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The Raven (1963)

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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 Allen Poe poem.

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Complete credited cast:
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Dr. Erasmus Craven
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Dr. Adolphus Bedlo
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Dr. Scarabus
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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
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Storyline

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)  »

Also Known As:

El cuervo  »

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$200,000 (estimated)
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Finnish censorship certificate register # 68020 delivered on 28-1-1964. See more »

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After Dr. Bedlow has been changed back to a human, he is talking with Dr. Craven when he notices a small framed color photograph of Lenore on a table. This film takes place long before photography was even invented. See more »

Quotes

Dr. Craven: [to the raven] Are you some dark winged messenger from beyond?, answer me monster tell me truly! shall I ever hold again the radiant maiden whom the angels call Lenore?
Dr. Bedloe: [as the raven] How the hell should I know?, what am I a fortune teller?, Ooh I'm chilled to the bones, why don't you get me some wine... well just don't stand there gaping at me!
Dr. Craven: That voice... I
Dr. Bedloe: [Interrupting him] Will you give me some wine?
Dr. Craven: Yes, yes,
[offering him a chalice]
Dr. Craven: Here's some nice hot milk
Dr. Bedloe: Milk?, how vomit-able!
Dr. Craven: Surely ...
[...]
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A good laugh
13 August 2004 | by (Illinois, USA) – See all my reviews

When I first saw this movies I was shocked by the humor. I was in the mood for a horror flick, and with actors such as Peter Lorre, Vincent Price, and the incomparable Boris Karlof I was sure that I had hit horror gold. However, after the first minute of the movie I quickly realized that this was not a horror film at all, but a wonderful satire of the horror genre.

What makes this movie work so well is that nobody takes themselves too seriously. In fact, you can tell from the outset that everyone in the cast is in on the joke. I would caution those who are expecting a great performance from Jack Nickleson to be prepared to be disappointed. However, it is plainly evident that he is an excellent actor just waiting to happen.

Is this movie perfect, hardly, but it is definitely worth seeing. If for no other reason than to see the climatic head to head dual of magic between Price and Karlof.


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