Dracula - 1931 | Complete Story and Screenshots

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Meanwhile, outside the Sanitarium: Mina enters the garden where Dracula stands waiting. Van Helsing, Seward and Harker talk in the Seward Parlour.

HARKER: But professor, vampires only exist in ghost stories.

HELSING: The vampire, Mr. Harker, is a thing 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.

SEWARD: But then, if Dracula were a vampire, he would have to return every night to Transylvania. That's impossible!

HELSING: Then he must have brought his native soil with him. Boxes of it. Boxes of earth large enough for him to rest in.

Renfield laughs O.S.

SEWARD: Renfield? What are you doing there? Come here.

Renfield enters.

SEWARD: Did you hear what we were saying?

RENFIELD: Yes, I heard something. Enough. 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.

SEWARD: What's happened?

RENFIELD: Take her away from here. Take her away before...

The Bat enters.

RENFIELD: No, no, master. I wasn't going to say anything. I told them nothing. I'm loyal to you, master.

Harker shoos the Bat outside.

HELSING: What have you to do with Dracula?

RENFIELD: Dracula? I never even heard the name before.

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

RENFIELD: 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.

The maid screams O.S.

MAID: Oh, Mr. Harker! Mr. Harker, it's 'orrible!

MAID (enters from the terrace): Oh, it's 'orrible! Dr. Seward! Miss Mina...out there dead!

HARKER: Out where?

MAID: Out there!

Harker exits. Van Helsing and Seward move to the garden. Renfield laughs, the maid faints. On the Sanitarium lawn, Van Helsing and Seward find Mina. Harker carries Mina.

SEWARD: Thank heavens, she's alive. Thank heaven for that.

HELSING: Alive, yes, but in greater danger for she's already under his influence.

SEWARD: Horrible, Van Helsing, horrible. Incredible.

HELSING: Incredible, perhaps, but we must...

Van Helsing, Seward, Harker and Mina exit into the house. Dracula peers out from behind a tree. Later that night, a policeman walks down the path of a London park. We hear a child cry. Lucy exits into the shadows. The next day at the Seward Sanitarium, Martin reads a newspaper to two nurses.

MARTIN: "...several 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 "bootiful lady in white" who promised her chocolates, enticed her to a secluded spot, and there bit her slightly in the throat.

NURSE: Ghosts!

MARTIN: Vampires.

Late that afternoon, Mina's Bedroom: Van Helsing, Harker and Mina sit on the terrace.

HELSING: And then, Miss Mina?

HARKER: How could she know anything about the woman in white? It's bad enough for her to read it in the newspaper without...

HELSING: Please, please, Mr. Harker. And when was the next time you saw Miss Lucy after she was buried?

Harker exits.

MINA: 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. Then she turned and ran back into the dark.

HELSING: Then you know the woman in white is...

MINA: ...Lucy.

HELSING: Miss Mina, I promise you that after tonight she will remain at rest, her soul released from this horror.

Harker enters.

MINA: If you can save Lucy's soul after death, promise me you'll save mine.

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

MINA: No, John, you mustn't touch me, and you mustn't kiss me ever again.

HARKER: What are you trying to say?

MINA: You tell him. You make him understand. I can't.

Van Helsing exits.

MINA: Professor? It's all over, John, our love, our life together. Oh, no! No, no, don't look at me like that. I love you, John...you...but this horror! He wills it to me.

HELSING (calling from inside Mina's bedroom): Mina, you must come indoors. You must.

Mina and Harker come inside.

HARKER: Do you know what you're doing to her, Professor? You're driving her crazy.

HELSING: 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.

Seward enters.

HARKER: Dr. Seward, I'm taking Mina with me to London tonight or I'll call in the police.

SEWARD: But, John!

HARKER: Mina, please get your bags packed.

HELSING: Seward, I must be master here or I can do nothing. Right, Miss Mina? Both this room and your bedroom have been prepared with wolfbane. You will be safe if Dracula returns.

HARKER: She'll be safe alright because she's going with me. Mina, I will be waiting for you in the library.

Harker exits.

MINA: Oh, John! Father, talk to him. Please don't let him go.

Seward and Mina exit.

HELSING: Oh, Briggs.

Briggs enters.

HELSING: Miss Mina is to wear this wreath of wolfbane when she goes to bed. Watch her closely and see that she does not remove it in her sleep.

BRIGGS: I understand, professor.

HELSING: And under no circumstances must these windows be opened tonight.

BRIGGS: Very well, sir.

Sundown, the Crypt at Carfax Abbey: Dracula awakens from his coffin. We hear a Wolf call O.S. Later that evening, Van Helsing, Harker and Seward enter the Seward Parlour.

