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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(as Louis Friedlander)

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(poem), (screenplay)
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Complete credited cast:
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Edmond Bateman (as Karloff)
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Lester Matthews ...
Dr. Jerry Halden (Credits) / Dr. Jerry Holden
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Jean Thatcher
Samuel S. Hinds ...
Judge Thatcher
Spencer Charters ...
Geoffrey (Credits) / Col. Bertram Grant
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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

According to Greg Mank's book "Karloff and Lugosi, Karloff received $10,000 for his work, Lugosi $5000, Irene Ware $625, Lester Matthews $1153.76, and Samuel S. Hinds $1333.35. See more »

Goofs

A tree uprooted by a storm is obviously loose and being blown by wind. See more »

Quotes

Dr. Richard Vollin: Torture waiting... waiting. It will be sweet, Judge Thatcher!
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Crazy Credits

The names of Spencer Charters and Ian Wolfe were accidentally reversed in the credits. See more »

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Soundtracks

Romeo and Juliet Overture
(uncredited)
Written by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Arrangements by Heinz Roemheld
Played as background music at the end
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KARLOFF AND LUGOSI DO THEIR WORST!!
17 January 2003 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Followers of horror melodrama will get a full evening's entertainment out of THE RAVEN... it has some hair-raising situations.. All that has been left of the famous...Poe poem is the title. A statuette of a raven, which Lugosi kept on his desk was the excuse for the use of the title. A situation that will give shudders is when Lugosi removes bandages from Karloff's face, which he had disfigured horribly. Director Friedlander has kept the pace at a nice pitch, stripping it down to its fundamentals and letting the shock troupers, Karloff and Lugosi do their worst. Universal's high batting average for year 1935 with the shockers, only this one looks the least costly of 'em, without any obvious cheating. However, this film is a classic and worth viewing if you are lovers of Lugosi and Karloff...


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