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House of Dracula(1945)

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The working titles of this film were The Wolf Man vs. Dracula and Dracula vs. Wolf Man. According to April 1944 Hollywood Reporter news items, Ford Beebe was originally assigned to produce and direct this film, with production planned for late October 1944. Modern sources report, however, that the script for the unrealized Beebe project May have differed greatly from the one used for this film. Following on the heels of the 1944 release House of Frankenstein , House of Dracula was the seventh Universal film to feature "Frankenstein's Monster," as well as the fourth Universal film to include the vampire "Dracula" and "Larry Talbot, the Wolf Man." Although all three characters appeared in the 1948 comedy Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein, this was the final Universal horror film to feature all three monsters. Lon Chaney had played Larry Talbot in all three previous Wolf Man films, and Glenn Strange made his second appearance as Frankenstein's Monster.
       House of Dracula was also the second film in which actor John Carradine portrayed Dracula, a role he reprised in three later films: the 1966 Embassy Pictures release Billy the Kid vs. Dracula (see AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1961-70; F6.0412), a 1969 Mexican film Las vampiras and the 1979 release Nocturna. Hollywood Reporter production charts include Charles Judels and Billy Green in the cast, but their appearance in the released film has not been confirmed. Modern sources credit George Bricker and Dwight V. Babcock with the story and add the following names to the crew credits: Stunts Walter DePalma, Arthur W. Stern and Carey Loftin. For additional information on the aforementioned Universal series noted above, please consult the Series Index and see the entries for Frankenstein (AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1931-40; F3.1465), Dracula (AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1931-40; F3.1121) and The Wolf Man .