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The Raven (1963)

Approved  |   |  Comedy, Fantasy, Horror  |  25 January 1963 (USA)
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A magician who has been turned into a raven turns to a former sorcerer for help in this film loosely based on the Edgar Allan Poe poem.

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Lenore Craven
Olive Sturgess ...
Estelle Craven
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Rexford Bedlo
Connie Wallace ...
Maid
William Baskin ...
Grimes
Aaron Saxon ...
Gort
John Dierkes ...
corpes of Rodrick Craven (uncredited)
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In this tongue-in-cheek movie inspired by Poe's poem, Dr. Craven is the son of a great sorcerer (now dead) who was once himself quite skilled at that profession, but has since abandoned it. One evening, a cowardly fool of a magician named Bedlo comes to Craven for help - the evil Scarabus has turned him into a raven and he needs someone to change him back. He also tells the reluctant wizard that Craven's long-lost wife Lenore, whom he loved greatly and thought dead, is living with the despised Scarabus. Written by Ken Yousten <kyousten@bev.net>

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Wits and wizardry run a-fowl! See more »

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Comedy | Fantasy | Horror

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25 January 1963 (USA)  »

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El cuervo  »

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$200,000 (estimated)
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Jack Nicholson always gave high praise to everyone he worked with on the set, except one - the Raven. He said the Raven pooped on everyone, but especially liked to poop on him; he later said: "I would look down when the Raven flew off my shoulder, and it would be covered in poop....I hated that bird." See more »

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The amount of milk in Dr. Craven's glass increases from one shot to another. See more »

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Dr. Craven: [watching Dr. Bedloe as a raven drinking from the chalice] Why pardon my soul!
Dr. Bedloe: Never mind your soul start concentrating on getting me back to my rightful form!
Dr. Craven: Your rightful form?
Dr. Bedloe: Well what do you think I was born this way?
Dr. Craven: Well I, I have it you are under an enchantment!
Dr. Bedloe: Took you long enough to find that out!
[flies onto a chair]
Dr. Bedloe: Lets get to work, well go ahead do something!
Dr. Craven: But what?
Dr. Bedloe: Restore me to my rightful form
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If you are expecting Poe.........
23 August 2000 | by (Seattle) – See all my reviews



Sorry, if you are expecting a movie based on Poe's poem. Other than Vincent Price elucidating one line from the

poem and his wife being named Lenore, any other connections are coincidental. Yet, I'm sure you will find this movie entertaining and funny. An all star cast of Vincent Price,( the kind but powerful

hero), Peter Lorre, (a sniveling, shifty, weasel), and Karloff

at his diabolical best as the evil magician. It is sort of a

D&D version of the Good, Bad & the Ugly. Great special

effects for its time. A young ,soon to be Superstar Jack

Nicholson playing Peter Lorre's noble son does not really

add to the story, but it's fun to see him in his fledging days.


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