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The Black Raven (1943)

Approved | | Mystery | 31 May 1943 (USA)
A group of strangers are brought together in an old, dark house and must contend with two murders and $50,000 in stolen money.


Sam Newfield


Fred Myton (original screenplay)




Complete credited cast:
George Zucco ... Amos Bradford aka The Raven
Wanda McKay ... Lee Winfield
Noel Madison ... Mike Bardoni
Robert Livingston ... Allen Bentley (as Bob Randall) (as Robt. Randall)
Byron Foulger ... Horace Weatherby
Charles Middleton ... Sheriff (as Charlie Middleton)
Robert Middlemass ... Tim Winfield
Glenn Strange ... Andy
I. Stanford Jolley ... Whitey Cole


A group of strangers are brought together in an old, dark house and must contend with two murders and $50,000 in stolen money.

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Began shooting February 9 1943, and completed by late February. See more »


Newspaper headline calls him Baroni. Article within calls him Bardoni. See more »


[referring to Whitey Cole]
Amos Bradford: He's suffering from rabid delusions aggravated by a moronic mentality.
Andy: Is that bad?
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Remake of The Rogues' Tavern (1936) See more »

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Compact Little Mystery!
7 December 2002 | by bsmith5552See all my reviews

"The Black Raven", released by PRC is a surprisingly good low budget mystery running just under an hour.

The story takes place during a raging storm that has knocked out the local roads and bridge. A group of varied travellers are then forced to seek shelter in a small hotel run by the mysterious Amos Bradford (George Zucco). The first to arrive is an old nemesis Whitey Cole (I. Stanford Jolley) who has a score to settle with Bradford. Bradford and his oaf-ish assistant Andy (Glenn Strange) overpower him and tie him up but he manages to escape and remain in the shadows.

Shortly thereafter a gangster, Bardoni (Noel Madison) arrives on his way to Canada. Next a meek bank teller (Byron Foulger) who has embezzled $50,000 arrives followed by a young couple Lee Winfield (Wanda McKay) and Allen Bentley (Bob Randall) who are also running off to Canada to get married. Turns out Lee is the daughter of Bardoni's gangland boss (Robert Middlemass) who is the next to arrive looking for his daughter.

Naturally everyone takes an interest in the $50K. Then Winfield is murdered and the Sheriff (Charles Middleton) arrives on the scene. As in all such mysteries suspicion falls on each of the principals until the real murderer is unmasked in the final reel.

This compact little mystery is an entertaining little film noire. Director Sam Newfeld keeps the story moving and the audience guessing. The film is bolstered by its veteran "B" movie cast. Zucco, always under rated, was a staple of such films in the 40s and gives a excellent performance as Bradford. Glenn Strange is also good in a Lon Chaney Jr. type role as the simple-minded Andy. Foulger made a career out of playing meek little bank tellers. And Charles Middleton (Ming the Merciless in the Flash Gordon serials) gets to play a good guy for a change.

An entertaining hour.

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31 May 1943 (USA) See more »

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Casa del mal agüero See more »

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