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The Raven (1963)

Approved | | Comedy, Fantasy, Horror | 25 January 1963 (USA)
A magician who has been turned into a raven turns to a former sorcerer for help.

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Lenore Craven
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Estelle Craven
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Rexford Bedlo
Connie Wallace ...
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William Baskin ...
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Aaron Saxon ...
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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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THE TERROR BEGINS AT MIDNIGHT! See more »

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Comedy | Fantasy | Horror

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$200,000 (estimated)
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The movie was shot in 15 days. 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 vomitable!
Dr. Craven: Surely ...
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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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