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The Black Raven (1943)

Approved | | Mystery | 31 May 1943 (USA)
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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Amos Bradford aka The Raven
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Lee Winfield
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Mike Bardoni
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Allen Bentley (as Bob Randall) (as Robt. Randall)
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Horace Weatherby
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Sheriff (as Charlie Middleton)
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Tim Winfield
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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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The earliest documented telecast of this film in New York City occurred Wednesday 13 October 1948 on WATV (Channel 13). See more »

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Horace Weatherby: Help! Help! Someone tried to break into my room!
Tim Winfield: A man or a woman?
Horace Weatherby: A man, I suppose. Why would a woman want to break into my room?
Tim Winfield: Yeah, I guess you're right.
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Fast-moving old dark hotel thriller with lively performances
17 March 2012 | by (Minnesota) – See all my reviews

George Zucco runs a little country inn called the Black Raven. He himself is also known as the Black Raven—a mysterious underworld figure whose services include assistance to those hoping to slip quietly over the nearby border into Canada.

He has guests: his former partner has busted out of prison to come and get revenge on him; a gangster on the lam (Noel Madison) wants help getting to Canada; a bank clerk (Byron Foulger) stops on his way to Canada with a briefcase full of money; and an eloping couple (Wanda McKay and Bob Livingston—billed here as Robt. Randall) stop for the night, or at least until the storm lets up. Hot in pursuit is the eloping girl's father, who also happens to be a powerful and shady political figure and a bitter rival of the fleeing gangster.

When one of these guests turns up dead and the bag of money goes missing, the Raven has a house full of suspicious characters throwing around accusations and digging around for the money.

The action moves along pretty fast and the plot mostly holds together. The dialog is never particularly original but contains a certain amount of dry humor— Foulger: "Oh, dear, how awful. How'd it happen?" Zucco: "Evidently someone didn't like him."

Zucco is good and is basically the hero—although we know he operates outside of the law, he takes a certain interest in protecting the young couple in particular. Glenn Strange is the Raven's handyman; it's kind of funny to see him as comic relief, as he shivers at shadows and falls down stairs. Charles Middleton is also essentially a comic figure as the clueless sheriff. (Here he has the authoritative voice but none of the brains of the Emperor Ming.)

The cast give enthusiastic performances, the storm effects and lighting create the right atmosphere…it's lots of fun.


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