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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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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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25 January 1963 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El cuervo  »

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$200,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

In casting his spells, Dr. Bedlo uses several Latin phrases: Veni vidi vici: I came, I saw, I conquered. De mortuis nil nisi bonum: Do not speak ill of the dead. Cave canem: Beware of the dog. Si vis pacem parabellum: If you want peace, prepare for war. Ceterum censio Carthaginem esse delendam: Furthermore, I believe that Carthage must be destroyed. See more »

Goofs

A thin string can be seen tied to the raven's leg when he first flies across the room, and when he is perched on the chair. 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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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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