Bela Lugosi’s involvement with Dracula’s Daughter was first mentioned in the press in 1934 and his image featured prominently in concept artwork. Early drafts of the script, which would have explained Dracula’s origins, were abandoned because of censorship issues. Despite a lack of written confirmation, it has been speculated that Lugosi was paid around $4,000 for his cancelled involvement in the film, but the only financial record to have been uncovered is a letter in which he agreed to the use of his likeness at no cost to create the unconvincing wax bust which featured in the film.
The Film Daily, August 18, 1934
A Little from “Lots”
By RALPH WILK
With the wrapping up of “The Return of Chandu,” for Principal Pictures, Bela Lugosi returns to Universal to play the lead in “Dracula’s Daughter.”
The Evening Independent, September 1, 1934
With the winding up of “The Return of Chandu,” for Principal Pictures, Bela Lugosi returns to Universal to play the lead in “Dracula’s Daughter.”
New York Evening Post, December 30, 1935
Jane Wyatt will be Dracula’s Daughter with Bela Lugosi in his original role as the vampire gentleman, Count Dracula. Eddie Sutherland’s assigned to direct. Miss Wyatt is going to do “Reno in the Fall” for Universal, too, and probably “Strangers at the Feast.”
Bela visited Gloria Holden on the set
And dined with her in the Universal Studios commissary on February 24th, 1936
Producer David Diamond, Gloria Holden and Bela
Unknown lady, Bela, producer David Diamond and Gloria Holden
Bela and Gloria Holden
An unconvincing dummy took Bela’s place in the finished film
A tapestry briefly seen in Dracula’s castle bearing Bela’s image is all that remains of R.C Sheriff ‘s original script, which explained how Count Dracula was transformed into a vampire by a wizard.