Dracula (1931) - full transcript

After a harrowing ride through the Carpathian mountains in eastern Europe, Renfield enters castle Dracula to finalize the transferral of Carfax Abbey in London to Count Dracula, who is in actuality a vampire. Renfield is drugged by the eerily hypnotic count, and turned into one of his thralls, protecting him during his sea voyage to London. After sucking the blood and turning the young Lucy Weston into a vampire, Dracula turns his attention to her friend Mina Seward, daughter of Dr. Seward who then calls in a specialist, Dr. Van Helsing, to diagnose the sudden deterioration of Mina's health. Van Helsing, realizing that Dracula is indeed a vampire, tries to prepare Mina's fiance, John Harker, and Dr. Seward for what is to come and the measures that will have to be taken to prevent Mina from becoming one of the undead.


"Among the rugged peaks that
frown down upon the Borgo Pass

"are found crumbling castles
of a bygone age."

I say, driver,
a bit slower.

No, no!

We must reach the inn
before sundown.

And why, pray?

It is Walpurgis Night,
the night of evil.


On this night, madam,
the doors, they are barred

and to the Virgin
we pray.



I say, porter.

Don't take my luggage down. I'm
going on to Borgo Pass tonight.


No, no, please.
Put that back up there.

The driver,
he is afraid.

Walpurgis Night.

Good fellow, he is.

He wants me to ask if you can
wait and go on after sunrise.

Well, I'm sorry,
but there's a carriage

meeting me at
Borgo Pass at midnight.

Borgo Pass?

Whose carriage?

Count Dracula's.

Count Dracula's?


Castle Dracula?

Yes, that's where
I'm going.

To the castle?


No. You mustn't
go there.

We people of
the mountains believe

at the castle
there are vampires!

Dracula and his wives.

They take the form
of wolves and bats.

They leave their
coffins at night

and they feed on
the blood of the living.

Oh, but that's
all superstition.

Why, I can't
understand why...


Look, the sun.

When it is gone,
they leave their coffins.

Come. We must go indoors.

But wait! I mean,
just a minute, I...

What I'm trying to say
is that I'm not afraid.

I've explained to the driver that
it's a matter of business with me.

I've got to go.

Well, good night.

WOMAN: Wait. Please.

If you must go,
wear this,

for your mother's sake.

It will protect you.








The coach from
Count Dracula?

Hey, driver!

I say, driver, what do you
mean by going at this...



lam Dracula.


It's really
good to see you.

I don't know what happened to the
driver and my luggage and...

Well, and with all this, I thought
I was in the wrong place.

I bid you welcome.


Listen to them.

Children of the night.

What music they make.

The spider spinning his web
for the unwary fly.

The blood is the life,
Mr. Renfield.





I'm sure you will find this part
of my castle more inviting.

Well, rather. It's quite
different from outside.

Oh, and the fire,
it's so cheerful.

I didn't know,
but that you might be hungry.

Thank you.
That's very kind of you,

but I'm a bit
worried about my luggage.

You see,
all your papers were in...

I took the liberty of having
your luggage brought up.

Allow me.

Oh, yes.



I trust you have kept
your coming here a secret.

I've followed your
instructions implicitly.

Excellent, Mr. Renfield.


And now,
if you're not too fatigued,

I would like to discuss
the lease on Carfax Abbey.

Oh, yes. Everything is in order
awaiting your signature.

Well, here.
Here's the lease.

Why, I hope I've brought enough
labels for your luggage.

I'm taking with me
only three boxes.

Very well.

I have chartered a ship
to take us to England.

We will be leaving
tomorrow evening.

Everything will be ready.

I hope you will
find this comfortable.

It looks very inviting.


Oh, it's nothing serious. Just a
small cut from that paper clip.

It's just a scratch.

This is very old wine.

I hope you will like it.

Aren't you drinking?

I never drink wine.


It's delicious.

And now I'll leave you.

Well, good night.

Good night,
Mr. Renfield.



Master, the sun is gone!

You will keep your promise when we
get to London, won't you, Master?

You will see
that I get lives?

Not human lives,
but small ones

with blood in them.

I'll be loyal
to you, Master.

I'll be loyal!


MAN 1: Must be a Scandinavian ship.
That's what it looks to me like.

MAN 2: Here now, here now,
get back.

