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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.


(as Louis Friedlander)


(poem), (screenplay)
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Complete credited cast:
Edmond Bateman (as Karloff)
Dr. Jerry Halden (Credits) / Dr. Jerry Holden
Jean Thatcher
Judge Thatcher
Spencer Charters ...
Geoffrey (Credits) / Col. Bertram Grant
Col. Bertram Grant (Credits) / Geoffrey 'Pinky'
Maidel Turner ...
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)


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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Release Date:

8 July 1935 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Der Rabe  »

Box Office


$115,000 (estimated)

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


According to "Karloff and Lugosi" director Lew Landers received $900, exactly the same that Edgar G. Ulmer received for "The Black Cat," another Lugosi/Karloff vehicle. See more »


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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

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


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Sonata in B minor
Written by Franz Liszt
Arrangements by' Heinz Roemheld'
Played as background music
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User Reviews

Poe fans will be puzzled, Lugosi fans delighted!
25 August 2003 | by (Perth, Australia) – See all my reviews

'The Raven' seems like it was trying to recreate the success (artistically) of Edward G. Ulmer's 'The Black Cat' released the previous year. Once again horror legends Karloff and Lugosi are teamed up in a movie supposedly inspired by Edgar Allen Poe. Of course it has nothing much to do with Poe apart from Lugosi reciting Poe's poem once or twice and having his own private version of 'The Pit And The Pendulum' in his basement. 'The Raven' isn't as inspired and as downright strange as 'The Black Cat' but it's still very good. Karloff receives top billing but this is Lugosi's movie all the way. He plays a brilliant surgeon and Poe buff who is talked into saving the life of a beautiful young girl (Irene Ware). He then becomes obsessed by her and when he can't get what he wants decides to punish her, her fiance (Lester Matthews) and her father (Samuel S. Hinds). Along the way he has turned criminal Karloff into a disfigured monster and forces him to help. Lugosi is really terrific as the mad surgeon and his performance will delight his fans. Recommended.

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