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Tod Browning
Tod Browning
Birth name: Charles Albert Browning, Jr.
Gender: Male
Medium(s): Film
Roles: Director; Producer; Actor
Date of birth: July 12th, 1880
Place of birth: Louisville, Kentucky
Date of death: October 6th, 1962
Place of death: Los Angeles, California
1st Horror: The Unknown (1927)

Tod Browning was an American film director best remembered for directing the first authorized film adaptation of Bram Stoker's Dracula. He also directed the infamous "lost" film London After Midnight starring Lon Chaney, Sr.. Browning had originally wanted to cast Chaney in the title role for Dracula, but Chaney unfortunately died from lung and throat cancer before the offer could be extended. Noted for his work during the silent era, Dracula would have been Chaney's second "talkie" film. Following Dracula, Browning went on to direct another controversial film, Universal's Freaks. This film was very personal to Browning, and harkened back to his days as a contorionist in a traveling circus. Following that was Mark of the Vampire which starred Bela Lugosi, the Hungarian actor who also landed the lead role in Dracula. Mark of the Vampire was essentially a remake of London After Midnight. Browning was also associated, though uncredited, with the 1936 film The Devil Doll. His final film was the MGM mystery-thriller Miracles for Sale.

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Blood from the Mummy's Tomb Edit

In the 1971 movie Blood from the Mummy's Tomb by Hammer Film Productions, there is a main character who is named Tod Browning, after the famous director. He is played by actor Mark Edwards.

Tod Browning was a young British man from England and the lover of Margaret Fuchs. He became curious when Margaret showed him an exquisite gemstone given to her by her father, Professor Julian Fuchs known as the Jewel of the Seven Stars. Tod knew her father well enough to know that he had never given her anything in her life, so this particular gift really caught his interest.

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