Archive for Tod Browning

Thrills! Chills! Creeps! Suspense! (July, 1928)

Posted in 1920-1929, Movie Ads with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 20, 2018 by WB Kelso



London After Midnight (1927) Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) / P: Tod Browning, Irving Thalberg / D: Tod Browning / W: Tod Browning, Waldemar Young, Joseph Farnham / C: Merritt B. Gerstad / E: Harry Reynolds, Errol Taggart / M: Jack Feinberg, Sam Feinberg / S: Lon Chaney, Marceline Day, Henry B. Walthall, Percy Williams, Conrad Nagel

The Kiss No Woman Could Resist! (May, 1931)

Posted in 1930-1939 with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on August 11, 2012 by WB Kelso




Out of Universal’s first wave of Gothic horrors, the one that probably aged the worst was also the first. Based on a popular stage version,the film adaptation of Dracula is nothing but a static recreation of the play it was based on and lacks the usual delirium of other Tod Browning flicks. And the director’s disinterested effort has been blamed on the fact that his star of choice, Lon Chaney Sr., died before filming commenced, allowing Lugosi to backdoor into the role, a role he was stuck with for his whole career (– though technically, he only reprised the role once, in Abbot & Costello meet Frankenstein). Alas, the fine folks at the Capitol Theater weren’t all that interested either, as aside from a few teaser ads (see post below), they seemed a lot more interested in the impending premiere of Lewis Milestone’s The Front Page, which was adapted again, several times, most notably by Howard Hawks for His Girl Friday.
Dracula (1931) Universal Pictures / P: E.M. Asher, Tod Browning, Carl Laemmle Jr. / D: Tod Browning / W: Hamilton Deane, John L. Balderston, Garrett Fort (play), Bram Stoker (novel) / C: Karl Freund / E: Milton Carruth / S: Bela Lugosi, Helen Chandler, David Manners, Dwight Frye, Edward Van Sloan