IMDb > The Raven (1963)
The Raven
Quicklinks
Top Links
trailers and videosfull cast and crewtriviaofficial sitesmemorable quotes
Overview
main detailscombined detailsfull cast and crewcompany credits
Awards & Reviews
user reviewsexternal reviewsawardsuser ratingsparents guidemessage board
Plot & Quotes
plot summarysynopsisplot keywordsmemorable quotes
Did You Know?
triviagoofssoundtrack listingcrazy creditsalternate versionsmovie connectionsFAQ
Other Info
box office/businessrelease datesfilming locationstechnical specsliterature listingsNewsDesk
Promotional
taglines trailers and videos posters photo gallery
External Links
showtimesofficial sitesmiscellaneousphotographssound clipsvideo clips

The Raven (1963) More at IMDbPro »

Photos (See all 32 | slideshow)

Overview

User Rating:
6.7/10   6,493 votes »
Your Rating:
Saving vote...
Deleting vote...
/10   (delete | history)
Sorry, there was a problem
MOVIEmeter: ?
Up 3% in popularity this week. See why on IMDbPro.
Director:
Writers:
Contact:
View company contact information for The Raven on IMDbPro.
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 Allen Poe poem. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Awards:
1 win See more »
User Reviews:
Raving About Roger Corman's The Raven See more (76 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


Production CompaniesDistributorsSpecial EffectsOther Companies

Additional Details

Also Known As:
Runtime:
86 min
Country:
Language:
Color:
Color (Pathécolor)
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
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)

Did You Know?

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:
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.
[...]
See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Scream 4 (2011)See more »

FAQ

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.
9 out of 10 people found the following review useful.
Raving About Roger Corman's The Raven, 12 November 2008
Author: tarryrob from Canada

Raving About Roger Corman's The Raven (1963) Every October my daughter and I pick up a few spooky movies to get into the Halloween groove. This year, I had the pleasure of introducing her to one of my all time favorite horror comedy classics, Director Roger Corman's "The Raven." The screenplay is adapted (VERY loosely) from the famous Edgar Allan Poe poem. This is one of Corman's many American International Picture adaptations of Edgar Allan Poe's works, and one of his best.

As the king of "b" horror movies, Corman knew had to make the most out of a tight budget. His stylish films consistently used good source material, well written screenplays, lavish set designs, locations, props, costumes and great horror stars. "The Raven" boasts no less a cast than Vincent Price, Boris Karloff, Peter Lorre, Jack Nicholson, and 60's scream queen Helen Court – a mind boggling cast given that this is a low budget film.

Pairing horror legends Price, Lorre, and Karloff was indeed a momentous occasion and the stars make the most of it. Any semblance to Poe's Gothic poem pretty much ends after Vincent Price reads the first few lines (brilliantly recited despite its brevity) at the intro of the movie. Afterwards, screenplay writer Richard Matheson takes the sombre mood of the original poem and turns it on its ear with his original comic screenplay.

At the outset of the film, we learn that Price's character (Dr.Craven – a wizard) has lost his wife Lenore (Helen Court) and has long mourned her loss. He's interrupted in the midst of his grief by "a tapping at his door." Price opens the door to find himself confronted by a raven (Peter Lorre). The raven, it turns out, can talk and is actually a rascally wizard named Dr Bedlo who has been enchanted by the evil wizard Dr Scarabus (Boris Karloff). He entreats the amazed doctor to help him become a man again.

Richard Matheson's screenplay provides the actors with some wonderful comedy dialog with which to work. Price and Lorre had been previous teamed in Tales of Terror, and their styles blend beautifully together – they are a scream! They set about concocting a potion in set designer Daniel's Haller's creepily atmospheric dungeon. After much fumbling, Price finally manages to restore Lorre's human head, but his body remains that of a giant human sized raven. Seeing Lorre strut his stuff in the Big Bird raven costume is almost worth the DVD price by itself! Once restored, Lorre swears revenge on Dr Scarabus. He asks for Price's help. But the doctor refuses until Lorre's character spots a portrait of Price's long lost wife and remarks that he's seen the woman at Scarabus' castle. The two set off for the castle along with Price's daughter (Olive Sturgess) and Bedlo's son (played by a young delightfully hammy Jack Nicholson).

When Lorre and Price reach the castle, the fireworks begin – figuratively and literally. It's clear these three horror icons are having the time of their lives, hilariously spoofing their monster screen personas. Dated special effects (though fine for their day) detract little from the final magical showdown between Karloff and Price.

I never get sick of seeing this movie and happily give it a rave review! Grab the popcorn and enjoy.

Rob Rheubottom Winnipeg, MB Canada

Was the above review useful to you?
See more (76 total) »

Message Boards

Discuss this movie with other users on IMDb message board for The Raven (1963)
Recent Posts (updated daily)User
Anyone got a good list of the potion ingredients? hedonis
This movie is not same as poem. arhain
Question.... Blaidd_Drwg
Young Jack Nicholson Captain-Midnight
What's that book title? rory-100
For those of you who want this film on DVD mswritesalot
See more »

Recommendations

If you enjoyed this title, our database also recommends:
- - - - -
The Sorcerer's Apprentice The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King The Prestige Excalibur The Terror
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
Show more recommendations

Related Links

Full cast and crew Company credits External reviews
News articles IMDb Comedy section IMDb USA section

You may report errors and omissions on this page to the IMDb database managers. They will be examined and if approved will be included in a future update. Clicking the 'Edit page' button will take you through a step-by-step process.