Edgar Allan Poe, while at college, incurs many debts and is sent home in disgrace. He is ordered from the house by his father. Shortly after, he marries, and tries to make a living by ... See full summary »

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Edgar Allan Poe
Warda Howard ...
Virginia Clemm / Helen Whitman / The Lost Lenore / A Spirit
Ernest Maupain ...
John Allan
Eleanor Thompson ...
Mrs. Allan
Marian Skinner ...
Mrs. Clemm (as Marion Skinner)
Harry Dunkinson ...
Tony
Grant Foreman ...
George Graham
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David Poe Jr (as Hugh E. Thompson)
Peggy Meredith ...
Mrs. Hopkins Poe
Frank Hamilton ...
David Poe Sr
Billy Robinson ...
Joseph Reed
Bert Weston ...
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Charles Harris ...
Mr. Pelham (as Charles K. Harris)
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Edgar Allan Poe, while at college, incurs many debts and is sent home in disgrace. He is ordered from the house by his father. Shortly after, he marries, and tries to make a living by writing, but is a failure financially. His wife dies because he is unable to furnish her with even the bare necessities of life. He is plunged into great grief and despair. All night he sits brooding over his loss. Through his distorted imagination he sees the ominous raven enter his chamber and croak gloomy forebodings. The spirit of his wife also appears and finally he himself dies, and is wafted to heights supernal, where he is united with his "Lenore." Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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8 November 1915 (USA)  »

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The room where this was filmed still exists today. Charlie Chaplin also filmed there. Essanay Studios, Chicago. See more »

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Good Silent
29 February 2008 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

Raven, The (1915)

*** (out of 4)

Three reeler about the life and career of Edgar Allan Poe (Griffith regular Henry B. Walthall). The actual story being told really isn't that interesting as it basically covers Poe not being able to sell his stories and of course the tragic event that would shape his life. There's one interesting scene where Poe goes into dept because he buys a slave that is being beaten by his owner. What really makes this thing worth viewing are the terrific special effects that are certainly some of the best I've seen from this period. There are many dream sequences that look superb and there's also a very nice sequence of The Raven being acted out. Walthall is also very good as Poe. Directed by Charles Brabin who would go on to direct The Mask of FuManchu.


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