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The Raven (1935)

 -  Horror  -  8 July 1935 (USA)
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A brilliant surgeon obsessed with Poe saves the life of a beautiful dancer and goes mad when he can't have her.

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
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Edmond Bateman (as Karloff)
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Lester Matthews ...
Dr. Jerry Halden (Credits) / Dr. Jerry Holden
Irene Ware ...
Jean Thatcher
Samuel S. Hinds ...
Judge Thatcher
Spencer Charters ...
Geoffrey (Credits) / Col. Bertram Grant
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Mary Burns
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Col. Bertram Grant (Credits) / Geoffrey 'Pinky'
Maidel Turner ...
Harriet
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Anne Darling ...
Autograph Hound (scenes deleted)
June Gittelson ...
Autograph Hound (scenes deleted)
Joe Haworth ...
Drug Clerk (scenes deleted)
Mary Wallace ...
Autograph Hound (scenes deleted)
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Storyline

A wealthy judge coaxes the brilliant but eccentric neurological surgeon Dr. Vollin (Lugosi), who also has an obsessive penchant for Edgar Allen Poe, out of retirement to save the life of his daughter, a dancer crippled and brain damaged in an auto wreck. Vollin restores her completely, but also envisions her as his "Lenore," and cooks up a scheme to kidnap the woman and torture and kill her fiance' and father in his Poe-inspired dungeon. To do his dirty work, Vollin recruits a wanted criminal (Karloff), and turns him into a hideous monster to guarantee his subservience. Written by Kevin Rayburn <kprayb01@homer.Louisville.edu>

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While this mad surgical genius chanted "The Raven," horrible screams rose up from his torture chamber below!

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Release Date:

8 July 1935 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Der Rabe  »

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Budget:

$115,000 (estimated)
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(Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Part of the original Shock Theater package of 52 Universal titles released to television in 1957, followed a year later with Son of Shock, which added 20 more features. See more »

Goofs

When Bateman shoots at the mirrors, there is an obvious time lag before each one breaks. See more »

Quotes

Dr. Richard Vollin: Poe, you are avenged!
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At the very end of the film, The credits read: "A Good Cast Is Worth Repeating" (credits for the cast are also at the beginning of the film) See more »

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Version of Nightmares from the Mind of Poe (2006) See more »

Soundtracks

Music
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from Destination Unknown (1933)
Original Music and Classical Music Arrangements by W. Franke Harling
Played as background music
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At Last Poe is Avenged!
31 October 2000 | by (Hollywood) – See all my reviews

Bela Lugosi will always be remembered for Dracula -- but his biggest and wildest role was the Raven. He and Boris Karloff are co-stars but Bela steals the show as the mad surgeon, Dr. Vollin, who sees himself as a "god with the taint of human emotion." He has a Poe fetish and loves to torture as he has been tortured so he can clear his head and be, "the sanest man who ever lived."

This has one of the most horrific scenes ever filmed. After Dr. Vollin has disfigured the criminal (Boris Karloff) the criminal awakes in a room of mirrors and must stare at his hideous face--while Vollin laughs hysterically!

This is one of the few classic Universal horror films that actually gives genuine chills!


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