Down 9,912 this week

Le Corbeau: The Raven (1943)
"Le corbeau" (original title)

Not Rated  |   |  Crime, Drama, Mystery  |  28 September 1943 (France)
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.7/10 from 6,049 users  
Reviews: 41 user | 46 critic

French village doctor becomes target of poison-pen letters sent to village leaders, accusing him of affairs and practicing abortion.


(as Henri Georges Clouzot)


(scenario), (adaptation) (as Henri Georges Clouzot) , 1 more credit »
0Check in

Top 25 Trivia Items From the Last 25 Years

Here are some amazing facts and figures to deepen your appreciation of the movies you love.

See the full list

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 40 titles
created 06 Jul 2011
a list of 48 titles
created 09 Apr 2012
a list of 28 titles
created 21 Jul 2013
a list of 38 titles
created 04 Oct 2013
a list of 22 titles
created 30 Jun 2014

Related Items

Connect with IMDb

Share this Rating

Title: Le Corbeau: The Raven (1943)

Le Corbeau: The Raven (1943) on IMDb 7.7/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Le Corbeau: The Raven.
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Crime | Drama | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

Jenny Lamour wants to succeed in music hall. Her husband and accompanist is Maurice Martineau, a nice but jealous guy. When he knew Jenny is making eyes at Brignon, an old businessman, in ... See full summary »

Director: Henri-Georges Clouzot
Stars: Louis Jouvet, Simone Renant, Bernard Blier
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Stanislas Hassler blazes the development of modern art in his gallery, packed with works of surprising shapes, colours and textures, and where exhibitions turn into media events. Gilbert ... See full summary »

Director: Henri-Georges Clouzot
Stars: Laurent Terzieff, Elisabeth Wiener, Bernard Fresson
Manon (1949)
Drama | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

An adaptation of Abbe Prevost's classic French novel 'Manon Lescaut', updated to post-World War II France, in which a former French Resistance activist rescues Manon from villagers who want... See full summary »

Director: Henri-Georges Clouzot
Stars: Serge Reggiani, Michel Auclair, Cécile Aubry
Les espions (1957)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

A psychiatrist, desperate for money to keep his faltering practice running, makes a deal with a spy to hide a mysterious person in his clinic in return for a million francs. As soon as the ... See full summary »

Director: Henri-Georges Clouzot
Stars: Curd Jürgens, Peter Ustinov, O.E. Hasse
Adventure | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  

In a decrepit South American village, men are hired to transport an urgent nitroglycerine shipment without the equipment that would make it safe.

Director: Henri-Georges Clouzot
Stars: Yves Montand, Charles Vanel, Peter van Eyck
The Truth (1960)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

Dominique Marceau is on trial for the murder of Gilbert Tellier. The counsels duel relentlessly, elaborating explanations for why the pretty, idle and fickle girl killed the talented and ... See full summary »

Director: Henri-Georges Clouzot
Stars: Brigitte Bardot, Paul Meurisse, Charles Vanel
Diabolique (1955)
Drama | Horror | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  

The wife of a cruel headmaster and his mistress conspire to kill him, but after the murder is committed, his body disappears, and strange events begin to plague the two women.

Director: Henri-Georges Clouzot
Stars: Simone Signoret, Véra Clouzot, Paul Meurisse
Crime | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

Bob, an old gangster and gambler is almost broke, so he decides in spite of the warnings of a friend, a high official from the police, to rob a gambling casino in Dauville. Everything is ... See full summary »

Director: Jean-Pierre Melville
Stars: Roger Duchesne, Isabelle Corey, Daniel Cauchy
Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

An aging, world-weary gangster is double-crossed and forced out of retirement when his best friend is kidnapped and their stash of eight stolen gold bars demanded as ransom.

Director: Jacques Becker
Stars: Jean Gabin, René Dary, Dora Doll
Crime | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

A military deserter finds love and trouble (and a small dog) in a smoky French port city.

