Screenwriter(s): Hamilton Deane, John L. Balderston, Garrett Fort
The Legend of Dracula
Throughout the second portion of the film, eminent scientist and middle-European (Netherlands) doctor – Professor Van Helsing (Edward Van Sloan) spoke about the legendary vampire Dracula. Having dedicated his entire life to battling the undead, Van Helsing explained that vampires were not pure myth or superstition. He identified Dracula as “our vampire,” and then described the characteristics and habits of vampires. Later, to protect Mina (Helen Chandler) already under Dracula’s influence, he gave instructions for her safety:
I want to help you. I want to help you… (He listened to the dying man’s screams) Stop that! Stop it! Stop it! I can bear the rest of it. I can’t listen to that! Why do you take so long dying? You’re going to die anyway. Oh, no. Oh, no. You won’t die. Oh, no. You won’t die. They’re only little wounds. You’ll get home. You’ll be all right. You’ll get home long before I will.
You know I can’t run away. That’s why you accuse me. I tell you, I didn’t want to kill you. I tried to keep you alive. If you jumped in here again, I wouldn’t do it. You see, when you jumped in here, you were my enemy – and I was afraid of you. But you’re just a man like me, and I killed you. Forgive me, comrade. Say that for me. Say you forgive me! Oh, no. You’re dead! Only you’re better off than I am. You’re through. They can’t do any more to you now. Oh, God, why did they do this to us? We only wanted to live, you and I. Why should they send us out to fight each other? If we threw away these rifles and these uniforms, you could be my brother just like Kat and Albert. You’ll have to forgive me, comrade. I’ll do all I can. I’ll write to your parents. I’ll write to — I’ll write to your wife. I’ll write to her. I promise she’ll not want for anything. And I’ll help her and your parents, too. Only forgive me. Forgive me. Forgive me! Forgive me! (sobbing