Nobody goes aboard this here
boat but the authorities.

MAN 3: The captain dead,
tied to the wheel.

Horrible tragedy,
horrible tragedy.

Master, we're here!

You can't hear what I'm
saying, but we're here!

We're safe!

MAN: They must have
come through a terrible storm.


MAN: What's that?

Why, it's come
from that hatchway!


Why, he's mad!
Look at his eyes.

Why, the man's gone crazy.


Violets! Violets! Flower
for your buttonhole, sir.

Flower for your
buttonhole, sir.

Flower for your
buttonhole, sir.

Flower for your buttonhole.
Here's a nice one.









And after you
deliver the message,

you will remember
nothing I now say.


Dr. Seward?

You're wanted
on the telephone.

Thank you.
Well, excuse me, dear.

Oh, Father,
if it's from home,

will you say I'm spending the
night in town with Lucy?

All right, dear.

Pardon me.

I could not help
overhearing your name.

Might I inquire if you are the Dr.
Seward whose sanitarium is at Whitby?


I'm Count Dracula.

I have just leased
Carfax Abbey.

I understand it
adjoins your grounds.

Why, yes, it does.

I'm very happy to
make your acquaintance.

May I present
my daughter Mina?

Count Dracula.

DR. SEWARD: Miss Weston.

How do you do?

And Mr. Harker.

How do you do?

Count Dracula's just
taken Carfax Abbey.

Oh, it'll be a relief to see light
in those dismal old windows.

It will, indeed. You'll excuse
me, I'm wanted on the telephone.

The Abbey could
be very attractive,

but I should imagine it would
need quite extensive repairs.

I shall do very
little repairing.

It reminds me of
the broken battlements

of my own castle
in Transylvania.

The Abbey always reminds me
of that old toast

about lofty timbers.

"The walls around are bare,

"echoing to our laughter

"as though
the dead were there."

Nice little sentiment.

But there's more,
even nicer.

"Pass a cup to
the dead already,

"a round for
the next to die..."

Oh, never mind
the rest, dear.


To die,
to be really dead,

that must be glorious.

Why, Count Dracula!

There are far
worse things

awaiting man

than death.


me of the broken battlements

of my own castle
in Transylvania.


Oh, Lucy.
You're so romantic.

Laugh all you like.

I think he's fascinating.

I suppose he's all right.

But give me someone
a little more normal.

Like John?

Yes, dear,
like John.




Well, Countess,

I'll leave you to your Count
and his ruined abbey.


Good night, Lucy.
Good night, dear.

The fog seems to be
closing down a bit, sir.

Another death.


Dr. Seward, when did Miss Weston
have the last transfusion?

About four hours ago.

An unnatural loss of blood,

which we've been
powerless to check.

On the throat
of each victim,

the same two marks.



He probably wants
his flies again!

RENFIELD: No, Martin, please!

Please don't, Martin!
Oh, Martin, please!

Please, Martin!
No, Martin!

Oh, Martin, please!

Here, give it to me now!

No, no, no, Martin! Please!

No, Martin! Martin, don't!

Don't throw my spider
away from me. Oh, Martin.


Ain't you ashamed now?
Ain't you?

Spiders now, is it?

Flies ain't good enough?

Flies? Flies?

Poor, puny things.

Who wants to eat flies?

You do, you loony.

Not when I can get
nice, fat spiders!

All right.
Have it your own way.

Read, dummkopf,
where I have marked.



we are dealing
with the undead.


Yes, Nosferatu,

the undead,
the vampire.

The vampire
attacks the throat.

It leaves
two little wounds,

white with red centers.

Dr. Seward,
your patient, Renfield,

whose blood I
have just analyzed,

is obsessed with the idea

that he must
devour living things

in order to
sustain his own life.

But Professor Van Helsing,

modern medical science does
not admit of such a creature.

The vampire is a pure
myth, superstition.

I may be able to
bring you proof

that the superstition
of yesterday

can become the scientific
reality of today.

But, Professor,
Renfield's cravings

have always been for
small living things.

Nothing human.

As far as
we know, Doctor.

But you tell me that
he escapes from his room.

He is gone for hours.

Where does he go?


Well, Mr. Renfield,

you are looking much better than you
did this morning when I arrived.

I'm feeling much better.

