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The Raven (1963)

Approved  |   |  Comedy, Fantasy, Horror  |  25 January 1963 (USA)
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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
Olive Sturgess ...
Estelle Craven
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Rexford Bedlo
Connie Wallace ...
Maid
William Baskin ...
Grimes
Aaron Saxon ...
Gort
John Dierkes ...
corpes of Rodrick Craven (uncredited)
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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 supreme adventure in terror! 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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Boris Karloff is also in the 1935 film The Raven. Both films are inspired by Poe's poem, but they each have their own story. See more »

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The amount of milk in Dr. Craven's glass increases from one shot to another. See more »

Quotes

[Craven and Bedloe enter the family crypt. It is full of dust and spider webs]
Dr. Bedloe: Hard place to keep clean, huh?
Dr. Craven: Yes, I very seldom get down here.
[Craven begins to unseal the coffin of his father as Bedloe brushes dust from the coffin lid]
Dr. Craven: Thank you.
[Craven opens the coffin lid, he loses his grip and it falls, smashing Bedloe's wing]
Dr. Bedloe: Ouuuu!
Dr. Craven: I'm sorry.
[Craven opens the coffin lid and looks at his father's corpse]
Dr. Craven: . Forgive me papa.
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If you are expecting Poe.........
23 August 2000 | by (Seattle) – See all my reviews



Sorry, if you are expecting a movie based on Poe's poem. Other than Vincent Price elucidating one line from the

poem and his wife being named Lenore, any other connections are coincidental. Yet, I'm sure you will find this movie entertaining and funny. An all star cast of Vincent Price,( the kind but powerful

hero), Peter Lorre, (a sniveling, shifty, weasel), and Karloff

at his diabolical best as the evil magician. It is sort of a

D&D version of the Good, Bad & the Ugly. Great special

effects for its time. A young ,soon to be Superstar Jack

Nicholson playing Peter Lorre's noble son does not really

add to the story, but it's fun to see him in his fledging days.


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