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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:
Madness begets madness. See more (68 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)
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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:
Continuity: The on-screen credits interchanged the character names for Ian Wolfe and Spencer Charters.See more »
Quotes:
Dr. Richard Vollin:Your monstrous ugliness breeds monstrous hatred. Good! I can use your hate.See more »
Movie Connections:
Featured in House of Harrington (2008)See more »
Soundtrack:
Toccata and Fugue in D Minor, BWV.565See more »

FAQ

Is Poe's 'The Raven' available to read online?
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What is 'The Raven' about?
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7 out of 7 people found the following review useful.
Madness begets madness., 15 October 2009
Author: The-Spike from United Kingdom

Horror legends Karloff and Lugosi return after the success of The Black Cat the previous year in this deliciously warped slice of horror. Lugosi is sublime as the unhinged Dr Vollin who is coaxed out of retirement to save the life of a pretty dancer {Irene Ware as Jean Thatcher}. He does but in the process becomes infatuated with her and sets about having her all to himself. This spells bad news for her father, Judge Thatcher {Samuel S. Hinds} and her fiancé, Dr. Jerry Holden {Lester Matthews}. Enlisting the help of wanted criminal Edmond Bateman {Karloff} whom has been disfigured by Vollin with the promise of restoring his face, he plots to do away with the men in Jean's life down in his Edgar Allen Poe inspired torture chamber basement.

Running at just over one hour, The Raven simmers nicely as the characters form, and then boils to the surface for the furious last quarter. In the build up we have been royally treated to some truly excellent scenes as Vollin steadily grows more deranged. The unmasking of Bateman post surgery is unnerving, and thanks to Karloff's ability at making a criminal sympathetic, heartfelt. This is followed by a mirror sequence that is a horror highlight of the 30s and puts us in no doubt that Vollin is a terrifying creation. The creepy house setting is naturally a horror staple but one can't help wondering what a better director than Lew Landers could have made with the simple but effective premise? It's solid enough from Landers, some nice shadow play etc, but what stops it breaking out into genre classic status is its lack of a creeping menace type atmosphere. Which is a shame as it has a potent score from Clifford Vaughan. Still, The Raven is a fine genre piece showcasing two genuine icons, and in spite of its obvious simplicity and little flaws, ends triumphantly in a blaze of insanity and ironic cruelty. 8/10

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