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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
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Estelle Craven
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Rexford Bedlo
Connie Wallace ...
Maid
William Baskin ...
Grimes
Aaron Saxon ...
Gort
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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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Comedy | Fantasy | Horror

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25 January 1963 (USA)  »

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$200,000 (estimated)
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Peter Lorre and Jack Nicholson were fond of ad-libbing their lines, much to the annoyance of Boris Karloff, who was working from the script. See more »

Goofs

At about 29:18 into the movie, Dr. Craven has just knocked out "Gort" the giant with a green laser beam from his index finger. Gort is on his back on the ground with his hands on his head and his shirt up over his chest. The next second, from the next camera angle, Dr. Craven gets up and Gort's hands are at his sides and his shirt is rearranged back to just above his knees. See more »

Quotes

Dr. Craven: You'll need something to protect you from the cold.
[Dr. Bedloe reaches for a glass of wine]
Dr. Craven: No, I meant clothes!
Dr. Bedloe: Oh.
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Pure Magic
19 February 1999 | by (Melbourne, Australia) – See all my reviews

This is true magic. You will be shaking but not through horror. The Raven was made to amuse and it does.

The magician's duel may lack 'modern effects' but for their day they were pretty impressive. And the warmth and humour shines out in all the characters.

And yes, Peter Lorre dressed up as a Raven IS hilarious.


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