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SECRET ORIGINS OF FRANKENSTEIN - CHAPTER 17 of 18
THE DRAC PACK

"House of DracuIa" ( I945) was the final dramatic installment of the highly successful Universal Frankenstein/Dracula franchise. House of Dracula's story, although more unified than the previous pastiche, is still highly derivative, with the Count and Larry (Wolf Man) Talbot seeking cures through the scientifically-treated mold (mold?) developed by new character Dr. Edleman, a sort of Jekyll/Hyde mad scientist. The title character was played by John Carradine.
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Uh-oh. A certain someone thinks only HE can play Dracula!
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Lon Chaney jr. returned as the Wolf Man, alive again despite expiring in the previous movie. Here he is getting made-up for action by Universal fixture Jack Pierce. What would they do without him?
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Like Wolfie, despite his death in the last film, Dracula just shows up, without any explanation whatsoever, and dressed in formal evening attire (like Bela used to wear!).
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Newspaper page created to promote the movie...
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Bela Lugosi left out of a movie called
House of Dracula? Unthinkable!
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Hey! What's that ani-motion BAT doing flying around the lobby card?
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Wow! Look who showed up
to reclaim the role of Dracula as his own!
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About halfway through the movie, the Mad Doctor exposes "Dracula" to sunlight, and he disintegrates into a pile of bones. Hey, here's a thought. Let's watch it happen over and over again through the miracle of Ani-Motion! COOL!
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XSTRANGE ADVENTURES

Reprising his role as the Frankenstein Monster was Glenn Strange, a former truck driver who would later appear on the long-running television western Gunsmoke as Sam the bartender (pictured right, no relation to the guy on "Cheers").

As you may recall, the Monster (and Karloff) disappeared into a mud pit at the end of the previous film, House of Frankenstein. In this movie, we see "Karloff's" skeleton and the Monster, both buried in mud (makes sense), as pictured below.
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Here's Strange reading a Sunday comic while getting his mud make-up done.
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BELOW: The comic seen above, a vintage strip from 1945 featuring Chester Gould's famous detective, Dick Tracy, kidnapped by a villain known as -- Flattop!
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Which raises the question...
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In this film, the Monster doesn't make it off the lab table until a full 64 minutes into the 67-minute movie...
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BELOW: The mad doctor in this film is Dr. Edleman (Onslow Stevens) seen here in a publicity photo with the Monster (Glenn Strange)...
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Jane Adams plays a rather beautiful "hunchback." Below, Adams hugs Glenn Strange for a publicity photo.
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"Ignore them ALL, my friend, I am your master.
You must obey ME -- the REAL Dracula!"
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"YES MASTER!"
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Not content with borrowing mere storylines, "House of DracuIa" also inserts a few seconds of actual FOOTAGE lifted from its predecessors, "Bride" and "Ghost," as seen below. The "Bride" scene is inserted in a nightmare-montage sequence...
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...while the stolen "Ghost" scene materializes during House of Dracula's fiery climax, as the monster is once again immolated and buried under rubble. The fall of "The House of Dracula!" Here's the side by side...
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Want to see the Monster burn? OK, you pyromaniac sadist, click play below to watch the 24-second clip! YOU KNOW YOU'RE BURNING TO DO IT!
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BELOW: Bela gets his wish!
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