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Trivia for Dracula's Daughter (1936)

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  • Bela Lugosi earned $4,000 for his participation in publicity photos for this film (he does not actually appear in it).
  • This was originally to be another project for director James Whale. The script he submitted was so "outrageous" (in various senses of the word) that he was taken off the project. A sizable list of writers submitted treatments and scripts.
  • Takes place immediately after the events of Dracula (1931).
  • Director Lambert Hillyer was injured on the 9th day of production (according to publicity, Friday the 13th) when a free-standing fill light toppled on his head. Nearly half a day of shooting was lost when he was briefly hospitalized. However, filming started February 4, 1936 and finished March 10, 1936, and there was a Thursday the 13th, but no Friday the 13th in that time interval.
  • Top-echelon director A. Edward Sutherland was assigned to direct after James Whale left the project. His contract contained an unusual "Pay or Play" clause, and he earned $17,500 for his involvement in the production. Because of interminable production delays, Sutherland moved on to another project before shooting began. His replacement, Lambert Hillyer, who had directed mostly "B" westerns, earned just $5,000 for directing the film.
  • Some elements of the plot are from Bram Stoker's story "Dracula's Guest" which was written as a chapter in his 1897 novel "Dracula," but excised due to the novel's length. It was first published in 1914, two years after Stoker's death. Other elements are loosely based on the 1872 short story "Carmilla" by Sheridan Le Fanu.
  • The last horror film produced under the supervision of Carl Laemmle.
  • Completed for $278,000 it was one of Universal's most expensive productions of the 1930s.
  • Four days after production wrapped, Universal's principal creditor, Standard Capital Corp., seized control of the studio and the Laemmle family - including patriarch Carl Laemmle, who had founded the studio - were unceremoniously kicked out.
  • Part of the original Shock Theatre package of 52 Universal titles released to television in 1957, followed a year later with Son of Shock, which added 20 more features.
  • Initially Bela Lugosi and Jane Wyatt were set to star in the film. Universal also announced that Boris Karloff and Colin Clive, who had starred together in Frankenstein (1931) and Bride of Frankenstein (1935), would appear, and that Cesar Romero would play Dr. Garth.
  • Originally, Universal wanted to make a sequel based on Bram Stoker's short story 'Dracula's Guest' and negotiated with Stoker's widow Florence. During the talks between the two, it was discovered that Bram Stoker had not complied with one requirement of the U.S Copyright office with his novel 'Dracula', which rendered it public domain in the United States. Because Florence wanted more creative control over the sequel, and Bela Lugosi wanted more money to reprise the role of Count Dracula, Universal instead hired John L. Balderston to write a new story.
  • Although Dracula (1931) was set in the 19th century, this film is set in the 1930s.
  • The Dracula corpse was a waxwork in the likeness of Bela Lugosi.
  • At 53, Edward Van Sloan was only three years older than Otto Kruger.
  • Originally Jane Wyatt was cast as Lili, however Universal presumably cast Nan Grey because she was a blonde giving contrast to the leading lady Gloria Holden. Movie producers, especially in the Golden Age Of Hollywood, generally preferred that actresses have two different hair colors when a villainess is involved, to give distinct contrasts. And of course Wyatt was always a brunette.
  • "Dracula's Daughter" contains a scene which was deemed rather suggestive for the times. When the homeless young lady is invited back to the rooms of the undead Countess, there is a hint of lesbianism.
  • Despite Bela Lugosi's not appearing in the film, there are some existing photos of him and Gloria Holden on the set during production.
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