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JOHN CARRADINE

Film (8MM): "House of Dracula" Castle Films; 1960s.

From 1937 to the mid-1970s, Castle Films was one of several distributors of condensed silent and sound versions of movies, cartoons, and newsreels for the home-entertainment market. The box graphic of the vampire mouth, above, is not that of John Carradine. His Universal portrayals of the Count didn't include visible fangs. In 1944's House of Frankenstein, and 1945's House of Dracula (represented above) John Carradine portrays Dracula as more mystical than Lugosi's but not as unearthly, and not as animalistic as Christopher Lee's ferocious Count.

Carradine also plays the role of Dracula in the Embassy Pictures 1966 (grade Z) production Billy the Kid vs. Dracula as a grumpy old vampire. John Carradine did the part on stage in the 1950s, reportedly doing his own makeup, so as to resemble the Dracula described in the novel by Bram Stoker.

In the year 1945, when House of Dracula was released, John Carradine also appeared in the feature films It's in the Bag with Fred Allen and Jack Benny, Fallen Angel, a noir thriller directed by Otto Preminger, and Captain Kidd starring Charles Laughton. On stage that same year, Carradine was cast as Allan Manville in Coney Island's Brighton Theatre production of My Dear Children, playing the part John Barrymore had done in 1940.

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