January 29th, 2011: The Raven (1935)

Cast and Crew:   Lew Landers (Director);

What It’s About: When ballet dancer Jean (Irene Ware) is horribly injured in a car crash, her father Judge Thatcher (Samuel S. Hinds) brings brilliant surgeon Dr. Vollin (Bela Lugosi) out of retirement to save her.  Vollin’s operation succeeds, but his mad obsession with Edgar Allan Poe leads him to believe that Jean is his “Lenore”.  Jean is engaged so Vollin plans on using escaped criminal Edmond Bateman (Boris Karloff) to help him kidnap Jean and kill her father and fiance in his dungeon, which is equipped with torture devices “inspired by Poe’s tales”.

Why Watch it Today?: “The Raven” was published today in 1845; like most Poe adaptations the film has little to do with the actual poem, but it is quoted (and even dance interpreted) and the film is a fun pairing of Lugosi and Karloff in their prime.

Where to Get It:  Netflix (Rental only) or Amazon (DVD only)

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4 comments on “January 29th, 2011: The Raven (1935)

  1. shmoo says:

    Suggestion time: you should put the year of the movie’s release somewhere in there.

    • professormortis says:

      Yeah, I was going to say “But you can tell by the cast members”, but since Karloff is in both…

      • shmoo says:

        Oh, I didn’t mean just to differentiate between stories with multiple films, but just to know in general. I don’t know the years of Coffy or Moonrunners or whatever either, without looking.

      • professormortis says:

        Not a bad idea, one of the things I considered but in practice just didn’t like the looks of it. I should probably throw in a year somewhere or other, though. Coffy is 1973, I’d have to look Moonrunners up; it’s one of those things I saw once and enjoyed it but didn’t spend a lot of time thinking about it later. My guess is 1975 (checks…) and I’m right.

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