I am here to help you.

You understand that,
do you not?

Why, of course.
And I'm very grateful.

Keep your filthy
hands to yourself!

Now, now, Renfield.

Oh, Dr. Seward,
send me away from this place.

Send me far away.

Why are you so
anxious to get away?

My cries at night,
they might disturb Miss Mina.


They might give her bad dreams,
Professor Van Helsing.

Bad dreams.



That sounded like a wolf.

(CHUCKLES) Yes, it did.

But I hardly think there
are wolves so near London.

He thinks they're wolves.

Me, I've heard them
howl at night before.

He thinks
they're talking to him.

He howls and howls
back at them. He's crazy!

I might have known.
I might have known.

We know why
the wolves talk,

do we not,
Mr. Renfield?

And we know how we
can make them stop.


You know too much
to live, Van Helsing.

Now, now, Renfield.

We'll get no more out
of him now for a while.

Take him away, Martin.

On your way,
old fly eater.

I'm warning you, Dr. Seward.
If you don't send me away,

you must answer for what
will happen to Miss Mina!

All right, Martin.

Come along, now,
come along.

What was that herb
that excited him so?


It is a plant that
grows in central Europe.

The natives there use it to protect
themselves against vampires.

Renfield reacted very
violently to its scent.

Seward, I want you to have
Renfield closely watched

by day and night,
especially by night.



(WHISPERS) Yes, Master.

Master, you've come back.

No, Master, please!

Please don't
ask me to do that!

Don't! Not her!

Please don't, Master!

Don't, please!


(SOBBING) on, don't!

I lay in bed for
quite a while, reading.

And just as I was
commencing to get drowsy,

I heard dogs howling.

And when the dream came,

it seemed the whole room
was filled with mist.

It was so thick,

I could just see
the lamp by the bed,

a tiny spark
in the fog.

And then I saw two
red eyes staring at me,

and a white livid face
came down out of the mist.

It came closer

and closer.

I felt its breath
on my face,

and then its lips.


it was only a dream.

And then, in the morning,
I felt so weak.

It seemed as if all the life
had been drained out of me.

Darling, we're going to forget
all about these dreams,

think about something
cheerful, aren't we?

Allow me.

Oh, certainly, Professor.

Think for a moment.

Is there anything that might
have brought this dream on?



there's something troubling Mina,
something she won't tell us.

And the face
in the dream,

you say it seemed to
come closer and closer?

The lips touched you?

Is there anything
the matter with your throat?

Oh, no, but I...
Permit me.

No, please!
Yes, yes.


VAN HELSING: How long have
you had those little marks?



Mina, why didn't
you let us know?

Do not excite her.

When, Miss Mina?

Since the morning
after the dream.

What could have
caused them, Professor?

MAID: Count Dracula!

It's good to see you
back again, Doctor.

I heard you
have just arrived.

And you, Miss Mina.

You're looking

VAN HELSING: Pardon me,
Dr. Seward,

but I think Miss Mina
should go to her room at once.

MINA: Professor Van Helsing,

I don't believe it's as important
as you seem to think it is.

Excuse me. Count Dracula,
Professor Van Helsing.

Van Helsing.

A most
distinguished scientist

whose name we know, even in
the wilds of Transylvania.

I had a frightful
dream a few nights ago,

and I don't seem to be able
to get it out of my mind.

I hope you haven't taken
my stories too seriously.



In my humble effort to amuse
your fianc?e, Mr. Harker,

I was telling her some rather
grim tales of my far-off country.

I can imagine.


I can quite understand
Mr. Harker's concern.

I'm afraid
it's quite serious.

My dear, I'm sure Count
Dracula will excuse you.

You must go to your room as
Professor Van Helsing suggests.

Oh, but, really, Father,
I'm feeling quite well.

You had better do as
your father advises.

MINA: Very well.

Good night.


DRACULA: Miss Mina?

May I call later and inquire
how you're feeling?

Thank you.

I'm sorry, Doctor.
My visit was so ill-timed.

Not at all.

On the contrary, it may prove
to be most enlightening.

In fact, before you go, you
can be of definite service.

Anything I can do.

A moment ago,

I stumbled upon
a most amazing phenomenon,

something so incredible,

I mistrust
my own judgment.


Dr. Seward,
my humble apology.

