By Arthur Lennig
Bela Lugosi gained speedy popularity for his portrayal of the immortal count number within the 1931 movie Dracula. After a decade of making an attempt vainly to expand his variety and safe elements to problem his appearing talents, Lugosi resigned himself to a profession because the world's such a lot recognizable vampire. His final years have been spent as a forgotten and quite tragic determine. while he died in 1956, Lugosi couldn't have identified that vindication of his expertise could come―his face may decorate theaters, his photo would seem on greeting playing cards and postage stamps, his movie memorabilia may promote for greater than he earned in his whole occupation, and his Hungarian accessory will be immediately famous through thousands of people.
Martin Landau's Oscar-winning function as Lugosi within the 1994 movie Ed Wood extra an ironic twist to a occupation that had led to oblivion. In 1974, committed Lugosi fan Arthur Lennig released a very popular biography of the unsung actor. greater than two times the size of the unique and entirely rewritten, The Immortal Count presents deeper insights into Lugosi's movies and character. Drawing upon own interviews, studio memos, capturing scripts, study in Romania and Hungary, and his personal memories, Lennig has written the definitive account of Lugosi's tragic existence.
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The screenplay and discussion by means of Ernest Vajda have been drawn from a unique through Elinor Glyn, who in flip dependent her fiction at the disappearance of ecu banker Alfred Loewenstein whereas in a aircraft over the English Channel. Egged on through her grasping sister, Elinor (Catherine Dale Owen) is inveigled into marrying a multimillionaire, Ludwig Kranz (Warner Baxter). This bearded, stooped, and hook-nosed creature repulses her physically-nor does she like his character, for he's basically in fabric issues. at any time when he ways her, she feels a sit back. Appalled on the consummation almost immediately to ensue, she flees from his colossal apartment on their marriage ceremony evening. Elinor hurries again to her surprised sister, who says that "no you will come up with the money for to move a guy like Ludwig Kranz. males like which are risky. there is not any telling what he may do. " in the meantime, Kranz makes a decision on a bold plan. He hires a aircraft, dons a parachute, and in the midst of the Channel jumps out, top the realm to think that he devoted suicide. presently after, he arrives in Berlin, is going to the medical institution of Dr. Goodman (Lugosi), and tells him, "You have a name of being one of many maximum surgeons of the realm. " He asks to have his face replaced. The general practitioner refuses, explaining that he's too busy solving males who have been maimed within the battle. "I have a ready checklist of hundreds-all invaluable topics. " whilst Kranz deals him a money for 10000 kilos, the general practitioner publicizes, "You make it very tricky for me to refuse. 1 can do an excessive amount of solid for this funds. " Lugosi isn't really sinister the following, 70 BROADWAY TO HOLLYWOOD yet idealistic, in addition to continental and debonair, even though he has a number of the mannerisms of his later profession, together with the planned supply of his traces. might be no different actor may well paintings in as many pregnant pauses in what might rather be harmless discussion. After months of operations, approximately to take away Kranz's bandages, the healthcare professional says, "Just a bit minute. " the road might seem unusual, yet allow us to now not omit that the general practitioner is German and makes use of his local tongue while he speaks along with his secretary and nurses. this may be an instantaneous translation of "Einen kleinen Moment," and maybe no longer an errors as a result of Lugosi's uneasiness with English, as a few commentators have speculated. Kranz is proud of the transformation of his face, and the health care professional admits with a chuffed smile, "Oh, it's a solid activity! " Kranz is shocked whilst the healthcare professional arms his cost again to him. In hot tones, Lugosi graciously replies with sluggish gestures and detailed physique move: "I are looking to inform you a narrative, my friend-I was once a general practitioner on this planet War-and, afterwards-I studied a [sic] small hospital-to relief the true unfortunates-those who're maimed-hopelessly scarred-and-lived. there has been no funds to hold on, and that i used to be helpless. Suddenly-from somewhere-money got here in-millions-to let this paintings to be performed. not anyone knew-who gave the cash. And then-one day-I discovered the name-of my benefactor. It was once Ludwig Kranz. " because the dashes point out, Lugosi offers those traces in a studied, mannered, and still strong approach.