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When the sun went down in ’50s Hollywood, a mysterious cape-clad creature could be seen lurking in the shadows. Yet no vial of holy water or clove of garlic could rid the townspeople of Bela Lugosi—who, in his twilight years, had grown accustomed to skulking around town in the Dracula costume from the film that made his career. If, years earlier, crazy old Bela had managed to sneak the cape and fangs onto the set of Robert Wise’s 1945 film The Body Snatcher, audiences would never have been the wiser: Despite his top billing, Lugosi—who plays Doctor “Toddy” MacFarlane’s elderly assistant—has about as many scenes as the horse that pulls Boris Karloff’s cadaver-filled cab back to the good doctor’s lab. (And had Karloff himself gone nuts and actually taken up grave-robbing later in life, his co-star’s coffin would have been a major score: When Lugosi died, in 1956, he was buried with that infamous cape.) The film screens at 2 p.m. (see Showtimes for other dates) at the Avalon Theatre, 5612 Connecticut Ave. NW. $5. (202) 966-6000. (Matthew Borlik)