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A brilliant surgeon obsessed with Edgar Allan Poe saves the life of a beautiful dancer and goes mad when he can't have her.

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Edmond Bateman (as Karloff)
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Dr. Richard Vollin
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Dr. Jerry Halden (Credits) / Dr. Jerry Holden
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Jean Thatcher
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Judge Thatcher
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Geoffrey (Credits) / Col. Bertram Grant
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Mary Burns
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Col. Bertram Grant (Credits) / Geoffrey 'Pinky'
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Harriet
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Autograph Hound (scenesDeleted)
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Autograph Hound (scenesDeleted)
Joe Haworth ...
Drug Clerk (scenesDeleted)
Mary Wallace ...
Autograph Hound (scenesDeleted)
Raine Bennett ...
Poe (uncredited)
Al Ferguson ...
The Crook (uncredited)
Nina Golden ...
Dancer (uncredited)
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Bedside Dr. at Jerry's Right (uncredited)
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Chapman - Buyer of Poe Memorabilia (uncredited)
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Bedside Dr. at Judge's Right (uncredited)
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Policeman (uncredited)
Madeline Talcott ...
Bedside Nurse (uncredited)
Cyril Thornton ...
Dr. Vollin's Butler (uncredited)

Directed by

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Lew Landers ... (as Louis Friedlander)

Written by

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Edgar Allan Poe ... (poem)
 
David Boehm ... (screenplay)
 
Guy Endore ... (contributing writer) (uncredited)
 
Florence Enright ... (dialogue) (uncredited)
 
John Lynch ... (contributing writer) (uncredited)
 
Clarence Marks ... (contributing writer) (uncredited)
 
Dore Schary ... (contributing writer) (uncredited)
 
Michael L. Simmons ... (contributing writer) (uncredited)
 
Jim Tully ... (contributing writer) (uncredited)

Produced by

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David Diamond ... associate producer
Stanley Bergerman ... executive producer (uncredited)

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Clifford Vaughan ... (uncredited)

Cinematography by

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Charles J. Stumar ... (photographer) (as Charles Stumar)

Film Editing by

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Albert Akst

Editorial Department

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Maurice Pivar ... supervising editor (uncredited)

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Albert S. D'Agostino

Makeup Department

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Otto Lederer ... makeup artist (uncredited)
Jack P. Pierce ... makeup designer (uncredited)
Hazel Rogers ... hair stylist (uncredited)

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Scott R. Beal ... assistant director (uncredited)
Victor Noerdlinger ... assistant director (uncredited)

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John P. Fulton ... process photography (uncredited)

Music Department

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Gilbert Kurland ... music supervisor
C. Bakaleinikoff ... conductor (uncredited)
W. Franke Harling ... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Heinz Roemheld ... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Clifford Vaughan ... orchestrator (uncredited)

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Florence Enright ... dialogue director
Theodore Kosloff ... dance arranger
Carl Laemmle ... president: Universal Pictures Corp.
George DeNormand ... double: Bela Lugosi (uncredited)
Ed Haskett ... supervising secretary (uncredited)
Moree Herring ... script clerk (uncredited)
Monte Montague ... double: Boris Karloff (uncredited)
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Plot Summary

A wealthy judge coaxes the brilliant but eccentric neurological surgeon Dr. Vollin (Lugosi), who also has an obsessive penchant for Edgar Allen Poe, out of retirement to save the life of his daughter, a dancer crippled and brain damaged in an auto wreck. Vollin restores her completely, but also envisions her as his "Lenore," and cooks up a scheme to kidnap the woman and torture and kill her fiance' and father in his Poe-inspired dungeon. To do his dirty work, Vollin recruits a wanted criminal (Karloff), and turns him into a hideous monster to guarantee his subservience. Written by Kevin Rayburn

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Also Known As
  • Le corbeau (France)
  • Der Rabe (Germany)
  • El cuervo (Spain)
  • El cuervo (Argentina)
  • Der Rabe (Austria)
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  • 61 min
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Budget $115,000 (estimated)

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Trivia According to Greg Mank's book "Karloff and Lugosi, Karloff received $10,000 for his work, Lugosi $5000, Irene Ware $625, Lester Matthews $1153.76, and Samuel S. Hinds $1333.35. See more »
Goofs The on-screen credits interchanged the character names for Ian Wolfe and Spencer Charters. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in The Raven/Dracula's Daughter (1970). See more »
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Crazy Credits At the very end of the film, The credits read: "A Good Cast Is Worth Repeating" (credits for the cast are also at the beginning of the film) See more »
Quotes Dr. Richard Vollin: Your monstrous ugliness breeds monstrous hatred. Good! I can use your hate.
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