"The Return of Dracula" is a very good Dracula film heavily influenced by Hitchcock's "Shadow of a Doubt".
Dracula is posing as a long lost relative of a family and living with them. His purpose for arriving to California and living with this family is so he can start a new race of vampires on this side of the world.
Francis Lederer plays Dracula and he does a very good job. He is charming, yet very threatening. Dracula turns a blind girl into a vampire and she is pretty scary herself. There are frightening shots of the female vampire running in the graveyard to get back to her coffin before the sun rises.
While I was watching "The Return of Dracula" something struck me about the music in the film. It sounded very familiar. I was finally able to figure out that it is the same theme as "The Shining". I later researched it and found out that it is an old tune that many horror movies use.
"The Return of Dracula" is a very good monster movie. I was surprised how well shot and directed the film was. I was expecting a cheap Monogram type film, but instead it seemed to be closer to an "A" type picture. It is up there as one of the better vampire films.
B I recommend it.