Dracula's Daughter

1936

Prof. Van Helsing is in danger of prosecution for the murder of Dracula until a hypnotic woman steals the Count's body and cremates it. Bloodless corpses start appearing in London again, and Hungarian countess Marya Zaleska seeks the aid of Jeffrey Garth, psychiatrist, in freeing herself of a mysterious evil influence. The scene changes from foggy London back to that eerie road to the Borgo Pass...

Cast:
Otto Kruger .... Dr. Jeffrey Garth
Gloria Holden .... Countess Marya Zaleska
Marguerite Churchill .... Janet Blake
Edward Van Sloan .... Professor Von Helsing
Gilbert Emery .... Sir Basil Humphrey
Irving Pichel .... Sandor
Halliwell Hobbes .... Constable Sergeant Hawkins
Billy Bevan .... Constable Albert
Nan Grey .... Lili
Hedda Hopper .... Lady Esme Hammond
Claud Allister .... Sir Aubrey Vail
Edgar Norton .... Hobbs, Sir Basil's Butler
E.E. Clive .... Sergeant Wilkes

Gloria Holden

Alluring, dark-haired former model and English leading lady, in Hollywood from the late 1930s through the 50s, best remembered as the title character in "Dracula's Daughter" Her chilling yet beauteous performance could possibly be listed as the first of the vampiric lesbian movies reminiscent of LeFanu's Carmilla. A young Nan Grey becomes victim of vampiress' bite. Interpreted by Holden in the title role, the vampiress neither attacks Grey outright, nor does she entirely mesmerize the young woman into submission. Rather, the victim is lovingly seduced into baring her ivory-skinned neck and shoulder for the blood-letting kiss. In witnessing the title character's predation not only against Grey but against female quarry exclusively, the viewing audience may well be transported vicariously unto the Isle of Lesbos.
Often cast as a femme fatale, Holden also appeared in "Test Pilot" (1938) opposite Spencer Tracy and Myrna Loy, "This Thing Called Love" (1941) and "The Eddie Duchin Story" (1956). Leading lady in Hollywood. Although remembered for her portrayal of Mme. Zola in Life of Emile Zola, The (1937).

Nan Grey

Born: July 25, 1918, Houston, Texas, Likable, extremely beautiful leading lady of mostly B-films, almost exclusively with Universal during a film career which included over two dozen films between 1934 and 1941. Grey is probably best remembered as one of Deanna Durbin's sisters in one of her few A-budget pictures, the delightful comedy "Three Smart Girls" (1936); she later reprised her role in a charming and popular sequel, "Three Smart Girls Grow Up" (1939). Grey also worked for director Joe May on "The Invisible Man Returns" and "The House of the Seven Gables" (both 1940) and contributed a highly touching vignette as the victim of the lesbian vampire countess in "Dracula's Daughter" (1936). She also played the leading role of Kathy Marshall on the popular radio soap opera "Those We Love" from 1938 to 1945. Grey's first husband was jockey Jackie Westrope, and she retired from acting in 1950 upon marrying her second, pop singer Frankie Laine.

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