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The Raven -- 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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Director:
Writers:
Edgar Allan Poe (poem)
Richard Matheson (screenplay)
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Release Date:
25 January 1963 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
The supreme adventure in terror! See more »
Plot:
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Awards:
1 win See more »
User Reviews:
Absolute Magic! See more (78 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Vincent Price ... Dr. Erasmus Craven

Peter Lorre ... Dr. Adolphus Bedlo

Boris Karloff ... Dr. Scarabus

Hazel Court ... Lenore Craven
Olive Sturgess ... Estelle Craven

Jack Nicholson ... Rexford Bedlo
Connie Wallace ... Maid
William Baskin ... Grimes
Aaron Saxon ... Gort
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
John Dierkes ... corpes of Rodrick Craven (uncredited)
Dick Johnstone ... Roderick Craven (uncredited)
Mark Sheeler ... Bit part (uncredited)

Directed by
Roger Corman 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Richard Matheson  screenplay
Edgar Allan Poe  poem

Produced by
Samuel Z. Arkoff .... executive producer
Roger Corman .... producer
James H. Nicholson .... executive producer
 
Original Music by
Les Baxter 
 
Cinematography by
Floyd Crosby (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Ronald Sinclair 
 
Production Design by
Daniel Haller 
 
Art Direction by
Daniel Haller 
 
Set Decoration by
Harry Reif 
 
Makeup Department
Ted Coodley .... makeup artist
Betty Pedretti .... hair stylist
 
Production Management
Robert Agnew .... unit manager
Bartlett A. Carre .... production supervisor
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Jack Bohrer .... assistant director
 
Art Department
Karl Brainard .... property master
Ross Hahn .... construction coordinator
 
Sound Department
John Bury Jr. .... sound
Gene Corso .... sound editor
Aldo Ferri .... sound re-recording mixer (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Pat Dinga .... special effects
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Bill Creamer .... still photographer (uncredited)
Harry L. Underwood .... camera operator (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Marjorie Corso .... costume supervisor
Thomas Welsh .... wardrobe (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Albert Harris .... orchestrator
Eve Newman .... music editor
Al Simms .... music coordinator
Albert Harris .... composer: additional music (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Jack W. Cash .... production assistant
Moe Di Sesso .... raven trainer
Claude Cohen .... artistic director: french post-synchronized version (uncredited)
Michel Gast .... dubbing director: french post-synchronized version (uncredited)
Jenny Gérard .... artistic director: french post-synchronized version (uncredited)
 
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Runtime:
86 min
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Color:
Color (Pathécolor)
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
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Certification:
Argentina:Atp | Australia:PG | Finland:K-16 | Finland:K-15 (new rating: 2001) | France:U | Netherlands:12 | Netherlands:14 (1964) | Sweden:15 | UK:X (original rating) | UK:PG (video rating) (2003) | USA:Approved (PCA #20400) | USA:G (1980) | West Germany:6

Did You Know?

Trivia:
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 »
Goofs:
Continuity: (at around 29 mins) Dr. Craven has just knocked out Grimes the carriage master with a green laser beam from the tip of his finger. I sent this correction in just a few minutes ago and incorrectly called Grimes, Gort the giant, my mistake, sorry. This is to correct by previous mistake. Thanks.See more »
Quotes:
[last lines]
Dr. Bedloe:[as the raven] Erasamus, now that Dr. Scarabus is out of the way we've got to make immediate plans for your assumption of the grand mastership. I'll glady act as your liaison so, so you won't be bothered having to present your case personally to the brotherhood. Later on I'll be happy to assume the post of super numeri secretary dispencer.
Dr. Craven:Dr. Bedloe.
Dr. Bedloe:[as the raven] Yes?
Dr. Craven:Do you really think such treachery can be so easily forgiven and forgotten?
Dr. Bedloe:[as the raven] Treachery! I saved all your lives!
Dr. Craven:After having put them in jeopardy in the first place.
Dr. Bedloe:[as the raven] That's beside the point. Very well, if that's the way you feel about it, kindly return me to my rightful form and I'll leave.
Dr. Craven:Well, I'll uh, I'll take it under advisement.
Dr. Bedloe:[as the raven] Take it under advisement? Well really! Who do you think you are talking to anyway?
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43 out of 45 people found the following review useful.
Absolute Magic!, 19 September 1999

Clever dialogue, gothic scenery, and three old masters of horror make this film a delight to watch...over and over again. It is not very often one gets a chance to see three horror legends...Boris Karloff, Vincent Price, and Peter Lorre(plus a young Jack Nicholson)...in any movie, especially one with competent and stylized direction by a Roger Corman and a witty script by some guy named Richard Matheson( a legend in the horror and sci-fi genres and the one author that influenced Stephen King more than any other). The talent alone insures success and each of these respective masters delivers in this film. The story has virtually nothing to do with the Poe poem...but who cares with a cast like this. Peter Lorre steals every scene he is in and chews the scenery left and right. Hazel Court has a small role as the beautiful Lenore, and she turns in a good performance as well. But in the end it is the King of Horror and the Crown Prince of Horror...Karloff and Price...that make this movie a magical experience, particularly in their duel of magic at the climax of the film. Get some popcorn, a nice big drink, and turn the lights out and have fun with The Raven.

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