Poster promoting the film adaptation of Dracula starring Bela Lugosi

Description

This is a poster for the 1931 film Dracula, an adaptation of Bram Stoker’s 1897 novel of the same name. The film was directed by Tod Browning and starred Bela Lugosi. Lugosi’s performance in the title role made him famous, and he went on to star in several other horror films.

There are numerous films based on Stoker’s novel. Browning’s was not the first – the silent film Nosferatu had been released in 1922 – but it is one of the most famous.

Full title:
Bela Lugosi Poster - Dracula
Created:
12 February 1931
Format:
Poster / Ephemera / Photograph / Image
Held by:
Allstar Picture Library
Copyright:
© Allstar Picture Library and UNIVERSAL
Shelfmark:
SSW88613

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