Director: Marcel Carné
Stars: Jean Gabin, Michel Simon, Michèle Morgan
Crime | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

Pépé le Moko is a gangster from Paris that hides in Algier's Casbah. In the Casbah, he is safe and is able to elude the police's attempts to capture him. But he misses his freedom, after ... See full summary »

Director: Julien Duvivier
Stars: Jean Gabin, Gabriel Gabrio, Saturnin Fabre
Comedy | Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

Inspector Wens moves into a Paris boarding house to catch a serial killer.

Director: Henri-Georges Clouzot
Stars: Pierre Fresnay, Suzy Delair, Jean Tissier


Cast overview, first billed only:
Ginette Leclerc ...
Denise Saillens
Micheline Francey ...
Laura Vorzet
Héléna Manson ...
Marie Corbin - l'infirmière
Jeanne Fusier-Gir ...
La mercière
La mère du cancéreux
Liliane Maigné ...
Rolande Saillens
Pierre Larquey ...
Michel Vorzet
Noël Roquevert ...
Saillens - la maître d'école
Bernard Lancret ...
Le substitut
Antoine Balpêtré ...
Le docteur Delorme (as Antoine Balpétré)
Bonnevie - le trésorier de l'hôpital
Pierre Bertin ...
Le sous-préfet
Louis Seigner ...
Roger Blin ...
François - le cancéreux du 13


A vicious series of poison-pen letters spreads rumours, suspicion and fear among the inhabitants of a small French town, and one after another, they turn on each other as their hidden secrets are unveiled - but the one secret that no-one can uncover is the identity of the letters' author... Written by Michael Brooke <>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


Une petite ville, ici ou ailleurs. [Post War Version] See more »


Not Rated | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:





Release Date:

28 September 1943 (France)  »

Also Known As:

The Raven  »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Wide Range Noiseless Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See  »

Did You Know?


The screenplay is based on a true story which took place in Tulle (Corrèze, France) in the 1920s. See more »


[first lines]
Le docteur Rémy Germain: [washes blood off his arms] I saved the mother.
Grand-mother: And the baby?
Le docteur Rémy Germain: No.
See more »


Referenced in Delicatessen (1991) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Humanity, before there were tabloids
21 June 2006 | by (Zurich, Switzerland) – See all my reviews

According to a short interview with filmmaker Bertrand Tavernier in the French DVD-edition, the production company responsible for Le Corbeau was founded at the instigation of the Nazi propaganda minister, Joseph Goebbels. It was supposed to produce unpolitical, „uplifting" entertainment. And it functioned outside of the control and censorship authority of the collaborationist French Vichy regime. Somehow, with Le Corbeau director Georges Henri Coluzot succeeded in standing the company's original precept on its head, painting a dark and pessimistic picture of French society. The courage, daring (and foolhardiness?) of the makers of Le Corbeau is, I assume, beyond comprehension for a contemporary audience. Many French, not least the Resistance and the post war authorities, were offended by this portrayal. But, doesn't the title sequence say explicitly that it could have happened anywhere?

That is true, of course. The pastime of making slanderous remarks and general gossiping is an universal one. In Le Corbeau, set in a small provincial town where everybody knows everybody, almost no one and hardly any scandalous subject is spared. Virtually the whole community gets caught in this whirl of wild accusations and suspicions (I detected a certain resemblance with High Noon). It is beautiful how the director gets the message through that nobody is entirely good or entirely bad, culminating in a great scene where a primitive lamp is sent swinging back and forth, letting the shadows wander.

In this movie an anonymous writer sends letters to different people with wild accusations. Oddly, the big letters, the layout and even the short, catchy phrasing look like the prototype of a tabloid newspaper. The letters actually are hand made scandal sheets in an era when newspapers still were meant for fully literate people. One of the highlights of the movie is a funeral procession in which one of those letters falls from the horse drawn hearse. Due to its bold lettering it is immediately recognizable to everyone, but the mourners do not dare pick it up and wait until a curious child gets hold of it. Then they quickly gather around – a wonderful scene.

Le Corbeau is a timeless movie that I can highly recommend.

16 of 21 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
No excuse is a good excuse for my question... katie-35
1st letter pb-2
Early Version of Cache? Yxklyx
Joseph? knivsvrt
Last frame : kids playing. didierfort
Extras - Clouzot interview pb-2
Discuss Le Corbeau: The Raven (1943) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for: