House of Dracula

1945

Dracula arrives at Dr. Edelman's office asking for a cure to his vampirism. However, this is a ruse by Dracula to get near Dr. Edelman's beautiful female assistant and turn her into a vampire. Meanwhile, a sincere Lawrence Talbot, AKA the Wolfman, arrives seeking a cure for his lycanthropy. When Dr. Edelman's first attempt fails, Talbot tries to commit suicide by jumping off a cliff, but instead finds a network of underground caves where Frankensteins Monster is in stasis. Chaos ensues as the three monsters fight for dominance of each other.

Cast
Lon Chaney Jr. .... Lawrence Talbot
John Carradine .... Count Dracula
Martha O'Driscoll .... Miliza Morrelle
Lionel Atwill .... Inspector Holtz
Onslow Stevens .... Dr. Edelman
Jane Adams .... Nina
Ludwig Stössel .... Siegfried
Glenn Strange .... Frankenstein Monster
Skelton Knaggs .... Steinmuhl

Jane Adams

Born 1921 in San Antonio, Texas as Betty Jane Adams. Her family relocated to California where, in her teens she enrolled in the Pasadena Playhouse and earned a Theater Arts degree in 1938. Became a model for the Harry Conover Modeling Agency before making her film appearances. Said to have retired from the film industry after making her last film with "The Bowery Boys" in MASTERMINDS. A notable performer, if only for her role as the female hunchback Nina in HOUSE OF DRACULA. 40's 1945 House of Dracula (as Nina) 1946 Lost City of the Jungle (serial). Gunman's Code. The Brute Man (as Helen Paige). Night in Paradise (as Lotus) 1949 Batman and Robin (serial). Masterminds.

Martha O'Driscoll

Another gorgeous "B" movie blonde who managed to pack 37 film appearances into her 11 years in Hollywood, mostly at Paramount and Universal. She led several Universal B-musicals and RKO melodramas, survived two leading-lady stints with zany funsters Olsen and Johnson (Crazy House and Ghost Catchers), and, in Abbott and Costello's Here Come the Coeds (1945), she had the dubious honor of playing Bud Abbott's sister. the beautiful Martha O'Driscoll started off modeling as a child. Her parents were nonprofessionals. Trained in singing and dancing, she was discovered by choreographer Hermes Pan in a local theater production in Phoenix, which led to unbilled bits in musical movies from 1935. Once she had her foot in the door, she was groomed in more visible parts and began pitching products for Max Factor and Royal Crown Cola, among many others, in magazine ads, while such endorsements promoted her upcoming pictures in return. She attracted film offers from both Paramount and Universal studios in her twelve Hollywood years, which included musicals, silly slapstick and horror films. She appeared as "Daisy Mae" in the first screen version of Li'l Abner (1940) and proved a sexy foil for Abbott & Costello and Olsen & Johnson in their comedy vehicles. She played the pretty prairie flower to a couple of notable western film stars including Tim Holt, and was terrorized by the Wolfman, Dracula AND the Frankenstein Monster in her most notable feature House of Dracula (1945). In 1943, she married a Lieutenant commander in the U.S. Navy but they separated ten months later. Following her last film Carnegie Hall (1947) and a final divorce decree from her first marriage, she married a second time to Chicago businessman Arthur Appleton, heir to an industrial empire, and retired completely. She was only 25. In Chicago, she became one of the city's more civic-minded leaders, an interest which would last for more than four decades. She also served as an executive for many committees, including the Sarah Siddons Society, and on the Board of Directors for a few of her husband's companies. From time to time, she even appeared in nostalgia conventions. She died in 1998.

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