It is so much a period piece. And that is the source of delight. The quality of the sound I recommend this film as a charming visit with our history of movie making. Was this review helpful? Sign in to vote. MarcoAntonio1 5 August Many people have found that most DVD editions of "The Black Raven" to be too dark in places and of overall poor quality.
It's compiled with "Black Dragons" and the most perfect copy of "Bluebeard" that I've ever seen other DVD's of "Bluebeard" on the market are too grainy, edited or have bad sound. Anyway, "The Black Raven" focuses on a group of people who are trying to get over the Canadian border for different reasons but are forced by a rainstorm and washed-out bridges to spend the night at the shadowy Black Raven Inn. The film has plenty of old dark house atmosphere plus the effective relentless howling of the wind and the pounding of the rain. George Zucco and Wanda McKay give good performances in this intriguing murder mystery.
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Norm 30 July This is a very "odd" film about the owner of a hotel Zucco who as a side-line of smuggling criminals into Canada. It is a VERY "atmospheric" film, with plenty of rain, thunder, and mysterious goings-on. Many reviewers have unfairly, in my opinion "panned" this film, but I think it's a film worth seeing 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. Turns out Lee is the daughter of Bardoni's gangland boss Robert Middlemass who is the next to arrive looking for his daughter. 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.
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Foulger made a career out of playing meek little bank tellers. An entertaining hour. Woodyanders 16 November A motley group of people are forced to seek shelter at a remote inn run by the snooty, sarcastic, but suave Amos Bradford a perfectly unctuous George Zucco because of a raging thunderstorm that has flooded out the bridge and the roads alike. Naturally, a vicious killer starts bumping folks off. Efficiently directed in a briskly straightforward and economical no-frills manner by Sam Newfield, with an endearingly hokey script by Fred Myton, plenty of sharply sardonic dialogue, stark, gritty black and white photography by Robert Cline, a booming, melodramatic score by Charles Dunworth, and game acting from a solid cast Glenn Strange in particular contributes an amiable performance as Bradford's clumsy, cowardly, oafish assistant Andy while Charlie Middleton registers strongly as a jerky ramrod sheriff , this wittily enjoyable Grade B mystery thriller potboiler delivers a reasonable amount of cheap thrills.
A fun little quickie. MartinHafer 15 September This is a cheap B-movie made by a very small studio, PRC. It stars George Zucco--the King of low-budget suspense and horror films of the s. While most every film he starred in for PRC and other poverty row studios were terribly written and had cheap sets and actors, he managed good performances. Plus, while often silly, these films really were a lot of fun.
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Apparently old George is a criminal known to the forces of the underworld as "The Raven". You'd think with such a cool name he'd be sort of like Blofeld or Dr. Evil, but this is a kinder, gentler sort of villain to paraphrase George W. While a crook, he's a decent sort of crook--with a strong sense of justice. The weather is awful and bridges have washed away, so several travelers seek refuge George's inn his legitimate cover. Some of them are crooks themselves such as an embezzler who just happens to come there on his way across the border to Canada , a couple are running off to Canada to marry because her father is a jerk who won't give consent and, finally, the father arrives.
Eventually, there is a murder and the nice man who is running away with the lady is accused. Here's where it gets odd. Like I said, he's a kindler, gentler sort of crook! Overall, this is a very good film despite its poor pedigree. The plot is tight, the acting in addition to Zucco is very nice and it's a surprisingly good B-movie.
Well worth seeing--even with a very unusual characterization by the Zucc-Meister! If you pay careful attention to David Chudnow's music, "The Black Raven" qualifies as more comical than creepy. Based on Myton's original screenplay, "The Black Raven" is a formulaic but polished potboiler with clever dialogue and strong performances.
Amazingly, this Producer's Releasing Corporation B-movie is a respectably done programmer that preserves the unities of time, place, and setting to a single evening. The casting of Glenn Strange and Charles Middleton is worth mentioning. Better known as Frankenstein's monster in "House of Frankenstein" , "House of Dracula" , and "Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein" , Strange plays an over-sized simpleton who doesn't know his own strength and behaves like a coward when he trips over two corpses.
Furthermore, this represents one of Strange's more loquacious characters. A variety of motley characters show up one night during a thunderous downpour at Amos Bradford's Black Raven Inn. Bradford George Zucco, who played Professor Moriarty in "The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes" is a rather suspicious character himself who specializes in smuggling felons across the border into Canada.
Cole I. Stanford Jolley of "Ghost of Zorro" has broken out of prison and wanted to exact revenge on Bradford. Andy ties Cole up and stashes him in Bradford's room. Cole believes that Bradford double-crossed him.
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Bradford defends his behavior. Bardoni wants to get across the border before the law catches up with him. There is a hilarious moment when Weatherby argues with a roadblock watchman Jimmy Aubrey of "Swamp Woman" during the storm about when the bridge to Canada will be rebuilt. When he arrives at the motel, Weatherby clutches a satchel for dear life and arouses Bardoni's curiosity.
As he is registering, Weatherby neglects the satchel for a split-second and Bardoni knocks it off the counter and presto it falls open and wads of bills can be seen. Lee's father has thwarted their efforts to obtain a marriage license.
The last guest to show up is none other than infamous Tim Winfield, and he calls up the state police about the same time that the storm knocks out the telephone lines. Not long afterward, Andy discovers Winfield's body, but they cannot find the loot.
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When the sheriff Charlie Middleton shows up about 34 minutes into this 65 minute opus, the lawman arrests Allen Bentley because Lee's father had slapped Bentley in the presence of both Bradford and Andy. Bradford steadfastly refuses to believe that Bentley killed Tim Winfield. Clearly, Bentley couldn't have killed Bardoni. George Zucco plays a sinister character, but he spends most of his time defending young Bentley. This is one of Zucco's more sympathetic villains and the actor anchors this melodrama with his commanding presence.
Sam Newfield handles the complicated Myton plot with aplomb. Rarely does a moment go by without some important bit of business being inserted into the action. Despite its low-budget origins, "The Black Raven" ranks as a well-written yarn. Just about everybody is implicated in Winfield's murder. The revelation of Winfield's killer comes as something of a shock because of all the red herrings and the meticulous characterization. Newfield likes to let one character speak and show another character's reaction so that he can throw you off the scent of the guilty party.
Poetic justice is served in the long run.
Altogether, this underrated romp is pretty good considering its meager budget. Has the spirit of this movie been reborn? If you have a taste for old B-movie mysteries, this film will interest you.
It delivers a good moody atmosphere with great shots of down-pouring rain, dark cellars and interesting characters. Various groups of people all become stranded at a spooky motel after a rain storm has closed the local highways leading out. A great cast of veteran actors make this little mystery worth watching. George Zucco is at his B-movie best. Glenn Strange gives us some good comedy relief.
Plus, there is not much cheesy over-acting that you sometimes find in low budget movies.
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