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The Loves of Edgar Allan Poe (1942)

Approved | | Biography, Drama | 28 August 1942 (USA)
Edgar Allan Poe led an unhappy childhood, broken only by the unceasing devotion of his foster mother, Mrs. Frances Allan, whose loving ministrations gave him courage to carry out his desire... See full summary »

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Harry Lachman

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Arthur Caesar (additional dialogue), Samuel Hoffenstein | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Linda Darnell ... Virginia Clemm
Shepperd Strudwick ... Edgar Allan Poe (as John Shepperd)
Virginia Gilmore ... Elmira Royster
Jane Darwell ... Mrs. Mariah Clemm
Mary Howard ... Frances Allan
Frank Conroy ... John Allan
Harry Morgan ... Ebenezer Burling (as Henry Morgan)
Walter Kingsford ... T.W. White
Morris Ankrum ... Mr. Graham
Skippy Wanders Skippy Wanders ... Poe, age 3
Freddie Mercer Freddie Mercer ... Poe, age 12
Erville Alderson ... Burke the Schoolmaster
Peggy McIntyre Peggy McIntyre ... Elmira, age 10
William Bakewell ... Hugh Pleasant (as William Bakewell Jr.)
Frank Melton ... Turner Dixon
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Edgar Allan Poe led an unhappy childhood, broken only by the unceasing devotion of his foster mother, Mrs. Frances Allan, whose loving ministrations gave him courage to carry out his desire to write. His first love was Elmira Royster, and though she married another while he was at the University of Virginia, he could never purge his thoughts of her and, under the influence of her spell, he poured out the deepest passions of his heart. After a discouraging period during which he was disowned by his foster father and lost his appointment to West Point, he found the love that tamed his restless heart with Virginia Clemm. After he and Virginia married, Poe did his greatest creative work, writing for the Southern Literary Messenger and Graham's Magazine. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Surpassing his startling stories of dark emotions, comes the true drama of his own life and tempestuous loves!

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Biography | Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 August 1942 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Los amores de Edgar Allan Poe See more »

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Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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A raven appears early in the film. It was played by a "professional" named Jim, who already had over 200 films to his credit. Jim earned $50 a day for his trainer. See more »

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Way too brief
9 April 2018 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Edgar Allan Poe (1809-1849) was acclaimed by many to be America's greatest writer in the 19th century. As you see he lived but 40 years. But this had to be a most complex mind to have written the poems and stories he did in that time.

Which you will not get from this biographical film that came from 20th Century Fox's B picture unit. All we get from him here is he was an alcoholic and he crusaded against the copyright laws which made him sell his work for pittance. Under today's laws Poe would have been rich. I also think he would have been as dissipated a person he was in his century as such like F. Scott Fitzgerald and Eugene O'Neill would have been in this century.

It's obvious this film had a bigger destiny for it, but Darryl F. Zanuck downgraded it to the B picture unit. It might have been something for Tyrone Power or Don Ameche. Sheppard Strudwick took the lead and he does turn in a fine performance with very little to work with.

The loves of his life are Virginia Gilmore whom he loses to another and Linda Darnell his beautiful, but sickly second wife to whom a lot of his work was dedicated.

A nice film, but way too brief and superficial.


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