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Is this Bela Lugosi's last movie?


..or was it "Bride of the Monster" ?

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Plan Nine was his last film.
HAPPY NEW YEAR!
To Better Days,
BRAD

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I believe (If the movie Ed Woods serves me correctly), that this was technically his last time on screen in that they used stock footage of him but he had already passed away.

They used a stand in for most of the film, and the few minutes of the real Bela played out at the beginning.

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Dear Temperate soul,
This writer advises you not to go by the film Ed Wood(if that's what you're doing) because that movie is largely inaccurate about the facts in Lugosi's life.They completely ignore the fact in that film that he was remarried after
he had left the hospital.Another untruth that's in the film is that they portrayed Bela Lugosi as hating Boris Karloff(a fact that both Sara Karloff and Bela Lugosi Jr. are quick to point out was not true about their fathers' relationship.Karloff and Lugosi respected each other as actors.However,
they were not friends offscreen.In fact,Bela Lugosi Jr. says in an A&E Biography about his late Father that he"... never heard his Dad say anything
bad when he spoke of Boris Karloff").
When Plan Nine From Outer Space(1959) came out the footage that Wood used of Mr.Lugosi was actually test footage from an aborted film that was to star Bela Lugosi in something that was to be called "The Vampire's Tomb".
However Ed Wood used that final footage of him in Plan Nine From Outer Space
so that is his last film....and it's a sad thing for such a talented man to be remembered for.
To Better Days,
BRAD

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Plan 9 from Outer Space was his last movie. Bela Lugosi appears in footage shot just before his death, but with no script in mind. Edward D. Wood Jr. wrote the script to accommodate all the footage shot in a cemetery and outside Tor Johnson's house in the new production. Lugosi was doubled by Tom Mason, Wood's wife's chiropractor, who was significantly taller than Lugosi, and played the part with a cape covering his face

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Dear Sher-24,
This writer realizes that the footage was shot for another Ed Wood idea(1956),but it was still used in Plan Nine From Outer Space(1959) which makes it
Bela Lugosi's last film appearance.What a sad legacy for such a talented film icon.
At least we know Bela Lugosi was incredibly Greater than anything Ed Wood could ever come up for him.
Happy New Year.

To Better Days,
BRAD

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<<This writer realizes that the footage was shot for another Ed Wood idea(1956),but it was still used in Plan Nine From Outer Space(1959) which makes it
Bela Lugosi's last film appearance>>

Yes, his last screen APPEARANCE, but not really his last FILM. To me, a "film" is more than just showing some footage of a person...especially when you think that, at the time Bela filmed the footage, he had NO IDEA it would be used in a movie called Plan 9 From Outer Space. So, it's sort of a movie he doesn't know about or that he was even featured in (well, unless he's watching down from Heaven, in which case I imagine he DOES have wind of it by now!).

I usually consider Plan 9 his last film appearance but The Black Sleep his last actual FILM.

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Dear Brad,

And Ed Wood can come up with anything better than you can. You know the whole Rachel didn't die in Halloween 5.

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<<..or was it "Bride of the Monster" ?>>

Well, Bride of the Monster was Bela's last SPEAKING role. He had no lines in The Black Sleep & Plan 9.

So really, all 3 of those films have some type of claim to be one of Bela's "lasts"...:

Bride of the Monster- Bela's last speaking role.
The Black Sleep- Bela's last actual movie he made with his knowledge & active participation.
Plan 9 From Outer Space- Bela's last actual screen appearance.

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Dear Folks,
Plan 9 From Outer Space was Bela Lugosi's last film.
To Better Days,
BRAD

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I hate to argue with someone who is obviously never wrong...but if you're right than I could take stock footage from dracula and insert it into a film this year and presto...that would be Lugosi's last film! His last film would most certainly be one he was at least alive for part of! Brandon Lee in the Crow for instance.

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Dear Clintbissey,
In this case,you're right!This writer is not wrong about this film being
Bela Lugosi's last film.
Regardless of when this film was released...
Bela Lugosi was in it and although it was footage shot for another film(and test footage at that),Mr.Wood still had the choice of taking this new ,unused footage and placing it in Plan 9 From Outer Space.
So even though Lugosi had died in 1956,Ed Wood sat on this footage until it was
released in an entirely new plot in 1959.So whether it took 3 years to get it out or not?If this truly is the very last scenes that Bela Lugosi ever shot then Plan 9 From Outer Space(1959)is his last film.What a shame that such a film icon of historic proportions had to have this film as his final
appearance....Bela Lugosi deserved a better exit film than this!
To Better Days,
BRAD

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Dear InspectorDC,
This writer respects your view,but I CANNOT agree with it.
Ed Wood's Plan Nine From Outer Space is a bad film and Mr. Lugosi would've been better off if he'd never been put in it.
By the way,Ed Wood did nothing good for Bela Lugosi's reputation,but
hurt it with ALL of his films.Mr Lugosi didn't need Ed Wood to make him famous
(his fame was made by Universal Pictures over twenty years before with the 1931 version of Dracula).
To Better Days,
BRAD

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You call Plan 9, or Gravediggers from Outer Space a bad film? Your right, it is, but the plot (although the dialog is written badly)has something special about it.

Aliens that have come to Earth with 9 plans to stop Humans causing a Universal Apocalypse via obtaining the power of the sun and using it to obliterate others.. Movies with an unpredictable plot are no longer a part of todays society.

Although Bela Lugosi is one of the greatest actors the world has ever had, he would not have the popularity he does today if it wasnt for Ed Wood. Ed Wood's 'horrible' films have gained him and Bela a large cult status.

And if anything had to be credited as Bela Lugosi's final movie, then it should be Bride of The Monster. Bela Lugosi's Atomic Supermen speech is possibly the most chilling piece of dialog. The writing of Ed Wood and Bela Lugosi reciting it has yet to be matched to this day

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It's believed by many, even Bela Lugosi Jr, that Ed Wood basically just *used* Lugosi due to who he was. Having Bela in these bad films would definitely bring more money in for Wood, which is a real shame for Bela. Considering his health & subsatnce abuse issues, it wasn't the best for Bela.

As much as I like Tim Burton, I don't care for teh "Ed Wood" film. Like others have said, too many falsehoods. I too agree that "Plan 9" shouldn't be considered his last film, but instead, mention that it's archived footage. Who knows...even Bela may not have gone for this film.

Bela deserved more acclaim for his lower budget flicks like "The Human Monster" & "The Devil Bat". But unfortunately, it wasn't meant to be.

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It was Lugosi's last legit film. Or, I should say, the last good movie he was in.


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