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Goofs from Dracula (1931)

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  • When Dracula's brides converge on Renfield after he has passed out, Dracula enters and motions them away. As they are walking backwards, one bride steps on another bride's dress causing one bride to "catch" another. It is possible that she may have stepped on her own dress.
  • In the scene where Van Helsing is attempting to catch Dracula's lack of reflection in a mirror, there are visible chalk marks on the floor showing Bela Lugosi where to stand for the shot.
  • After Renfield accidentally cuts his finger, his bed is seen turned down in the long shot. Although Dracula has not had the time to perform the courtesy.
  • When Renfield is killed, the sound of his body rolling down the steps reveals that they are actually made of wood and not stone.
  • Pieces of cardboard placed on the lamps in bedrooms, apparently to shield lights for close-ups. It may have been intentional but no one in the cast ever notices.
  • Dr. Seward's sanitarium is said to be both "near London" and "in Whitby." Whitby, on the Yorkshire coast in northern England, is nowhere near London.
  • When the street doors of the London concert hall open to admit Dracula, the orchestra can be heard playing Franz Schubert's "Unfinished Symphony". But in the next shot, an instant later, they are playing the conclusion of the prelude to Richard Wagner's "Die Meistersinger".
  • When Dracula is asking if Renfield has kept his trip to Transylvania secret, Renfield's valise jumps from Dracula's hands to the table. This is the result of a cut line.
  • Joan Standing is wrongly credited as a maid, but she was actually playing the part of Briggs (a nurse). Moon Carroll played the uncredited part as a maid. She's the one who faints when Renfield is laughing very scary.
  • On main title, Carl Laemmle's studio affiliation is listed as "Presient"
  • Dr. Seward threatens to have Renfield confined in a "strait-jacket". Although this is probably a translation convention for the American audience rather than an unintentional slip, a British doctor would say "strait-waistcoat," which is what he says in Bram Stoker's novel and other filmed enactions of this scene.
  • When the vampire bat hovers outside Lucy's window and flaps its wings, you can see the wires attached to the bat, pulling it up and down and causing the wings to flap.
  • When the innkeeper tells Renfield about Dracula, he holds his pipe in his left hand, except for one shot when it is in his right.
  • The London girl selling flowers who is attacked by Count Dracula before he enters the concert hall can be seen moving while the policeman is blowing his whistle, even though she is supposedly dead.
  • In the first shots of Dracula's castle a Virginia opossum, native to North America is seen in a castle in Transylvania.
  • Armadillos (native to the Americas) are seen in Dracula's castle in Transylvania.
  • When Dracula and Renfield first enter the castle bedroom, the door is closing by itself, hinged on the right side; after a scene shift the door is seen still closing (when it should have been shut by now), but is now hinged on the opposite side.
  • At one point Dracula gets out of his Carfax Abbey coffin. In the background can be seen the great hall standing set for London After Midnight. A still exists of Lugosi carrying Chandler down these stairs and the scene is in the Spanish version. However, later his coffin is in the basement.
  • In the film the peasant woman crosses herself in the Western way - from left to right. However, as she is Romanian, she would likely be Orthodox and would cross herself in the Eastern way - from right to left with three fingers held together.
  • The first segment of the film set in Transylvania, much like the novel "Dracula", appears to be set as if the time frame is in the 19th century with horse drawn carriages, no electricity, and masted sailing ships. When Dracula arrives in England, the time period seems to shift to the (then) modern day of the 1930s. However in the 1930s, many areas of Europe were still without electricity or motor cars.
  • Armadillos have leashes, bats have wires visible.
  • When Mina and Lucy discuss Dracula, in the mirror reflection shot Mina's hands are in a certain position. It then cuts to a shot of them facing the mirror and her hands are positioned differently.
  • When Renfield first enters the great hall of Castle Dracula the wall of windows to his right are glowing with light and cast distinct shadows as if lit by the sun, however he has arrived a the castle well after midnight. Presumably this is moonlight.
  • During shots of the ship sailing in route to London the ship is experiencing very rough, rolling, and stormy seas including both torrential rain and waves washing across the decks and yet when shots of Dracula are shown as he comes up from the lower decks show a stable and completely dry setting.
  • Wolf's bane is on the sleeping Mina's neck prior to Van Helsing's advice to use wolf's bane.
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