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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 ...
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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Wits and wizardry run a-fowl! See more »

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$200,000 (estimated)
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Boris Karloff later said he was annoyed at having to wear the heavy cape. See more »

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At about 29:18 into the movie, Dr. Craven has just knocked out Grimes with a green laser beam from his index finger. Grimes is on his back on the ground with his hands on his head and his shirt up over his chest. The next second, from the next camera angle, Dr. Craven gets up and Grimes' hands are at his sides and his shirt is rearranged back to just above his knees. See more »

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[Estelle enter her room. Rexford is hiding behind the door and covers her mouth to prevent her from screaming]
Rexford Bedlo: Shhhhhh.
[Estell struggles with a muffled scream]
Rexford Bedlo: I was afraid you would scream.
[he uncovers her mouth and releases his grip on her]
Estelle Craven: Is anything wrong?
Rexford Bedlo: Don't be alarmed but I'm afraid Dr. Scarabus killed my father.
Estelle Craven: Killed him?
Rexford Bedlo: Yes, during the dueling I observed Dr. Scarabus making furtive gestures with his fingers. Now we must speak to your father.
Estelle Craven: But I already have. He trusts Dr. ...
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Referenced in The Falls (1980) See more »

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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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