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Edgar Allan Poe led an unhappy childhood, broken only by the unceasing devotion of his foster mother, Mrs. Frances Allan, whose loving ministrations gave him courage to carry out his desire... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Shepperd Strudwick ...
Edgar Allan Poe (as John Shepperd)
Virginia Gilmore ...
Elmira Royster
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Mary Howard ...
Frances Allan
Frank Conroy ...
John Allan
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Ebenezer Burling (as Henry Morgan)
Walter Kingsford ...
T.W. White
Morris Ankrum ...
Mr. Graham
Skippy Wanders ...
Freddie Mercer ...
Erville Alderson ...
Burke the Schoolmaster
Peggy McIntyre ...
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Hugh Pleasant (as William Bakewell Jr.)
Frank Melton ...
Turner Dixon
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Edgar Allan Poe led an unhappy childhood, broken only by the unceasing devotion of his foster mother, Mrs. Frances Allan, whose loving ministrations gave him courage to carry out his desire to write. His first love was Elmira Royster, and though she married another while he was at the University of Virginia, he could never purge his thoughts of her and, under the influence of her spell, he poured out the deepest passions of his heart. After a discouraging period during which he was disowned by his foster father and lost his appointment to West Point, he found the love that tamed his restless heart with Virginia Clemm. After he and Virginia married, Poe did his greatest creative work, writing for the Southern Literary Messenger and Graham's Magazine. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Surpassing his startling stories of dark emotions, comes the true drama of his own life and tempestuous loves!

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28 August 1942 (USA)  »

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"We loved with a love that was more than love."
25 July 2014 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

Rather boring biopic about Edgar Allan Poe. If you removed the characters' names I doubt anybody would be able to figure out who this was about. The movie plods along with little excitement. Poe is a fascinating person and could make for a great biographical picture. He certainly was a complex man with many personal demons and an undeniable genius. This movie isn't willing to get that deep. Like other reviewers have said, it feels like a few short films pieced together. Shepperd Strudwick is part of the problem. He was a fine character actor but not a good leading man. Linda Darnell is pretty as always. Jane Darwell is her mother. Wish I could recommend this one but I can't. It's a cure for insomnia if there ever was one.


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