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Release Date:
25 January 1963 (USA) See more »
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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 Allen Poe poem. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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1 win See more »
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HILARIOUS! GREAT! WONDERFUL! See more (72 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:
Dick Johnstone ... Roderick Craven (uncredited)
Mark Sheeler ... Bit part (uncredited)
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Directed by
Roger Corman 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Richard Matheson  writer
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 
 
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 (Pathécolor)
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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)

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Trivia:
Peter Lorre and Jack Nicholson were fond of ad-libbing their lines, much to the annoyance of Boris Karloff, who was working from the script.See more »
Goofs:
Crew or equipment visible: 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:
Dr. Craven:You'll need something to protect you from the cold.
[Dr. Bedloe reaches for a glass of wine]
Dr. Craven:No, I meant clothes!
Dr. Bedloe:Oh.
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11 out of 14 people found the following review useful.
HILARIOUS! GREAT! WONDERFUL!, 26 May 2001
Author: Bill Treadway (treads22@hotmail.com) from Queens, New York

Roger Corman's "The Raven" is the best of the Poe films and the most entertaining. It owes even less to Poe than some of the other adaptations, but I can't recall laughing so much in a horror film. That it was intended as a followup to the wildly successful "Tales of Terror" only added to the good vibes. The historic teaming of three horror stars Vincent Price, Boris Karloff and Peter Lorre makes this irresistible.

Price plays one of his rare good guy roles as Craven, a good warlock living in his castle in England (where else?). Lorre is Bedlo, a coward who was turned into a raven by the evil sorcerer Scarabus (Karloff). Craven changes him back and Bedlo tells the good warlock/magician that his thought to be dead wife is shacking up with Scarabus. This sets up the final 20 minutes of the film, a hilarious showdown between Craven and Scarabus involving lasers and cheesy red arrows that only make the viewer laugh even more than he/she was doing before.

The great castle designed by Daniel Haller was reused famously in "The Terror" shot two days after this wrapped by Corman. Unless you're a film buff, you probably won't notice, but it adds a comic touch to an already hilarious film. The best comic moments belong to Lorre and Jack Nicholson (as Lorre's son). These two are nuts! Floyd Crosby's photography (in Panavision and Pathecolor) is solid as usual (although the castle isn't; he,he) and Richard Matheson's script (with bits added by Price, Karloff, Lorre and Nicholson) is one of the best comedy scripts ever written. Why wasn't "The Raven" on the AFI Top 100 Comedies List? It's as good as anything in the Top 10 (better than the second ranked Tootsie, that's for sure). The probable answer: they don't know great comedy even if it bit them in the butt.

**** out of 4 stars

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