Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Our New Years Day Tribute To - Bela Lugosi

Happy New Years to everyone! This early first morning of 2013 finds me ruminating on Bela Lugosi (?) A tragic early Hollywood legend who made a huge name for himself playing Count Dracula in that classic 1931 film.It's a role he almost didn't get according to some accounts of the movies production. The directors original choice Lon Chaney Sr. died while the film was still in the planning stages.Unfortunately his thick accent limited Lugosi success and he soon found himself playing the second or third banana in a stream of Universal monster films.

By the 1950's the decline of horror films and Bela's addiction to opiates had reduced him to a shell of a person who could only get work with Ed Wood. His death occurred during the filming of "Plan 9 From Outer Space". A film rightly hailed by many as one of the worst films ever made. In it Lugosi makes a brief appearance in the beginning of the movie then his role is taken by a much taller person who holds  his cape up to cover his face. This is a story recounted in the Tim Burton / Johnny Depp film Ed Wood. Which we are presenting here in it's entirety.

What got me thinking about old Bela was coming across a video of the classic song Bela Lugosi's Dead by the pioneering punk band Bauhaus.

And here's another fun movie he was in "The Postal Inspector" was one of his few non horror roles and his only musical (his character doesn't sing).


If you want to learn more about Bela here is a link to his wikipedia page. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bela_Lugosi

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