , despite the absence of Bela Lugosi in the cast. Gloria Holden is first-rate as the title character, alias "Countess Marya Zaleska," who after stealing her father's body from the authorities with the help of her faithful hunchbacked assistant Sandor (Irving Pichel), sets fire to the corpse in hopes of obliterating the family curse of vampirism. Try as she might, though, the "Countess" is unable to resist the temptation to go for the jugular vein; in one of the kinkier plot developments, she seems to favor the blood of female victims. Lest anyone read anything into this, however, it is established that she is hopelessly in love with handsome scientist Jeffrey Garth (Otto Kruger), and by film's end she has kidnapped Garth's sweetheart Janet Blake (Marguerite Churchill), hoping to lure him to Transylvania where he will be forced to become her mate throughout Eternity. Edward Van Sloan returns in his role as tireless vampire hunter Van Helsing, who once again comes to the rescue with a generous supply of garlic necklaces, crucifixes and wooden stakes. Full of clever and often surprising little touches (few other films of the mid-1930s would kill off a comedy-relief character in the second reel!), Dracula's Daughter is among the best of the vintage Universal horror films. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

  • Release date:January 1, 1936


Gloria Holden
as Countess Marya Zaleska
Otto Kruger
as Dr. Jeffrey Garth
Marguerite Churchill
as Janet Blake
Irving Pichel
as Sandor
Edward Van Sloan
as Dr. Von Helsing
Nan Grey
as Lili
Hedda Hopper
as Lady Esme Hammond
Gilbert Emery
as Sir Basil Humphrey
Claud Allister
as Sir Aubrey Vail
E.E. Clive
as Sgt. Wilkes
Halliwell Hobbes
as Constable Hawkins
Billy Bevan
as Albert
Douglas Wood
as Dr. Townsend
Eily Malyon
as Miss Peabody
Christian Rub
as Coachman
Edgar Norton
as Hobbs
William Von Brincken
as Policeman
George Sorel
as Police Officer
Paul Weigel
as The Innkeeper
Elsa Janssen
as Guest
Eric Wilton
as Butler
Clive Morgan
as Desk Sergeant
Bela Lugosi
as Doctor's Assistant (masked)
Bert Sprotte
as Guest
Guy Kingsford
as Radio Announcer
John Blood
as Bobby


Lambert Hillyer
Carl Laemmle, Jr.
George Robinson
Heinz Roemheld
Composer (Music Score)
Albert S. D'Agostino
Art Director
John P. Fulton
Special Effects