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    Dracula (Universal International, R-1966). French Grande (47" X 63").
    In 1897, Irish author Bram Stoker wrote Dracula, the story of a mysterious Transylvanian Count who was also a centuries-old vampire. Although not an immediate popular success, the book received considerable critical praise, and spawned several stage adaptations. When the play came to Broadway in 1927, the lead role of Dracula was assigned to an unknown Hungarian actor named Bela Lugosi, for which he received overwhelming acclaim from the day's theater critics. Nevertheless, when Universal Pictures' new studio head Carl Laemmle Jr. announced his intentions to bring a version of the popular play to the silver screen, Lugosi was far from his first choice to portray the lead role. It was only after the studio determined that Lugosi was desperate enough for the role to work cheaply that they awarded him the plum assignment. In the end, Lugosi received a mere $500 a week for seven weeks work, far from the $2,000 per week received by David Manners, who played Jonathan Harker in a bland and forgettable role. There is a small hole near the lower credits, edge and fold wear with separations, crossfold separations, a vertical tear from the lower edge to Helen Chandler's credit, a chip under Frye's credit, a small stain near the upper edge, a lift in the upper corners, toning, and museum tape on the verso. Folded, Fine+.

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