Curse of the Undead (1959)

I watched the 1959 Universal International western/horror movie “Curse of the Undead” on Svengoolie. It is the story of a vampire, gunslinger-for-hire, that is menacing an old West town. The preacher is trying to figure out the mysterious deaths of young woman and his girl is having trouble with the local bad guy, Buffer who kills her brother. When she puts up wanted signs for someone to kill Buffer, the black clad stranger, Drake Robey (Drago the Vampire) answers her call.

This movie was produced by Joseph Gershenson and directed and written by by Edward Dein (Seven Guns to Mesa, The Leech Woman, TV episodes of Hawaiian Eye, Black Sheep Squadron).

The preacher Dan is played by Eric Fleming (In 1958 be took on the TV role as trail boss Gil Favor in Rawhide which co-stared Clint Eastwood, Sheb Wooley, and Paul Brinegar.

Dolores is Kathleen Crowley (Target Earth, Female Jungle, The Phantom Stagecoach, Downhill Racer), Drago is Michael Pate (The Black Castle, Hondo, Beauty and the Beast, Tower of London, PT 109, McLintock!, The Singing Nun, TV episodes of The Adventures of Rin Tin Tin, Hawaiian Eye, Have Gun – Will Travel, The Rifleman, Cheyenne, Rawhide, Gunsmoke, Daniel Boone, Death Valley Days, The Time Tunnel, Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea, The Virginian), John Hoyt (Attack of the Puppet People, X: The Man with the X-ray Eyes, The Time Travelers, Flesh Gordon, Desperately Seeking Susan),

Bruce Gordon (Tower of London, Piranha, Timerider: The Adventure of Lyle Swann, TV episodes where he played gangster Frank Nitti in the ABC television series The Untouchables), Edward Binns (North by Northwest, Patton, 12 Angry Men, Judgement of Nuremberg, Fail Safe),

Jimmy Murphy (Born in my State of Georgia, Mister Roberts, TV episodes on “Alias Micky Dolenz” episode of The Monkees, he was also road manager for Sammy Davis Jr. and he boxed professionally), Helen Kleeb (High School Confidential, The Manchurian Candidate, Munster, Go Home!, The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas) and Jay Adler (Who’s Been Sleeping in My Bed?, The Family Jewels, Grave of the Vampire)

The dead don’t bother me, it’s the living that give me trouble.

Drago (Drake Robey)

I liked the movie and they even came up with a new way to kill a vampire, which is very cool. I’ll give it 4 out of 5 stars. For more information read Wikipedia, IMDB and Rotten Tomatoes.

Author: Doyle

I was born in Atlanta, moved to Alpharetta at 4, lived there for 53 years and moved to Decatur in 2016. I've worked at such places as Richway, North Fulton Medical Center, Management Science America (Computer Tech/Project Manager) and Stacy's Compounding Pharmacy (Pharmacy Tech).

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