Last month we honored Mavis, daughter of Dracula in the animated kidflick Hotel Transylvania
, opening tomorrow, so…
…this week let’s recognize the Count’s original distaff offspring, and unhappy heir to his vampirism, Countess Marya Zaleska, title character of Dracula’s Daughter
Memorably played by Gloria Holden in this first sequel to Universal’s 1931 Dracula
, the Countess yearns to be free of her sanguinary—and sometimes Sapphic—appetites, but as usual, conversion therapy doesn’t take. This moody, restrained melodrama, directed by Lambert Hillyer, is maybe one of the less popular of the Universal monster pictures, but shouldn’t be overlooked.
RIP to singer Andy Williams, passed on
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