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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Complete credited cast:
Lenore Craven
Olive Sturgess ...
Estelle Craven
Rexford Bedlo
Connie Wallace ...
William Baskin ...
Aaron Saxon ...
John Dierkes ...
corpes of Rodrick Craven (uncredited)


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 <>

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Among the humorous touches Richard Matheson worked into the screenplay were the Latin incantations used to cast spells, which any student of the language would recognize as the adages: "I came, I saw, I conquered"; "Beware of the dog"; "If you want peace, prepare for war"; etc. See more »


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


Dr. Scarabus: Afraid my dear? There's nothing to be afraid of.
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Edited into Final Cut: Ladies and Gentlemen (2012) 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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