I dislike mirrors.

Van Helsing will explain.

For one who has not lived
even a single lifetime,

you are a wise man,
Van Helsing.


What on earth
caused that?

Did you see the look on his face?
Like a wild animal!

Wild animal?
Like a madman!

What's that
running across the lawn?

Looks like a huge dog!

Or a wolf?

A wolf?

He was afraid
we might follow.


Sometimes they take the form of
wolves, but generally of bats.

What are you talking about?


But what's Dracula got to do
with wolves and bats?

Dracula is our vampire.

But surely, Professor...

A vampire casts no
reflection in the glass.

That is why Dracula
smashed the mirror.

I don't mean to be rude,

but that's the sort of thing I'd expect
one of the patients here to say.

Yes, and that is what your
English doctors would say,

your police.

The strength of the vampire is that
people will not believe in him.

Professor, vampires only
exist in ghost stories.

A vampire, Mr. Harker,

is a being that
lives after its death

by drinking
the blood of the living.

It must have blood
or it dies.

Its power lasts only
from sunset to sunrise.

During the hours
of the day,

it must rest in the earth
in which it was buried.

But then,
if Dracula were a vampire,

he'd have to
return every night

to Transylvania,
and that's impossible.

Then he must have brought his
native soil with him, boxes of it.

Boxes of earth large enough
for him to rest in.


DR. SEWARD: Renfield?
What are you doing there?

Come here.

Did you hear
what we were saying?

Yes, I heard something.


Be guided by what he says.

It's your only hope.

It's her only hope.

I begged you to send me away,
but you wouldn't.

Now it's too late.
It's happened again.

HARKER: What's happened?

Take her away from here.
Take her away before...


No, no, Master! I wasn't
going to say anything!

I told them nothing!
I'm loyal to you, Master.

VAN HELSING: What have you
to do with Dracula?


I never even
heard the name before.

You will die in torment if you die
with innocent blood on your soul.

Oh, no.

God will not damn
a lunatic's soul.

He knows that the powers
of evil are too great

for those of us
with weak minds.


Oh, Mr. Harker!
Mr. Harker, it's horrible!

Oh, it's horrible!
Dr. Seward!

Miss Mina,
out there dead!

Where? Where?

Out there!


Thank heaven she's alive.
Thank heaven for that.

Alive, yes,
but in greater danger,

for she's already
under his influence.

It's horrible, Van Helsing, horrible!

VAN HELSING: Incredible, perhaps,
but a fact. We must face it.

We must cope with it.


"Further attacks on small
children committed after dark

"by the mysterious woman in
white took place last night.

"Narratives of two small
girls, each child describing

"a beautiful lady in white
who promised her chocolates,

"enticed her to
a secluded spot

"and there bit her
slightly in the throat."



And then, Miss Mina?

Well, how could she know anything
about the woman in white?

It's bad enough for her to
read it in the newspaper...

Please, please,
Mr. Harker.

And when was the next time
you saw Miss Lucy

after she was buried?

I was downstairs
on the terrace.

She came out of the shadows
and stood looking at me.

I started to speak to her.

And then I remembered
she was dead.

The most horrible expression
came over her face.

She looked like
a hungry animal.

A wolf.

And then she turned
and ran back into the dark.

Then you know
the woman in white is...


Miss Mina,

I promise you that after tonight
she will remain at rest,

her soul released
from this horror.

If you can save
Lucy's soul after death,

promise me
you'll save mine.

Darling, you're not going to
die, you're going to live.

No, John.
You mustn't touch me.

And you mustn't
kiss me ever again.

What are you
trying to say?

You tell him.
You make him understand.

I can't.


It's all over, John.

Our love,
our life together.

Oh, no.

look at me like that.

I love you, John.


But this horror,
he wills it.

you must come indoors.

You must.

You know what you're
doing to her, Professor?

You're driving her crazy!

Mr. Harker, that is what
you should be worrying about.

The last rays of the day's
sun will soon be gone,

and another night will be upon us.

Dr. Seward,
I'm taking Mina with me

to London tonight or
I'll call in the police.

But, John...

Mina, please
get your bags packed.

Seward, I must be master here
or I can do nothing.



both this room
and your bedroom

have been prepared
with wolfsbane.

You will be safe
if Dracula returns.

