REVIEW: Dracula (1931 Spanish Version)
YEAR RELEASED: 1931
DIRECTOR: Georeg Melford
CAST: Carlos Villarías, Lupita Tovar, Barry Norton, Pablo Álvarez Rubio and Eduardo Arozamena
REVIEWED BY CHRISTOPHER PAGE
If you didn’t know there was a Spanish version of Dracula from 1931 don’t be too hard on yourself. I didn’t know about it either until I bought the DVD and it was included as a special feature. I, up to that point, thought I knew just about all there was to know about “Dracula”.
Apparently, it was a standard practice back in the early days of “talkie” cinema to utilize the script and sets for two separate casts and crews. So when it came to filming the 1931 Dracula, Universal Pictures did just that. The cast and crew we are all familiar with lead by director Tod Browning would use the studio during the day and at night a completely new group would come in and do it all over again. This unique approach to movie making actually gives us, and please don’t curse me for saying this, a BETTER version of the film! Let me continue and I’ll explain later.