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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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Edgar Allan Poe (poem)
Richard Matheson (screenplay)
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Release Date:
25 January 1963 (USA) See more »
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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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (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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86 min
Color (Pathécolor)
Aspect Ratio:
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Sound Mix:
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

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Boris Karloff is also in The Raven (1935). Both films are inspired by Poe's poem, but they each have their own story.See more »
Continuity: When Jack Nicholson's character climbs out of the window to go to Dr. Craven's room, he goes around a corner then a part of the ledge breaks away. Estelle screams as he's stumbling even though she cannot see around the corner.See more »
Estelle Craven:[Estelle, Dr. Craven, Dr. Bedloe and Rexford are all bound to columns in the dungeon] Can't you get your hands free father?
Dr. Craven:I'm afraid not my dear. What with Dr. Scarabus having turned me into a statue and then binding me like this.
Dr. Bedloe:I know I... I know I'm a disgrace.
Rexford Bedlo:I had a somewhat stronger word in mind.
Dr. Bedloe:But son, you know that, that everything I tried in life I was a failure. Only, only the day I joined the Brotherhood of Magicians. Oh I, I was the happiest man on earth. I still remember how happy I was. And then when, when Dr. Scarabus offered to teach me superior magical knowledge for luring Dr. Craven here, I just couldn't resist that magnificent award. But Erasamus, believe me with all my heart I regret what I have done to you.
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22 out of 28 people found the following review useful.
Pure Magic, 19 February 1999
Author: Christopher Moore ( from Melbourne, Australia

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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