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Release Date:
25 January 1963 (USA) See more »
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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 Allen Poe poem. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Awards:
1 win See more »
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Party Time See more (73 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)

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)
 
Crew believed to be complete


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Runtime:
86 min
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Color (Pathécolor)
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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)

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Trivia:
Finnish censorship certificate register # 68020 delivered on 28-1-1964.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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Movie Connections:
Referenced in The Falls (1980)See more »

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18 out of 20 people found the following review useful.
Party Time, 26 October 2002
Author: telegonus from brighton, ma

The Corman-Matheson The Raven, a charming cultural artifact from the early sixties, played extremely well at kiddie matinees when first released, holds up less well for grownups when watching it on television. This is a movie that needs an audience, preferably young and not too sophisticated. Without the laughter of children it falls a little flat, but is still fun to look at, if only for the remarkable sets of Daniel Haller, the colorful costumes, the mugging actors.

This is not an adaptation of the Edgar Allan Poe poem (which would be impossible) but rather a spoof of the various movies adapted from Poe's stories that were so popular at the time it came out, featuring many of the same cast members! As such, the movie needs to be seen in this context or else it will make no sense.

Vincent Price, a good magician, helps Peter Lorre turn from raven back to human form, then journeys to the castle of bad magician Boris Karloff, who was responsible for changing Lorre into a bird, to engage in a battle of sorcerer's tricks. Jack Nicholson is on hand as Lorre's son, and the two have some funny scenes together. There's not much story here, but the look and feel of the film are what make it work, to the extent that it does, as it's really a showcase for the actors and set designers more than anything else. It's a lighthearted film from the start, with nary a frightening moment. Everyone's dressed up as if at a Halloween party, and the festive tone is sustained throughout.

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