The Return of Dracula
|The Return of Dracula|
|Directed by||Paul Landres|
|Written by||Pat Fielder|
|Music by||Gerald Fried|
|Edited by||Sherman Rose|
|Distributed by||United Artists|
The Return of Dracula is a 1958 horror film starring Francis Lederer as Dracula. The female lead, Rachel, is played by Norma Eberhardt. It is filmed in black and white (with a brief color shot of blood) and directed by Paul Landres. 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).
- Francis Lederer as Bellac Gordal / Count Dracula
- Norma Eberhardt as Rachel Mayberry
- Ray Stricklyn as Tim Hansen
- John Wengraf as John Merriman
- Virginia Vincent as Jennie Blake
- Gage Clarke as Reverend Doctor Whitfield
- Jimmy Baird as Mickey Mayberry
- Greta Granstedt as Cora Mayberry
- Enid Yousen as Frieda
When shown on television, it was sometimes titled Curse of Dracula. In the U.K it was released theatrically as The Fantastic Disappearing Man. 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.