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Director:
Writers:
Edgar Allan Poe (poem)
David Boehm (screenplay)
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Release Date:
8 July 1935 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
While this mad surgical genius chanted "The Raven," horrible screams rose up from his torture chamber below!
Plot:
A brilliant surgeon obsessed with Poe saves the life of a beautiful dancer and goes mad when he can't have her. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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(8 articles)
User Reviews:
Boris and Bela up to their old tricks again See more (72 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Boris Karloff ... Edmond Bateman (as Karloff)

Bela Lugosi ... Dr. Richard Vollin
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

Inez Courtney ... Mary Burns

Ian Wolfe ... 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)
Raine Bennett ... Poe (uncredited)
Al Ferguson ... The Crook (uncredited)
Nina Golden ... Dancer (uncredited)
Jonathan Hale ... Bedside Dr. at Jerry's Right (uncredited)
Arthur Hoyt ... Chapman - Buyer of Poe Memorabilia (uncredited)
Walter Miller ... Bedside Dr. at Judge's Right (uncredited)
Bud Osborne ... Policeman (uncredited)
Madeline Talcott ... Bedside Nurse (uncredited)
Cyril Thornton ... Dr. Vollin's Butler (uncredited)

Directed by
Lew Landers  (as Louis Friedlander)
 
Writing credits
Edgar Allan Poe (poem)

David Boehm (screenplay)

Guy Endore  contributing writer (uncredited)
Florence Enright  dialogue (uncredited)
John Lynch  contributing writer (uncredited)
Clarence Marks  contributing writer (uncredited)
Dore Schary  contributing writer (uncredited)
Michael L. Simmons  contributing writer (uncredited)
Jim Tully  contributing writer (uncredited)

Produced by
David Diamond .... associate producer
Stanley Bergerman .... executive producer (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
Clifford Vaughan (uncredited)
 
Cinematography by
Charles J. Stumar (photographer) (as Charles Stumar)
 
Film Editing by
Albert Akst 
 
Art Direction by
Albert S. D'Agostino 
 
Makeup Department
Otto Lederer .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Jack P. Pierce .... makeup designer (uncredited)
Hazel Rogers .... hair stylist (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Scott R. Beal .... assistant director (uncredited)
Victor Noerdlinger .... assistant director (uncredited)
 
Visual Effects by
John P. Fulton .... process photography (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Maurice Pivar .... supervising editor (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Gilbert Kurland .... music supervisor
C. Bakaleinikoff .... conductor (uncredited)
W. Franke Harling .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Heinz Roemheld .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Clifford Vaughan .... orchestrator (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Florence Enright .... dialogue director
Theodore Kosloff .... dance arranger
Carl Laemmle .... president: Universal Pictures Corp.
George DeNormand .... double: Bela Lugosi (uncredited)
Ed Haskett .... supervising secretary (uncredited)
Moree Herring .... script clerk (uncredited)
Monte Montague .... double: Boris Karloff (uncredited)
 
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Runtime:
61 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording)
Certification:
Australia:PG | UK:A | UK:15 (video) | USA:Approved (PCA #790)

Did You Know?

Trivia:
The on-screen billing switches the character names played by Spencer Charters and Ian Wolfe. Charters actually portrays Colonel Bertram Grant, while Wolfe appears as Geoffrey "Pinky" Burns.See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: When Bateman shoots at the mirrors, there is an obvious time lag before each one breaks.See more »
Quotes:
Dr. Richard Vollin:Your monstrous ugliness breeds monstrous hatred. Good! I can use your hate.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Ed Wood (1994)See more »
Soundtrack:
Sonata in B minorSee more »

FAQ

What is 'The Raven' about?
Is 'The Raven' based on Edgar Allen Poe's poem of the same name?
What other movies pair Bela Lugosi and Boris Karloff?
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6 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
Boris and Bela up to their old tricks again, 6 June 2005
Author: Chris Gaskin from Derby, England

This was the first feature length version of this story, based on a poem by Edgar Allen Poe.

A young woman has her life saved by a mad doctor who has an obsession for Edgar Allen Poe. He falls in love with her and invites her, her dad and her lover along with some other people to stay at his home for a weekend and would turn out to be the weekend from hell. They arrive and the doctor's servant is an escaped prisoner who wanted a new face but instead, the doctor turned him into a mutant. He would have his new face when his work was completed for the doctor. What these visitors don't know is that the doctor intends to use them, especially the woman and her dad for torture and the first victim, the dad is taken to the torture chamber in the basement and he is strapped down and a pendulum gradually moves on to him but he is rescued at the end. The woman and her lover are put in a room where the walls close in but the mutant turns the power off and they escape and the doctor is put in that room and crushed to death just as the police arrive.

The Raven has a lot of the things you would expect in this sort of movie: hidden doorways, secret passages and a thunderstorm.

Now to the cast: Excellent performances from Bela Lugosi as the doctor and Boris Karloff as the prisoner turned mutant. I'm not too familiar with the rest of the cast.

This movie is a must for all horror fans, especially if you like Boris and Bela. Excellent.

Rating: 4 stars out of five.

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