Cast and Characters
Bela Lugosi as Count Dracula
Helen Chandler as Mina
David Manners as John Harker
Dwight Frye as Renfield
Edward Van Sloan as Van Helsing
Herbert Nunston as Dr Seward
Frances Dade as Lucy
Joan Standing as Nurse Briggs
Charles K. Gerrard as Martin
Bela Lugosi as Count Dracula is depicted the way that is none other than expected. Stereotypically, the Count is shown as a dark, mysterious and alluring character. Interestingly, the Count is always dressed impeccably - as if to make a statement. The overall depiction of Count Dracula makes the audience feel extremely uncomfortable as they try to decode the white, livid creature of the night. Van Helsing makes a strong point when he states "You forget doctor, that mad men have great strength. Dracula has great strength." Dracula comes acrss as an oddly generous man at the beginning of the movie - offering Jonathon his finest wine, whereas the audience fails to recognize where this generosity disappears to as the movie unfolds. Compared to other appropriations of Bram Stoker's 'Dracula,' Bela Lugosi's seems to be the least focused on Dracula as a character - and more focused on Mina.
Lucy is shown as a somewhat dismal character who seems to simply disapear midst the production. The interestingly developed scene in which Lucy was bitten leaves the audience to put the pieces of the puzzle together and as these pieces came together, the audience couldn't help but sympathize with such an unsuspecting, unfortunate victim to Dracula's wrath. Lucy plays a far less substantial role to Bram Stokers novel.
About the Director- Tod Browning
Tod Browning - born Charles Albert Browning in 1880 showed an interest in directing from a young age, often putting on small productions in his very own backyard. Tod showed interest in the circus life and performing and ran away from home at the age of 16 to become a performer, where he changed his name to Tod and travelled extensively with sideshows, carnivals and circuses. Browning moved back to New York in 1917 after he'd decided enough was enough and gave up the lift of a travelling performer.
Tod turned to directing after the release of his first film in 1917. Tod produced countless films and silent films before releasing Dracula, which is now his most infamous production - despite the initial disappointment Universal Studios felt towards the film.