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Vampire Over London (1952)

Mother Riley Meets the Vampire (original title)
Not Rated | | Comedy, Horror | 1952 (USA)
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The mysterious figure known as the Vampire comes to England to complete experiments in his mad bid to gain control of the world. When the radar-controlled Robot which he had ordered shipped... See full summary »


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Val Valentine (original story), Val Valentine (screen play)



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Arthur Lucan Arthur Lucan ... Mother Riley
Bela Lugosi ... The Vampire
Dora Bryan ... Tilly
Philip Leaver ... Anton
Richard Wattis ... P.C. Freddie
Graham Moffatt Graham Moffatt ... The Yokel (as Graham Moffat)
María Mercedes María Mercedes ... Julia (as Maria Mercedes)
Roderick Lovell Roderick Lovell ... Douglas
David Hurst ... Mugsy
Judith Furse ... Freda
Ian Wilson ... Hitchcock
Hattie Jacques ... Mrs. Jenks
Dandy Nichols ... Mrs. Mott
George Benson George Benson ... Police Sergeant
Bill Shine ... Mugsy's Assistant


The mysterious figure known as the Vampire comes to England to complete experiments in his mad bid to gain control of the world. When the radar-controlled Robot which he had ordered shipped to him is delivered instead to Mother Riley, the Vampire, through radar control, has the Robot transport itself as well as Mother Riley to the proper destination...as the old lady goes into a whirl of side-splitting action in a determined effort to frustrate the plans of the sinister Vampire. Written by alfiehitchie

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Comedy | Horror


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Release Date:

1952 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Robot and the Vampire See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Fernwood Productions See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (recorded on) (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


According to producer Richard Gordon, Bela Lugosi had been on a tour of England in "Dracula", when the production abruptly ended because the producers declared bankruptcy and absconded without paying anyone. Lugosi found himself stranded in London, with no money and no way to get back to the US. Gordon, a friend of Lugosi's who was based in England, heard about his plight and arranged for him to appear in this, the latest--and, as it turned out, the last--in the "Old Mother Riley" series of comedies, for which he was paid $5,000. See more »


During the climactic chase when Mother Riley is riding the motorcycle, the rod and wire that lifts her hat is clearly visible. See more »


[first lines]
Mugsy: There she is.
Anton Daschomb: Turn the car on.
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Crazy Credits

Mother Riley drives the motor bike she is riding, off the deck of the ship. A lifebelt is thrown into the water and when she surfaces inside the lifebelt, 'THIS IS THE END' is printed around it. See more »

Alternate Versions

Some time after the film's UK release, American distributor Jack Harris and importer Richard Gordon contemplated a US release with new footage featuring Bela Lugosi; but this could not be accomplished because of Lugosi's deteriorated physical condition. The film did not make it to US screens until 1964, where it was given about 2 minutes of added footage ahead of the main title, featuring comic songster Allan Sherman and an unidentified sexy model. In the credits that followed, the names of Lugosi and Lucan were both omitted, though they were retained in the publicity materials. See more »


Referenced in The Blob (1958) See more »


I Lift Up My Finger and I Say Tweet Tweet
Written by Leslie Sarony
Sung by Arthur Lucan, Hattie Jacques, Dandy Nichols
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Odd little horror comedy
25 November 2001 | by boris-26See all my reviews

The "Mother Riley" series was a British made series of low budget comedies starring Arthur Lucan, who played, in drag, a dotty old working class woman. These films often satired British government, and how it handles it's working class. When you watch MOTHER RILEY MEETS THE VAMPIRE, much of the gags about Brit leadership will fly past modern day American audiences.

It was the last chance to see the great Bela Lugosi in his full talent, as, of course, a vampire. Later that year, 1952, addiction and poverty sank in deeper, and he would turn to working with a certain Edward Wood.

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