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Edgar Allan Poe (poem)
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Release Date:
8 July 1935 (USA) See more »
While this mad surgical genius chanted "The Raven," horrible screams rose up from his torture chamber below!
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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A mad doctor who also has an obsessive penchant for Edgar Allen Poe plans a grisly revenge See more (75 total) »


  (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)
Crew verified as complete

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61 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording)
Australia:PG | UK:A | UK:15 (video) | USA:Approved (PCA #790)

Did You Know?

The movie was scheduled for a 15 day shooting schedule and a budget of $109,750.See more »
Revealing mistakes: After Dr. Vollin regales his houseguests on the subject of Edgar Allan Poe, all rise to retire. Jean Thatcher stops, returns to her former place on the couch, and has to free her gown from the cushion. This action has no bearing on anything and must be seen as a glitch that was left in to save time and film.See more »
Dr. Richard Vollin:Torture waiting... waiting. It will be sweet, Judge Thatcher!See more »
Movie Connections:
Toccata and Fugue in D Minor, BWV.565See more »


Is 'The Raven' based on Edgar Allen Poe's poem of the same name?
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5 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
A mad doctor who also has an obsessive penchant for Edgar Allen Poe plans a grisly revenge, 20 February 2013
Author: ma-cortes

Nice horror film suggested by Poe's immortal stories , thanks mainly to fortuitous teaming of terror kings as Boris Karloff and Bela Lugosi . A brilliant surgeon obsessed with Poe saves the life of a beautiful dancer and goes mad when he can't have her . But while this lunatic surgical genius chanted "The Raven," horrible screams rose up from his torture chamber below . The gloomy surgeon (Bela Lugosi) has a dungeon full of torture gadgets inspired by Edgar Allen Poe stories , then he is begged by a judge (Samuel Hinds) to save his daughter's life . The eccentric neurological surgeon does and then falls in love for the beautiful girl (Irene Ware) but she's already engaged . The nutty doctor recruits a wanted criminal (Boris Karloff), and turns him into a hideous monster . Meanwhile , the dull doctor invites a group of guests (Lester Matthews , Charters, Courtney , and eternal secondary Ian Wolfe) at his dismal mansion

The script has very little to do with Edgar Allen Poes's tales , though the screen-writers do manage to squeeze in his pendulum torture from : The pit and the pendulum and Poe's Raven . This is a quickie professionally realized by Lew Landers , an expert in rapid pictures that rarely ran longer than 70 minutes ; although here he stands out and it is among his most forceful and fastest works. Lew Landers began directing features in the mid-'30s under his real name of Louis Friedlander, but changed it to Lew Landers after several films , his first effort, The Raven , was probably his best. The movie belongs to a group of a few of the bargain-basement horrors that Lew Landers directed for Universal Pictures , including production designer Albert D'Agostino , all of them in low-budget , starred by terror stars and have a certain hypnotic fascination such as ¨Return of the vampire¨ , ¨The ghost that walks alone¨ ,¨The mask of Diijon¨ and of course this ¨The raven¨. Bela Lugosi is at his prime in this character as a mad doctor who when is rejected he plans vendetta in his chamber of horror and good acting by terror master Karloff as a criminal who winds up ruining the mad doctor's schemes . Several inconsistencies in the somewhat twisted screenplay can be overlooked because of their chilling acting by the classic horror duo , Lugosi and Karloff .

The motion picture was well directed by Lew Landers , rivaling Sam Newfield and William Beaudine as one of the American film industry's most prolific directors, The Raven was his first feature made under his real name . Landers galloped his way around 130 movies , called quickfire and almost none of them exceeding 80 minutes , they have nearly all vanished into the mists of time now . It would be nice to record that Lew's output as one of the most prolific filmmakers in the field is studded with undiscovered treasures . Lew Landers got into filming serials with Universal , the first of them ¨Tailspin Tommy¨ and ¨Parole¨ , then the studio moved him on to features and he began his long career . Landers spent a lot of time at RKO and Columbia turning out low-budget adventure epics, thrillers and westerns . Towards the final of his shooting days , Landers became involved with all types of frivolities in a variety of strange color process as SuperCinecolor , filming several adventure films such as ¨Last of the Bucaneers , Blue blood , Captain Kidd and the slave girl , Captain John Smith and Pochahontas¨ and his most important ¨California conquest¨ . In the 1950s he turned to series television, as many of his fellow B directors did, and alternated between that and features for the remainder of his career , for that reason Landers was extremely busy in TV episodes until his early death at 60 years old .

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