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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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User Reviews:
Bela Lugosi and Boris Karloff in The Raven was a most thrilling horror classic to me! See more (69 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: When Judge Thatcher goes to Vollin's home to plead his case, the shadow of Vollin's stuffed raven changes position. First, it is in front of Thatcher's shadow, then behind, then in front again.See more »
Quotes:
Dr. Richard Vollin:Poe, you are avenged!See more »
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Soundtrack:
Toccata and Fugue in D Minor, BWV.565See more »

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2 out of 2 people found the following review useful.
Bela Lugosi and Boris Karloff in The Raven was a most thrilling horror classic to me!, 16 October 2009
Author: tavm from Baton Rouge, La.

While I had watched them in The Body Snatcher years back, this is the first time I've seen Bela Lugosi and Boris Karloff together as equals in one of their Universal features. In this one, Lugosi plays Dr. Richard Vollin who gets called out of retirement by one Judge Thatcher (Samuel S. Hinds) to heal his daughter Jean (Irene Ware) from a car accident. He does and instantly becomes smitten with her which becomes obvious to her father when he looks at them together. When Vollin admits to it, the judge forbids him from seeing her again especially since she's engaged to Dr. Jerry Halden (Lester Matthews). That doesn't sit well with the doctor who cured her so when escaped convict Edmond Bateman (Karloff) drops in, Vollin offers a quid-pro-quo...This was quite thrilling from beginning to end especially with all the references to many Edgar Allan Poe works and contraptions especially the one depicted in "The Pit and the Pendulum". Director Louis Friedlander really puts the stops that truly had me riveted the whole way through. And the score is just what one would expect from these melodramatic old school horror movies of this period. As old-fashioned as this movie may seem to some modern viewers, to me this was still an edge-of-your-seat thriller that holds up today. So on that note, I very highly recommend this version of The Raven.

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