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Dracula: The Original 1931 Shooting Script, Vol. 13 (Universal Filmscript Series) (Universal Filmscripts Series: Classic Horror Films) Paperback – December, 1990
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From the Back Cover
60th Anniversary Edition 1931-1991
It's a Universal Picture!
From the Vaults of the Ackerman Archives.
Contain's Production Background!
Biography Notes on the Cast & Crew!
Complete Shooting Script!
Behind the Scenes Photos!
See the film on MCA/Universal Home Video
Or the restored version on MCA/Universal Laser Disc
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Around February 14, 1931, New York impresario S.L. Rothafel delivered an unusual Valentine to the patrons of his Roxy Theater. Advertised as "the story of the strangest passion the world has ever known," Dracula corralled the customers in droves. Of greater importance, ultimately, is its trailblazing position as the forerunner of a genre which has ebbed and flowed as the film perennial ever since: the supernatural horror "talkie."
It's true that a number of sound pictures of the spine-chilling variety had preceded Dracula, including such popular numbers as The Terror, Stark Mad, The Cat Creeps, The Bat Whispers, and The Gorilla...Most of these were adapted from Broadway plays in which the scary stuff was intermingled with comedy and anything that appeared paranormal was always revealed as the machinations of malevolent human beings. What had made Dracula different was that the audience was expected to accept the villain as a genuine vampire and not another crook in disguise. There was a strong feeling in the industry that the producers were insane to ask moviegoers, who had just emerged from the Roaring Twenties and stumbled into the morass of the Great Depression, to suspend disbelief in a Medieval superstition.
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Interesting reading as well as photo's,he was quite the artist.
I got this for a good price here on Amazon,if you go to Ebay,i've seen it with a price tag of $99.00.
I recommend this book if you want to find out all about Bela.
Philip J. Riley, of The Ackerman Archives, and George Turner provide "Production Background", including 4 pages of Bram Stoker's rough draft of his novel "Dracula", some history of the brilliant but illegal F. W. Murnau film "Nosferatu", discussion of Hamilton Deane's 1924 stage adaptation and John Balderston's later adaptation upon which the film is based, a career bio of director Tod Browning, and the efforts to get "Dracula" made at Universal. There is a selection of early screenplays: A 32-page treatment of "Dracula" that Fritz Stephens submitted to Carl Laemmle is reproduced on 6 pages. A 50-page first draft of a screenplay by Louis Bromfield is partly reproduced in miniature on 13 pages. (You will need a magnifying glass to read it.) Part of the Dudley Murphy rewrite of the Bromfield script is included. There is a section dedicated to "Scenes from the Spanish Production of Dracula" that discusses some of the differences between the Spanish and English versions. A "Music" section discusses the film's score by Heinz Roemheld. There are excerpts from film reviews, sketches by Art Director John Hoffman, "Behind the Scenes" photos, and an eclectic mix of other photos and trivia.
The shooting script itself occupies about two-thirds of the book. It has been pieced together from the personal copies of Bela Lugosi, cinematographer Karl Freund, and producer of the Spanish version Paul Kohner. The most striking aspect of the script, in my view, is that so much of Renfield's scenes and dialogue were cut in the final films. Also cut were some short scenes with Count Dracula and Lucy Weston's un-dead scenes. The film lost some creepiness and suspense in cutting Lucy's scenes. But it lost most of Pablo Alvarez Rubio's great performance in the Spanish version of the film by cutting Renfield. Rubio's is the best performance of the two "Dracula" films, and I would like to have seen more of it. The shooting script is followed by a copy of the original press book for "Dracula", some old ads for the film, and the New York Times review from February 1931. "Dracula: The Original Shooting Script" is a nice collection of script, screenplays, history, and photos for fans of "Dracula" and aficionados of Universal horror films. My only criticism is that the sections preceding the script are poorly organized, the off-white paper doesn't reproduce photos well, and the quality of the paper is poor -although I have seen worse.