Vintage Bela Lugosi

A tip from ... Chris Kaltenbach

October 18, 1998|By Chris Kaltenbach

Believe it or not, Bela Lugosi was more than just Dracula - even if the accent always brings back memories of the world's most famous bloodsucker.

For proof, check out Tuesday's Lugosi fest on TCM. For early risers (or those who have mastered their VCR timers), things start off at 6 a.m. with 1933's "The Death Kiss." At 7:30 a.m., it's "Mark of the Vampire," with Lionel Barrymore and Lionel Atwill joining Bela in a murder mystery that seems to have something to do with vampires. And at 8:45 a.m., Kay Kyser and his band try to save a girl trapped in a haunted house in 1940's "You'll Find Out."

The best stuff starts at 10:30 a.m., with 1941's "The Devil Bat," about a mad scientist and his killer bats. From there, it's 1945's "Zombies on Broadway" at noon, 1945's "The Body Snatcher," probably the best of the Lugosi-Boris Karloff teamings, at 1:15 p.m., and 1947's "Scared to Death," Lugosi's only color film, at 2:45 p.m.

Pub Date: 10/18/98

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