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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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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)  »

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$200,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

The events in the film take place circa 1506 based on two clues offered early on. Dr. Craven states that his father has been dead 20 years, and when they show the plate on the coffin the date of death is given as 1486. Therefore, 1486 + 20 = 1506. 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

Rexford Bedlo: I am Dr. Bedlo's son!
Dr. Bedloe: I am sorry...
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Referenced in Elvira's Haunted Hills (2001) See more »

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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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