Mark of the Vampire (Blu-ray) is a 1941 American horror film directed by Tod Browning, and starring Lionel Barrymore, Elizabeth Allen, Bela Lugosi and Lionel Atwell. It follows a shady scientist who is trying to perfect his invention: an artificial combination of human blood and wheat gluten that makes people turn into vampires. It was based on Bram Stoker’s novel The Lair of the White Worm released in 1908.
It had been five years since the last time we saw Lionel Barrymore as he still had many movies left before his death in 1939 but unfortunately this one will be followed by him dying before reaching his planned retirement age of 87. Barrymore would have been born in 1889 in a couple of years after his birth his mother, Georgina Drew Barrymore would leave his father and take Lionel with her to her mothers house.
In 1893 he became part of the group of actors known as “The Barrymores”, which was made up of Lionel, Ethel and John. He was known for being extremely close to Ethel while they were still alive both took roles together on many occasions.