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Vampire over London (1952) [Comedy] [Horror]

“Vampire over London”, also known as “Mother Riley Meets the Vampire” or “My Son The Vampire” is a British comedy horror film. The film is about the mysterious figure known as the Vampire, who comes to England to complete experiments in his mad bid to gain control of the world.

Directed by John Gilling, produced by Stanley Couzins and John Gilling, written by Val Valentine, starring Arthur Lucan as Mrs. Riley, Bela Lugosi as Von Housen, Dora Bryan as Tilly, Philip Leaver] as Anton Daschomb, Richard Wattis as PC Freddie, Graham Moffatt as The Yokel, María Mercedes as Julia Loretti, Roderick Lovell as Douglas, David Hurst as Mugsy, Judith Furse as Freda, Ian Wilson as Hitchcock, the butler, Hattie Jacques as Mrs. Jenks, Dandy Nichols as Mrs. Mott, George Benson as Police Sergeant, Bill Shine as Mugsy’s Assistant and John Le Mesurier as Scotland Yard officer.


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  1. Thanks for posting this period farce! Mother Riley was a product of British racial stereotype humor of the 30s-50s. The Brits of that day thought the Irish, old ladies, and the lower classes were silly/funny, and Mother Riley was all three. Sort of a cross between Granny of the Beverley Hillbillies and the 3 Stooges. It was similar to Hispanic stereotypes among the Yanks of that period. (Remember Bill Dana's "My nane Jose Hemenez."?)

  2. Of course, nowadays nobody watches this movie for Mother Riley. They watch to see the swansong of the great Bela Lugosi in his last vampire role before he hit absolute rock bottom with PLAN 9 and BRIDE OF THE MONSTER. Sad!

  3. The title "Vampire Over London" might make you think you are in for a serious horror film, rather than a slapstick farce that makes the Three Stooges look like Shakespeare in the Park. 🙂

  4. Oh…my….God…  This is absolutely wonderful!  Why have we in the U.S.A. been deprived of this movie for so long?  

    We need a remake of this classic!  But with Robin Williams gone (RIP) who can play Mrs. Riley?!?

  5. Somebody shut that bitch up!! Stop her singing!!. She gives me the creeps. Its not even amusing. I Love Bela…but cant put up with that weirdo. And if you think I don't get the humour,..I'm Irish & lived in the UK for over 20 yrs. Mother Reilly…My Arse!!!!

  6. WTF is this old bag in drag doing singing some crap in a Bella movie ? Oh poor Bella what had they done to you ? Between your addiction and the need for $ they have taken a master actor and make him a clown !! Oh the shame of it !!!


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