1938

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1938

Omaha World Herald, January 7, 1938

Bela Lugosi, Omaha World Herald, January 7, 1938

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The Evening Independent, January 7, 1938

“DRACULA” FATHER OF SON

Hollywood, Jan. 6 – (AP) – Bela Lugosi, “Dracula” of the screen, and Mrs. Lillian Lugosi are the parents of a 7 1/2 pound son born last night.

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Reading Eagle, January 7, 1938

Hollywood, Jan. 7 (AP) – Bela Lugosi, “Dracula” of the screen, and Mrs. Lillian Lugosi are the parents of a 7 pound son born Wednesday night.

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January 8, 1938

Bela Lugosi Jobless

by Louella Parsons

What’s the matter with Hollywood producers when a fine actor like Bela Lugosi can’t get a job? I happen to know that Bela has been so down on his luck that he has been well-nigh desperate. His wife just had a baby and there was no money to pay for the doctor until the Motion Picture Relief Fund came to the rescue. One of the largest auto concerns in Hollywood, and one to which the industry has paid thousands of dollars, instead of being charitable-minded threatened to take the unpaid tires from his car, and he was in a state of near collapse expecting the child to be born and no way to get the expectant mother to the hospital.

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National Box Office digest, August, 1938

If you are within traveling distance it will be worth your while to journey to Regina one of theses nights. Because there is another treat in store for you.

And that is the ovation that greets the appearance of Bela Lugosi in “Dracula.” Lugosi has been all but forgotten in Hollywood, though he has been with us all the time. But the thumbs were down on horror pictures, and everybody proceeded to forget that Lugosi was a veteran actor, trained in the hard Continental school, long before Fate linked him with Dracula on the Broadway stage and later on the screen.

But the paying customers didn’t forget Lugosi. The proof is there in the Regina box office till, and can be heard from Regina audiences.

Perhaps it is about time for someone to “discover” Bela Lugosi.

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Greensboro Daily News, October 20, 1938

Bela Lugosi, Greensboro Daily News, October 20, 1938

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The Film Daily, October 21, 1938

The Film Daily, October 21, 1938

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Los Angeles Times, October 28, 1938

Los Angeles Times, October 28, 1938

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The Appleton Post Crescent, Appleton, Wisconsin, October 29, 1938

MOVIELAND, ITS PEOPLE & PRODUCTS

by Jimmie Fidler

The case of Bela Lugosi—to my way of thinking one of the finest actors who ever stepped before a camera—proves that a too successful publicity campaign can boomerang and seriously injure the man it was intended to help. In his native Hungary and in New York on the stage, Bela played a great diversity of roles. In Hollywood, he unfortunately made his first hit in a horror epic—Dracula. And the Filmville publicity brigade immediately out-did themselves in their efforts to convince the world that this quiet, book-loving Hungarian was a real-life vampire. I don’t know how the public reacted, but the producers themselves fell for it so completely that they ruled Lugosi for everything but horror roles. Today, chatting with him, I recalled a story about a mysterious dog that howled every night in the hills near his home. “That,” said Bela sadly, “was not a dog. It was a wolf and it’s been at my door ever since.”

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The Montreal Gazette, November 21, 1938

Lugosi, The Montreal Gazette, November 21, 1938

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Canton Repository, December 20, 1938

Bela Lugosi, Canton Repository, December 20, 1938