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The Raven (1915)

Not Rated | | Biography, Drama | 8 November 1915 (USA)
Edgar Allan Poe, while at college, incurs many debts and is sent home in disgrace. He is ordered from the house by his father. Shortly after, he marries, and tries to make a living by ... See full summary »

Director:

Charles Brabin (as Charles J. Brabin)

Writers:

Charles Brabin (as Charles J. Brabin), George Cochran Hazelton (novel)
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Cast

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Henry B. Walthall ... Edgar Allan Poe
Warda Howard Warda Howard ... Virginia Clemm / Helen Whitman / The Lost Lenore / A Spirit
Ernest Maupain ... John Allan
Eleanor Thompson Eleanor Thompson ... Mrs. Allan
Marian Skinner Marian Skinner ... Mrs. Clemm (as Marion Skinner)
Harry Dunkinson ... Tony
Grant Foreman Grant Foreman ... George Graham
Hugh Thompson ... David Poe Jr (as Hugh E. Thompson)
Peggy Meredith Peggy Meredith ... Mrs. Hopkins Poe
Frank Hamilton Frank Hamilton ... David Poe Sr
Billy Robinson Billy Robinson ... Joseph Reed
Bert Weston Bert Weston ... Negro
Charles Harris Charles Harris ... Mr. Pelham (as Charles K. Harris)
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Edgar Allan Poe, while at college, incurs many debts and is sent home in disgrace. He is ordered from the house by his father. Shortly after, he marries, and tries to make a living by writing, but is a failure financially. His wife dies because he is unable to furnish her with even the bare necessities of life. He is plunged into great grief and despair. All night he sits brooding over his loss. Through his distorted imagination he sees the ominous raven enter his chamber and croak gloomy forebodings. The spirit of his wife also appears and finally he himself dies, and is wafted to heights supernal, where he is united with his "Lenore." Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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Biography | Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 November 1915 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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The room where this was filmed still exists today. Charlie Chaplin also filmed there. Essanay Studios, Chicago. See more »

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Very peculiar.
16 October 1999 | by David-240See all my reviews

This is an odd little film, supposedly a biography of Edgar Allen Poe. With some striking fantasy visuals and a fine performance by Walthall, this is a very worthwhile and unique "art" film. Least successful is the attempted humour when Edgar and his pal compete for the affections of a maiden. Most successful is a recreation of the "Raven" poem. Some of the plot elements make no sense suggesting that the print I saw was incomplete, but as a tribute to Poe it is most effective.


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