The Return of Dracula

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The Return of Dracula
Directed by Paul Landres
Written by Pat Fielder
Starring Francis Lederer
Norma Eberhardt
Ray Stricklyn
John Wengraf
Virginia Vincent
Gage Clarke
Music by Gerald Fried
Cinematography Jack McKenzie
Edited by Sherman Rose
Gramercy Pictures
Distributed by United Artists
Release date
  • April 1958 (1958-04)
Running time
77 minutes
Country United States
Language English

The Return of Dracula is a 1958 horror film starring Francis Lederer as Dracula. The female lead, Rachel, is played by Norma Eberhardt.[1] It is filmed in black and white (with a brief color shot of blood) and directed by Paul Landres.[2] It was released in 1958 on a double bill with The Flame Barrier.


It is set in a small town in California in the 1950s, where Count Dracula arrives in the form of an artist named Belak Gordal (Lederer) who has traveled from Europe to visit his cousin, Cora Mayberry (Greta Granstedt). The story revolves around his interaction with Cora's daughter, Rachel (Eberhardt).[2]



When shown on television, it was sometimes titled Curse of Dracula.[2] In the U.K it was released theatrically as The Fantastic Disappearing Man.[3] Later in 1958, the film Horror of Dracula appeared in theaters in both the UK and the U.S., and The Return of Dracula would have a lack of attention due to Christopher Lee's new stardom as the Count.


On October 27, 1971, Francis Lederer reprised his role of Count Dracula on an episode of Night Gallery titled "The Devil Is Not Mocked". In this story, Dracula tells his grandson how he fought Nazis during World War II.

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  1. ^ "Norma Eberhardt". The Daily Telegraph. 2011-09-28. Retrieved 2011-10-01. 
  2. ^ a b c The Return of Dracula, Turner Classic Movies website, accessed October 12, 2011
  3. ^ The Return of Dracula, New York Times website, accessed October 12, 2011

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