The Raven (1963)


USA, 1963
35mm film, Panavision (anamorphic), Pathécolor, 2.35:1
mono, English

An American horror film directed by Roger Corman. Production began on 21 September 1962.

Plot Summary

Magician Dr Erasmus Craven grieves the loss of his wife Lenore and lives in a castle with his daughter Estelle. When a raven knocks at his window, Craven realises that it is actually fellow magician Dr Adolphus Bedlo who was transformed after challenging mortal enemy Dr Scarabus. Craven restores Dr Bedlo to human form and together they head for a final showdown with Scarabus – who doesn’t at first appear to be as evil as he’s been made out to be.


* = uncredited

Directed by: Roger Corman
Alta Vista Productions, American International Productions
Executive Producer: James H. Nicholson, Samuel Z. Arkoff
Produced by: Roger Corman
Screenplay by: Richard Matheson
Short Story: Edgar Allan Poe
Director of Photography: Floyd Crosby
Film Editor: Ronald Sinclair
Music by: Les Baxter
Sound: John Bury
Costume Supervisor: Marjorie Corso
Makeup: Ted Coodley
Hairdresser: Betty Pedretti
Special Effects: Pat Dinga
Photographic Effects: Butler-Glouner
Production Design and Art Direction: Daniel Haller

Vincent Price (Dr Erasmus Craven)
Peter Lorre (Dr Bedlo)
Boris Karloff (Dr Scarabus)
Hazel Court (Lenore Craven)
Olive Sturgess (Estelle Craven)
Jack Nicholson (Rexford Bedlo)
Connie Wallace (maid servant)
William Baskin (Grimes)
Aaron Saxon (Gort)
Jim Jr [the raven] *
Mark Sheeler *

Alternative Titles

Le Corbeau d’Edgar Poe – alternative French title
Le Corbeau maudit – French video title
Le Corbeau – French Belgian, French title
O Corvo – Brazilian, Portuguese title
El cuervo – Argentine, Mexican, Spanish, Venezuelan title
Gavran – Serbian title
A Holló – Hungarian title
To koraki – Greek title
Korpen i skräckens borg – Swedish television title
Korpen – Swedish title
Korppi joka kuoli nauruun – Finnish title
Korppi – Finnish title
Kruk – Polish title
I maghi del terrore – Italian title
De raaf – Flemish Belgium, Dutch title
Der Rabe – Duell der Zauberer – West German title
Ravnen – Danish title

Extracts included in
100 Years of Horror: Boris Karloff (1996)
Cinemassacre’s Monster Madness: Roger Corman’s Poe Films (2007)
Cinemassacre’s Monster Madness: The Terror (2010)
Corman’s World: Exploits of a Hollywood Rebel (2011)
Creepy Classics (1987)
Deathstalker and the Warriors from Hell (1988)
The Directors: The Films of Roger Corman (1999)
Fantastic Fantasy Fright-o-Rama Show Vol. 1 (1996)
Final Cut: Hölgyeim és uraim (2012)
Hollywood and the Stars: Monsters We’ve Known and Loved (1964)
Madhouse (1974)
Not of This Earth (1988)
Son of Svengoolie: The Raven (1981)
Son of Svengoolie: The Raven (1982)
The Unauthorized Hagiography of Vincent Price (2014)


American International Pictures: A Filmography by Robert L. Ottoson pp.96-97 – credits, synopsis, review
Reference Guide to Fantastic Films by Walt Lee p.394 – credits