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Old Mother Riley Meets the Vampire
Vampire over London / The Vampire and the Robot / My Son, the Vampire / Mother Riley Runs Riot / The Robot and the Vampire / Dracula's Desire

UK 1952
produced by
John Gilling for Fernwood Productions/Renown Pictures
directed by John Gilling
starring Arthur Lucan, Bela Lugosi, Dora Bryan, Philip Leaver, Richard Wattis, Graham Moffatt, María Mercedes, Roderick Lovell, David Hurst, Judith Furse, Ian Wilson, Hattie Jacques
written by Val Valentine, music by Lindo Southworth

Old Mother Riley

review by
Mike Haberfelner

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A killer dubbed the Vampire keeps London in terror, but little does anyone know the vampire is really scientist Van Housen (Bela Lugosi), who has kept busy doing evil experiments to one day perhaps conquer the world, & who for some reason (it's never explained why) seend human, female blood ... and he needs uranium, & to that end he has kidnapped Julia Loretti (María Mercedes), daughter of a renown scientist, who has some charts that lead to a rich uranium supply ...

But Van Houen also has a self-designed robot, but when he has the thing sent to him, it accidebntly gets mixed up in the mail & is instead to always bickering & notoriously penniless shopowner Mother Riley (Arhtur Lucan), who thinks it's the inheritance she is expecting that will save her from being evicted from her shop.

But via remotecontrol, Van Housen gets his robot back, & orders it to also bring Mothr Riley ... whom he soon charms into taking up employ as his maid ... while in reality he just needs (& feeds) her for one of his experiments.

Soon though, Mother Riley finds Julia Loretty among his things, & quickly makes scram to alarm the police. But when the police won't listen & instead want to arrest her for drunk disorder, she decides to take saving the girl into her own hands, only helped by fellow maid Tilly (Dora Bryan) ... but soon the 2 women are found out & locked in.

Via hypnotism, Van Housen meanwhile finds out where the uranium charts are, then sets a deathtrap for her & leaves to fetch the charts The robot meanwhile he commands to take care of mMother Riley, who has just escaped ... but Mother Riley, faced with the robot, takes the mechanical man apart & saves Julia just in time, & just before Julia's fiancé (Roderick Lovell) or the poice that has just been called by Tilly arrive at the scene.

Then Mother Riley goes after Van housen and gang in a stolen police car, on a bicycle & a motorbike, not knowing that they have already been found out by the police, & the finale has her steering her bike into River Thames.


Incredibly silly & somewhat childish, but nevertheless entertaining comedy, that is centered less around Bela Lugosi (as most other reviews & advertisments would like to make you believe) but around Arthur Lucan playig the character of Mother Riley in woman's cloths. Mother Riley (as played by Lucan) was a popular stage character, that also was in a series of 16 films, starting in 1937 (though in one of these films, Kathleen Mavourneen from 1937 the Riley character is a mere supporting role). Old Mother Riley Meets the Vampire was the last film in the series, but Lucan continued to portray the character on stage. & while Old Mother Riley Meets the Vampire does pop up every now & again somewhere, the other films of the series seem to have pretty much vanished, probably because they don't have Lugosi starring in them - which is a pity.


review © by Mike Haberfelner


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