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The Raven (1915)

Edgar Allan Poe, while at college, incurs many debts and is sent home in disgrace. He is ordered from the house by his father. Shortly after, he marries, and tries to make a living by ... See full summary »


Charles Brabin (as Charles J. Brabin)


Charles Brabin (as Charles J. Brabin), George Cochran Hazelton (novel)




Cast overview:
Henry B. Walthall ... Edgar Allan Poe
Warda Howard Warda Howard ... Virginia Clemm / Helen Whitman / The Lost Lenore / A Spirit
Ernest Maupain ... John Allan
Eleanor Thompson Eleanor Thompson ... Mrs. Allan
Marian Skinner Marian Skinner ... Mrs. Clemm (as Marion Skinner)
Harry Dunkinson Harry Dunkinson ... Tony
Grant Foreman Grant Foreman ... George Graham
Hugh Thompson ... David Poe Jr (as Hugh E. Thompson)
Peggy Meredith Peggy Meredith ... Mrs. Hopkins Poe
Frank Hamilton Frank Hamilton ... David Poe Sr
Billy Robinson Billy Robinson ... Joseph Reed
Bert Weston Bert Weston ... Negro
Charles Harris Charles Harris ... Mr. Pelham (as Charles K. Harris)


Edgar Allan Poe, while at college, incurs many debts and is sent home in disgrace. He is ordered from the house by his father. Shortly after, he marries, and tries to make a living by writing, but is a failure financially. His wife dies because he is unable to furnish her with even the bare necessities of life. He is plunged into great grief and despair. All night he sits brooding over his loss. Through his distorted imagination he sees the ominous raven enter his chamber and croak gloomy forebodings. The spirit of his wife also appears and finally he himself dies, and is wafted to heights supernal, where he is united with his "Lenore." Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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Biography | Drama


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Release Date:

8 November 1915 (USA) See more »

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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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The room where this was filmed still exists today. Charlie Chaplin also filmed there. Essanay Studios, Chicago. See more »

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Terrible print, decent movie.
19 November 2010 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

This is a tough silent film to watch, as the print is very, very washed out and occasionally skips. It's desperately in need of restoration--DESPERATELY. Oddly, however, despite there being no apparent attempt to fix the quality of the print, the film has a really nice musical score--surprising since the film otherwise looks a mess.

As for the film itself, despite the title, it is NOT recreation of the Edgar Allen Poe tale, but a biography of Poe's life. Only later is the story of the raven recreated within the biopic. While this film is inferior when compared to biographies made in the following decades, for 1915 it's actually quite nice--with a run-time of almost one hour in its original form (very long for the time), decent acting, nice use of double-exposures and excellent costumes. It is noteworthy in the acting department that the film stars Henry B. Walthall. While not a common name today, in his time he was one of the stage's and screen's preeminent actors and he starred in a ton of films during the silent and sound era--the most notably being D.W. Griffith's "Birth of a Nation". His performance was very nice and natural, though I should also praise the rest of the cast, as they acted quite realistically--especially compared to some of the wildly exaggerating done by many actors in their day. The only exceptions were the terribly overdone black actors in the film. Not only did they overdo it, but I suspect they were all white folks in black-face makeup. Some clearly were, but it was hard to tell about all since the print was THAT bad! Believe it or not, having white actors do this is films was very common at this time--though today it's bound to raise a few eyebrows!! My score of 7 takes into the account the craptastic print. Should a restoration occur and I see it, I'll be glad to consider adding a point or two for this.

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