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Dick Purcell as Captain America

Captain America serial

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Captain America serial (1944) starring Dick Purcell, Lorna Gray, Lionel Atwill

The Captain America serial from 1944 is loosely based on the comic book character. He’s pursuing an evil scientist, in pursuit of a super weapon …

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Before I Hang

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Before I Hang (1940) starring Boris Karloff, Evelyn Keyes, Edward Van Sloan

Before I Hang is a rather enjoyable Boris Karloff film, with a fine supporting cast, and a strong theme: the allure of eternal life. And a strong question: is murder in the blood?

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Dracula (1931)

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Dracula (1931) starring Bela Lugosi, Dwight Frye, Edward Van Sloan, directed by Tod Browning

Synopsis of Dracula

A truly great adaptation of the classic vampire novel.  Dracula is the story of the European vampire who comes to England to find fresh victims …  And stumbles across a young woman who reminds him of his long-lost love. This is actually based on the Broadway play, and not directly on the original novel by Bram Stoker.

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Dracula’s Daughter

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Dracula’s Daughter  (1936) starring Gloria Holden, Otto Kruger, Edward Van Sloan, Marguerite Churchill

I have to admit to being pleasantly surprised by  Dracula’s Daughter–the first sequel to the classic 1931  Dracula starring Bela Lugosi.   Unlike so many of the later Universal Dracula movies,  Dracula’s Daughter does not attempt to revive Dracula.  Rather it looks at the aftermath of his destruction, through the eyes of his daughter, Contessa Marya Zeleska. She is a very reluctant vampire, played wonderfully by Gloria Holden.

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