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With: Lionel Barrymore, Elizabeth Allan, Bela Lugosi, Lionel Atwill, Jean Hersholt, Henry Wadsworth, Donald Meek, Ivan F. Simpson, Carroll Borland, Franklyn Ardell, Leila Bennett, June Gittelson, Holmes Herbert, Michael Visaroff, James Bradbury, Jr., Egon Brecher
Written by: Guy Endore, Bernard Schubert
Directed by: Tod Browning
MPAA Rating: NR
Running Time: 60
Date: 28/03/1935
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Mark of the Vampire (1935)

3 1/2 Stars (out of 4)

Vamp Classic

By Jeffrey M. Anderson

A nobleman is murdered and vampires are determined to be the cause in Tod Browning's Mark of the Vampire. Bela Lugosi -- also in Browning's Dracula -- has a non-speaking role and Carroll Borland plays his daughter, an alluring female vampire. Lionel Atwill plays a police inspector and Lionel Barrymore plays an occult expert. The movie has a famous "twist" ending that some fans love and some fans despise. It's restored from the camera negative. Interestingly, Lugosi only played an honest-to-goodness vampire three times during his career.

In the mid-1990s, four old MGM horror films appeared together in a laserdisc box set. Here they are again: Charles Brabin's The Mask of Fu Manchu (1932), Karl Freund's Mad Love (1935), Tod Browning's Mark of the Vampire (1935) and Browning's The Devil-Doll (1936). Since MGM was never really interested in horror, the films all have histories of troubled productions. But nonetheless, they survive as genuinely wonderful classics. Warner Home Video -- which owns older titles from the MGM vaults -- has thrown in two more movies, Michael Curtiz's Doctor X and Vincent Sherman's The Return of Doctor X (1939). Five of the films come with fun, informative commentary tracks, including one by director Sherman, who died a few months ago, just weeks shy of his 100th birthday.

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