She'll be safe, all right,
because she's going with me.

Mina, I'll be waiting
for you in the library.

Oh, John!
Father, talk to him.

Please don't let him go.

Oh, Briggs-

Miss Mina is to wear
this wreath of wolfsbane

when she goes to bed.

Watch her closely,

and see that she does not
remove it in her sleep.

I understand, Professor.

And under no circumstances must
these windows be opened tonight.

Very well, sir.



You will recollect

that Dracula cast
no reflection in the mirror.


And that three boxes of earth were
delivered to him at Carfax Abbey.


And knowing that a vampire must
rest by day in his native soil,

I am convinced
that this Dracula is no legend

but an undead creature whose life
has been unnaturally prolonged.

HARKER: Well, Dr. Seward,
what about it?

Is Mina going
with me or not?

If you take her from under our
protection, you will kill her.

Now, John, please,
please, be patient.

VAN HELSING: Mr. Harker,
please, come here.


John, I know you love her,

but don't forget
she's my daughter,

and I must do
what I think is best.

Mr. Harker,

I have devoted my lifetime to the
study of many strange things,

little-known facts,
which the world

is perhaps better
off not knowing.

HARKER: I know,

but, Professor, all I want is to
get Mina away from all of this.

That will do no good.

Our only chance of
saving Miss Mina's life

is to find the hiding place
of Dracula's living corpse

and to drive
a stake through its heart.

RENFIELD: Isn't this a strange
conversation for men who aren't crazy?

DR. SEWARD: Renfield, you're compelling
me to put you in a straitjacket.

You forget, Doctor, that
madmen have great strength.

Dracula has great
strength, eh, Renfield?

Words, words, words.

Oh, Martin. Didn't I warn you
to keep a strict watch?

What? What? Again?

Yes, sir.
At once, sir.

Yes, sir.
Right away, sir.

Here. The doctor's pet
loony is loose again.

He came and stood below my
window in the moonlight.

And he promised me things.

Not in words,

but by doing them.

Doing them?

By making them happen.

A red mist
spread over the lawn,

coming on like
a flame of fire.

And then he parted it.

And I could see that there
were thousands of rats

with their eyes
blazing red,

like his,
only smaller.

And then he
held up his hand,

and they all stopped.

And I thought he
seemed to be saying,

"Rats. Rats.



millions of them.

"All red blood,

"all these will I give you

"if you will obey me."

What did he
want you to do?

That which has
already been done.


Strike me down dead, Doctor.
He's got me going.

Now he's twisted and broken them
iron bars as if they was cheese.

Dracula is in the house.

BOTH: In the house?

Doctor, this time he can do no harm.
We are ready for him.

Martin, come with me.

I'll show you where we can put Mr.
Renfield where he won't escape again.

All right, but I have me doubts.
Come along, old fly eater.

Now, you mustn't get
out of it this time.

I'm awfully sorry to have to lock you up,
but you've got to stay in your room.

DRACULA: Van Helsing.

Now that you have learned
what you have learned,

it would be well for you to
return to your own country.

I prefer to remain

and protect those
whom you would destroy.

You are too late.

My blood now flows
through her veins.

She will live through
the centuries to come,

as I have lived.

Should you
escape us, Dracula,

we know how to save Miss
Mina's soul, if not her life.

If she dies by day.

But I shall see
that she dies by night.

And I will have Carfax Abbey
torn down stone by stone,

excavated a mile around.

I will find your earth box and drive
that stake through your heart.

Come here.



Your will is strong,

Van Helsing.

More wolfsbane?

More effective
than wolfsbane, Count.



MINA: Open the windows,
Briggs, and let in some air.

The odor in the room from that
horrible weed is stifling.

I can't stand it.

BRIGGS: But the Professor
gave orders.

MINA: Oh, never mind
the Professor now.

Now, please, go back to bed at once.
I'm going to call your father.

What is it, Briggs?

Oh, I don't know,
Mr. Harker.

I felt strangely dizzy.

And when it cleared away,

Miss Mina was up and dressed
and out on the terrace.

And I can't get
her to go to bed.

Well, let me see her.
Tell her I'm here.

MINA: John.

Oh, John,
I'm so glad you're here.

Well, what have they
been doing to me, dear?

Locking me in my room.

