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The Loves of Edgar Allan Poe (1942)

Approved | | Biography, Drama | 28 August 1942 (USA)
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:
Edgar Allan Poe (as John Shepperd)
Virginia Gilmore ...
Mary Howard ...
Frank Conroy ...
Ebenezer Burling (as Henry Morgan)
Walter Kingsford ...
T.W. White
Mr. Graham
Skippy Wanders ...
Freddie Mercer ...
Burke the Schoolmaster
Peggy McIntyre ...
Hugh Pleasant (as William Bakewell Jr.)
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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)  »

Also Known As:

Los amores de Edgar Allan Poe  »

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Boring biopic
5 August 2003 | by (Oakland CA) – See all my reviews

I can't attest to the historical accuracy or inaccuracy of this film--though I tend to think it is woven from whole cloth--but The Loves of Edgar Allan Poe is surely one of the least interesting biopics of all time. John Shepperd is a rather stiff Poe, Linda Darnell does little to enliven the proceedings as his great love, and even Jane Darwell is given precious little to work with. It's always fun to see Harry Morgan on screen, here a year away from his terrific performance in The Ox-Bow Incident, and Frank Conroy is sufficiently loathsome as Poe's stepfather. Otherwise, this is a Bryan Foy misfire, though thankfully bereft of Mr. Foy's penchant for newspaper headline narration.

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