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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 Allan Poe poem. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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1 win See more »
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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)
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

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Trivia:
The events in the film take place circa 1506 based on two clues offered early on. Dr. Craven states that his father has been dead 20 years, and when they show the plate on the coffin the date of death is given as 1486. Therefore, 1486 + 20 = 1506.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: The amount of milk in Dr. Craven's glass increases from one shot to another.See more »
Quotes:
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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Referenced in Scream 4 (2011)See more »

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22 out of 28 people found the following review useful.
Pure Magic, 19 February 1999
Author: Christopher Moore (cmoore23@ford.com) 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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