And the horrible
smell of that awful weed.

It's been like a nightmare.

What's been the matter?

Why are you
looking at me like that?


You're so...
Like a changed girl.

Oh, you look wonderful.

I feel wonderful.

I've never felt
better in my life.

Oh, I'm so glad to
see you like this.

I've been awfully
worried about you.

BRIGGS: Mr. Harker.

You better bring
Miss Mina inside.

That's all right, Briggs,
now that I'm here.

Run along, Briggs.
Don't worry.

John. Look,
the fog's lifting.

See how plain you
can see the stars?


Millions of them.

I've never seen them
so close.

Why, it looks as if you could
reach out and touch them.

Would you like me
to get you a hat...

Why, what's the matter?

Oh, nothing.
Nothing at all.


Let's sit down.

Van Helsing.

Seward, that which I feared from
the beginning has happened.


Dracula boasts that he has fused
his blood with that of Miss Mina.

In life, she will now become the
foul thing of the night that he is.

But Van Helsing...
No, no, come, Seward.

Come, there's not
a moment to be lost.

Oh, but I love the fog.
I love nights with fog.

But only yesterday you said
you were afraid of the night.

But, darling, I could never
have said anything so silly.

I couldn't.
I love the night.

That's the only time
I feel really alive.

There's that bat again.



Look out.
He'll get in your hair.


My, that was a big bat.

I will.

You will what?

Oh, I didn't say anything.

Yes, you did.
You said, "I will."

Oh, no, I didn't.

John, come.
Sit down.

There must be some way,
some way to save her.

There is only one...
MINA: John.

That funny little old
professor, he has a crucifix.

Now, I want you to get it
away from him and hide it.

But why, dear?

Oh, he'll be wanting
to protect me again

from the night or Count
Dracula or whatever it is.

HARKER: Well, I don't know.
He may be right, Mina.

Your eyes.

They look at me
so strangely.


Mina, you're...

No, Mina, no!


Give me that. What's the idea?
Have you gone crazy?

(SOBBING) What are you trying to do?
Frighten her to death?

No, I was trying
to save her.

Save her? That's a fine way.
It's all right, darling.

Oh, John, darling,
you must go away from me...



The cross,
put it away.

After what's happened,
I can't bear to look at it.

What's happened?

I can't tell you.
I can't.

Ah, but you must. You must tell me.
I have a right to know.

Oh, John.

You can believe everything he says.
It's all the truth.

Dracula, he...


Well, what's he done
to you, dearie? Tell me.

He came to me.

He opened
a vein in his arm

and he made me drink...


What is it?
Who is it, Martin?

It's that big
gray bat again, sir.

VAN HELSING: It's no use of
wasting your bullets, Martin.

They cannot harm that bat.

No, sir.

He's crazy.

They're all crazy.

They're all crazy,
except you and me.

Sometimes I have
me doubts about you.




That's Renfield.
What's he doing at the Abbey?

Come, Mr. Harker.


Master! Master, I'm here!

Where else would he be going
but to Dracula?

What is it, Master?

What do you
want me to do?

Look, here's an opening.



I didn't lead
them here, Master.

I didn't know.
I swear.

No! No!


I'm loyal to you, Master.

I'm your slave.
I didn't betray you.

Oh, no, don't!
Don't kill me!

Let me live, please!

Punish me, torture
me, but let me live!

I can't die with all those
lives on my conscience!

All that blood
on my hands!


Mina! Mina!

He'll kill her if
we don't get to her.

We must not be too late.


We have him trapped. Day is breaking.
We have him trapped.

He's killing her.

Mina! Mina,
where are you?

Mina. Mina.

Mina, where are you?



Mina! Mina!

Harker! Harker!


Where are you?

Here. Here, Harker.
I have found them.

Get me a piece
of stone, anything.

It will help me drive the
stake through their hearts.


Is she...
How is she?

She is not here.

Then she may be alive.

Mina! Mina!








Mina! Mina!

Oh, John.
John, darling.

I heard you calling,
but I couldn't say anything.

We thought he'd
killed you, dear.

The daylight stopped him.

Oh, if you could have seen
the look on his face.

There's nothing more to fear, Miss Mina.
Dracula is dead forever.

You must go.

But aren't you
coming with us?

Not yet, presently.
Come, John.