Carlos Villarías. The vampire Cordoba who beat Bela Lugosi

And this Córdoba never ceases to amaze me, maybe this happens to me because Cordoba history has always been written in a biased and very little objective. Written to tell a city that only reflects amputated a specific speech and no other. It is difficult to find in Cordoba shelves, references to these local characters or not, who have written the history and culture of this city but nevertheless are doomed to oblivion in her. This personal discovery and continuous “large” culture of all time, who have lived in our city or drunk, makes me wonder who's running and trace the paths of the culture of Córdoba, for this always remains sadly the most vulgar corseted aesthetic “Cañí”. How you may be a source of culture have built as limited cultural argumentario.

On the pages of Calleja it's been a few, but it will be many more. Which I present today, He was an excellent actor who shone brightly on the gleaming Hollywood of the decade of the 30, 40 and 50. Carlos Villarias was the protagonist of a Castilian version of the famous movie “Dracula” protagonizada by Bela Lugosi. This version is rolled while English, with the same sets and costumes, but with Spanish actors. Then, not yet exist and dubbing, to enter the Hispanic market, Hollywood moved to Los Angeles to many Spanish-speaking actors to star in its Spanish. These films were shot at night, when just shooting the English version.

Carlos Villarias born in Cordoba 7 July 1892 and died 27 April 1976 in Los Angeles. He left behind a filmography of 83 movies.

Many critics, as you can see in the video that tops the text, consider their “Dracula” higher than that of Bela Lugosi. Climates, daring dresses Lupita Tovar, the use of night photography and dramatic interpretation of Alvarez Rubio as Renfield are noteworthy. DRACULA HISPANO has incredible value as a testimony of a time when cinema did not dominate subtitles.

Carlos Villarias Llano Actor, born in Cordoba 7 July 1892. The son of a general of the Spanish army continually changing place of residence. Make his studies in San Sebastián and finished his law studies at the University of Valladolid; opened a law, but soon abandoned law to pursue the theater, through modest zarzuela and operetta companies until he decides to try his luck in Paris, where sings successfully in "bagpipe ever Lyrique". Hailed by Italian critics since his debut at the Teatro Vittorio Emanuele in Torino, crosses the country in the months before the outbreak of war in Europe. From Genoa, lands in the United States 13 March 1915 and perfect command of English striking actor and entrepreneur Lou Tellegen, that let you join the theater company directed. It is part of the founding group of Spanish Theatre New York, whose inauguration represents the drama of Angel Guimerá, 'Lowland'. Comes to California 1923 and, After brief appearances in silent films, Rodolfo Valentino with the Pauline Frederick, the 19 July 1930 signing a contract with Fox that extends for a year. During the next two decades working hard, both Hollywood studios and Mexico, and returns to Spain in 1949 to conclude shortly after his efficient film career. Figure occasionally credited under the name of Carlos or Charles Villar.

Lupita Tovar Dracula costar Carlos Villarías
Lupita Tovar Dracula costar Carlos Villarías

1930: 'Body of Proof', "Estrellados», "The price of a kiss', 'Fearless Love', 'Bad man', "On the same clay", 'The Brave', "The last of the Vargas», "When love laughs». 1931: "Dracula", "The Big Trail", "The Criminal Code", "From hell to heaven", «El impostor», «Svengali», "Body and Soul", "You have to marry the prince", «Goldie», "Last accuses». 1932: "Men in My Life". 1933: «The California Trail», "Two nights', "Do not let the door open", 'Cardboard City'. 1934: "Grenadiers of love", "Two plus one, two », "Three Loves", «Bordertown», "Husband married lady needs», «An Old Spanish Onion», "Assure your wife!». 1935: «Goin’ to Town», "The Sea Devil", "I love you madly", "The mystery of the pale face". 1936: "Ora Ponciano!», "Irma, poor ', "The superloco». 1937: «Nostradamus», «Ave sin rumbo», "Tengo fe one ten» (terminated 1940), "Life bohemia". 1938: «Rose of the Rio Grande», «Tropic Holiday», "Tragic Verbena», 'Mis loves », «Starlight Over Texas», «California Frontier», «Paris Honeymoon», «Frontiers of ’49”, "From trovador of the radio". 1939: 'Single Dad', "The children send ', "The other is me», "Miracle on Main Street ', "The Immaculate", «Tropic Fury». 1940: «Meet the Wildcat». 1941: «Hold Back the Dawn». 1942: "Spy in the Gulf». 1943: «Song of the Americas», "What man so friendly!», "Father Morelos», "The Man in the Iron Mask". 1944: «Hotel de verano», 'Court of Justice', «Gran Hotel», "When you hear this waltz», "The Daughter of the Regiment ', "Murder in the studies', "The crime museum ', "King Sports», "Rancho of my memories". 1945: «La barraca», "The legitimate wife ', "The House of the Fox", "Scratching the sun». 1946: «La sinful Magdalene», "The seven children Ecija», "The other", "Intimate Life of Antony and Cleopatra '. 1947: "The goddess kneeling», "An adventure in the night". 1948: «Zorina», "Lola Casanova», "Commissioner in turn '. 1950: «Jack, the Black ». 1951: 'City of Fire'. 1952: «Decameron Nights».

Source filmography: © 1992, 2000 by Juan B. Heinink & Robert G. Dickson
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  1. Memory and work of many Carlos Villarías not be lost. I have never met my city and its people, maybe because I've never been sure that what he saw was not a little theater ready for Stage Managers.

    At any rate, superb entry, Publican. Thanks.

  2. Well, it's doubly good, first by itself, porq data regarding film library is unusual and very interesting, tb because it is a curiosity to know who practiced English in those years by these Cordobas and has also managed, publican, asacar a skewer into the fray and step q we have not gone without saying goodbye stranger. jejeeje.

    with music: the cordobé when muerdeee (neck and not chicken), q verdaddd eg biting and none of you are interested then bite pa soltarrrr.

    saluditos >;0]

  3. Dead of envy for not having published it this grand entrance, the least I can do is put a picture of the ad film premiere, published in the local press 7 November 1931:

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