HELSING: You will recollect that Dracula casts no reflection in the mirror.


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

SEWARD: Right.

HELSING: 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?

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

SEWARD: Now, John, please. Please, be patient.

HELSING: Mr. Harker, please, come here.


SEWARD: John, I know you love her, but don't forget she's my daughter, and I must do what I think is best.

HELSING: Mr. Harker, I have devoted my lifetime to the study of many strange things...little known facts which the world is perhaps better off for not knowing.

HARKER: I know. But professor, all I want is to get Mina away from all of this.

HELSING: 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 his heart.

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

SEWARD: Renfield, you're compelling me to put you in a strait jacket.

RENFIELD: You forget, Doctor, that madmen have great strength.

HELSING: Dracula has great strength, hey, Renfield?

RENFIELD: Words, words, words!

SEWARD (talking on telephone): Hello, Martin, didn't I warn you to keep a strict watch?

The Sanitarium Ward: Martin speaks on the telephone.

MARTIN: What? Again? Yes, sir. At once, sir. Yes, sir. Right away, sir. Here, the doctor's pet loony is loose again.

The Seward Parlour: Renfield talks to Van Helsing, Harker and Seward.

RENFIELD: He came to my window in the moonlight. He promised me things. Not in words, but by doing them.

HELSING: Doing them?

RENFIELD: By making them happen. A red mist spreads 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.

Martin enters.

RENFIELD: And then he held up his hand and they all stopped. And I thought he seemed to be saying, "Rats...rats...rats! Thousands! Millions of them! All red blood! All these will I give you if you will obey me."

Dracula enters at the terrace door.

HELSING: What did he want you to do?

RENFIELD: That which has already been done.

MARTIN: Strike me down dead, Doctor. He's got me going. Now he's twisted and broken them iron bars as if they was cheese.

HELSING: Dracula is in the house.

SEWARD: In the house?

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

SEWARD: Martin, come with me. I'll show you where we can put Mr. Renfield where he won't escape again.

MARTIN: Well, all right, but I have me doubts. Come on, old fly eater.

Seward, Renfield, and Martin exit.

DRACULA: Van Helsing! Now that you have learned what you have learned, it would be well for you to return to your own country.

HELSING: I prefer to remain and protect those whom you would destroy.

DRACULA: You are too late. My blood now flows through her veins. She will live through the centuries to come...as I have lived.

HELSING: Should you escape us, Dracula, we know how to save Miss Mina's soul if not her life.

DRACULA: If she dies by day. But I shall see that she dies by night.

HELSING: 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.

DRACULA: Come here. Come...here.

Helsing takes three steps toward Dracula, then backs up.

DRACULA: Your will is strong, Van Helsing.

Dracula approaches Van Helsing. Van Helsing reaches into his pocket.

DRACULA: More wolfbane?

HELSING: More effective than wolfbane, Count.

DRACULA: Indeed?

Van Helsing pulls out a crucifix, Dracula snarls and turns away.

That night, the Hallway outside Mina's Bedroom: Harker listens in as Briggs prepares Mina for bed.

MINA: Open the window, Briggs, so that you can let in some air. The awful smell from that horrible weed. It's stifling. I can't stand it.

BRIGGS: But the professor gave orders.

MINA: Oh, never mind the professor now.

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

Briggs exits into the hallway.

HARKER: What is it, Briggs?

BRIGGS: 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.

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

Harker enters Mina's room. Mina stands out on the terrace.

MINA: John? Oh, John, I'm so glad you're here. What have they been doing to me, dear? Locking me in my room! Oh, 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?

HARKER: Mina, you're so...like a changed girl. You look wonderful.

MINA: I feel wonderful. I've never felt better in my life.

HARKER: I'm so glad to see you like this. I've been awfully worried about you.

BRIGGS (enters): Mr. Harker, you've got to bring Miss Mina inside.

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

MINA: Run along, Briggs, don't worry.

Briggs exits.

MINA: John, look! The fog's lifting. See how plain you can see the stars.

HARKER: Yes, millions of them. I've never seen them so close. Why, it looks as though you could reach out and touch them. Would you like me to get your hat? Why, what's the matter?

MINA: Oh, nothing. Nothing at all. Come. Let's sit down.

Meanwhile, Van Helsing and Seward exit the Seward Parlour and head towards the stairs.

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


HELSING: 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.

SEWARD: But, Van Helsing...

HELSING: No, no, come, Seward, come. There's not a moment to be lost.

Mina's bedroom: Mina and Harker sit together out on the terrace.

MINA: Oh, but I love the fog! I love nights in the fog!

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

MINA: 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.

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Resources: horrorlair.com, Script transcribed by BJ Kuehl











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