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Uncle Was a Vampire (1959)

Tempi duri per i vampiri (original title)
Baron Osvaldo Lambertenghi is forced to sell his ancestral castle; when it's converted into a hotel, he stays on as a bellboy. His mysterious uncle arrives, and turns out to be a vampire. ... See full summary »




Edoardo Anton (story), Mario Cecchi Gori (story) | 7 more credits »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Renato Rascel ... Il conte Osvaldo Lambertenghi
Sylva Koscina ... Carla
Lia Zoppelli Lia Zoppelli ... Letizia
Kai Fischer ... Kay - la rossa (as Kay Ficher)
Franco Scandurra Franco Scandurra ... Il professore Stricker
Carl Wery Carl Wery ... Il professore tedesco (as Carlo Very)
Antje Geerk ... Susan
Federico Collino Federico Collino ... Il commendatore Luigino Visnaghi
Susanne Loret Susanne Loret ... Liliana (as Susan Loret)
Angelo Zanolli Angelo Zanolli ... Paolo - il primo play boy
Antonio Mambretti Antonio Mambretti
Ivana Gilli Ivana Gilli
Franco Giacobini Franco Giacobini ... Il secondo play boy
Fiorella Ferrero Fiorella Ferrero
Francesco Tensi Francesco Tensi ... (as Francesco Tenzi)


Baron Osvaldo Lambertenghi is forced to sell his ancestral castle; when it's converted into a hotel, he stays on as a bellboy. His mysterious uncle arrives, and turns out to be a vampire. When his uncle vampirizes Osvaldo, the newly-minted blood-sucker gallops about the castle sipping from the necks of dozens of beautiful female guests. Written by Erewhon

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

castle | vampire | vampire comedy | See All (3) »


Comedy | Horror




Italy | France



Release Date:

28 October 1959 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

Hard Times for Dracula See more »

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Technical Specs


| (dubbed)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)


Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Sir Christopher Lee's voice was dubbed by another actor for the English language version. See more »


Baron Roderico da Frankurten: [to a dozen men who want to stake Osvaldo Lambertenghi, thinking he is a vampire] There is a word you mentioned just now, something absurd, ridiculous, incredible. Am I correct? You're speaking of vampires.
Victor: He's a vampire!
Baron Roderico da Frankurten: Gentlemen, are you joking? If he is a vampire, well then, I am one, too.
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References Horror of Dracula (1958) See more »

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I was a part-time vampire...
18 October 2015 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

For those who care, this Italian film is dubbed into English and it's not a bad dubbing at all, though you might be surprised to hear a totally different voice coming out of Christopher Lee!

In "My Uncle Was a Vampire", Christopher Lee parodies his vampire roles with moderate success. The idea is clever, but the film, at times, is overlong and has trouble maintaining momentum.

When the film begins, the vampire, Rodrigo (Lee), is leaving his home and going to live with his Italian nephew, Baron Oswaldo (Renato Rascel). Little does he know that Oswaldo has fallen on hard times and the government is forcing him to sell his castle to pay back taxes. And, by the time Rodrigo arrives, Oswaldo is just a lowly bellboy in the new castle hotel. What follows is a strange little comedy--with Lee playing it straight and diminutive Rascel handling the humor. At one point, Oswaldo becomes sort of a part- time vampire---and a lot of other strange canon busting things occur in this one.

While I like the idea of the film (sort of like a precursor to "Love at First Bite"), the film is overly long and Rascel alone isn't funny enough to keep the film moving along at a good pace. Still, it's pleasant and diverting...and the ending is pretty cute.

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