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The Black Raven (1943)

 -  Mystery  -  31 May 1943 (USA)
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A group of strangers are brought together in an old, dark house and must contend with two murders and $50,000 in stolen money.

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Complete credited cast:
George Zucco ...
Amos Bradford aka The Raven
Wanda McKay ...
Lee Winfield
Noel Madison ...
Mike Bardoni
Robert Livingston ...
Allen Bentley (as Bob Randall) (as Robt. Randall)
Byron Foulger ...
Horace Weatherby
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Sheriff (as Charlie Middleton)
Robert Middlemass ...
Tim Winfield
Glenn Strange ...
Andy
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Whitey Cole
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A group of strangers are brought together in an old, dark house and must contend with two murders and $50,000 in stolen money.

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31 May 1943 (USA)  »

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Began shooting February 9 1943, and completed by late February. See more »

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[referring to Whitey Cole]
Amos Bradford: He's suffering from rabid delusions aggravated by a moronic mentality.
Andy: Is that bad?
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Remake of The Rogues' Tavern (1936) See more »

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NeverMore
17 December 2004 | by (brooklyn NY) – See all my reviews

***SPOILERS*** Fate brings six people together one night at the Black Raven Inn thats on the Canadian USA border. The first person who shows up is escaped convict Whitey Cole, I. Stanford Jolly, who has a score to settle with the Inn's owner Bradford, George Zucco. Having been double-crossed by Bradford and losing his half of the Black Raven Inn Cole wants him to pay for his backstabbing but is subdued by Bradford and his handyman at the Inn Andy, Glen Strange, and tied up and held captive in the basement until the police come to arrest him.

Soon another customer arrives Mike Bardoni, Noel Madison, a wanted hood who's trying to make it across the border to Canada to escape the law. The next four persons who arrive at the Inn is Horace Weatherby, Bryon Foulger, a bank clerk who just embezzled $50,000.00 from his bank and the couple of Allen Bently, Bob Randell, and his fiancé Lee Winfield, Wanda McCay, who are also trying to elope to Canada to escape Lee's domineering and gangster father Tim Winfield, Robert Middleass. Winfield also arrives at the Inn in order to stop his daughter from going through with her marriage to Allen. Winfield is also the man who brought Bardoni down as a top gang leader in the world of organized crime and you just can imagine what happened when the two men end up in the same room together.

Cole unties himself and escapes into the woods as Winfield recognizes Weatherby from his picture in the newspapers as the bank embezzler and gets him to give him the $50,000.00 so, as he tells Weatherby, he'll return it to the police and nothing would happen to him. Earlier in the movie Brdoni noticed the money Weatherby was carrying in a satchel and wanted to take and keep the loot for himself but as it turns out both Winfield & Bardoni end up getting murdered, who did it?

"The Black Raven" isn't one of George Zucco's best but it would be watchable only if the lighting in the movie was better. It looked like the movie was filmed in a mineshaft with some scenes so dark that it was impossible to make out who was in them. There was also an attempt of having some humor in the film with a bumbling sheriff, Charlie Middleton, and a cowardly Inn worker Andy.

Glen Strange who played Andy is almost twice as big, at six foot seven inches, as anyone in the movie and him being scared to death of every little sound and shadow came across as phony as a three dollar bill. It was left up to Bradford as well the audience, the dopey Sheriff was no help at all, to figure out who the killer or killers were and the ending when he was discovered by Bradford did surprise me.


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