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The Raven (1935)

Approved | | Crime, Horror | 8 July 1935 (USA)
A brilliant surgeon obsessed with Edgar Allan 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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Cast

Complete credited cast:
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Edmond Bateman (as Karloff)
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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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Taglines:

The Edgar Allan Poe Mystery Show! See more »

Genres:

Crime | Horror

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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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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Shooting lasted from Mar. 20-Apr. 5, 1935, released July 4 in NYC, with Bela Lugosi in attendance, due to sail to England to begin Phantom Ship (1935). See more »

Goofs

The on-screen credits interchanged the character names for Ian Wolfe and Spencer Charters. See more »

Quotes

Judge Thatcher: I'll pay you any amount of money, Dr. Vollin,
Dr. Richard Vollin: Money means nothing to me.
Judge Thatcher: But someone is dying! your obligation as a member of the medical profession...
Dr. Richard Vollin: I respect no obligation. I am a law unto himself!
Judge Thatcher: But you have no human feeling? My daughter is dying!
Dr. Richard Vollin: Death hasn't the same significance for me as it has for you.
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Crazy Credits

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 »

Connections

Referenced in Board James: Dream Phone (2013) See more »

Soundtracks

Toccata and Fugue in D Minor, BWV.565
(uncredited)
Written by Johann Sebastian Bach
Arrangements by Heinz Roemheld
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Frequently Asked Questions

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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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