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Free Afternoon Movie

Free Afternoon Movie

Tuesday, June 18
2:00pm to 4:00pm
Mary J. Benson Branch


June 18   The Raven (1963) 1 hr 26 min.

In this tongue-in-cheek movie inspired by Edgar Allan Poe’s poem, Dr. Craven (Vincent Price) is the son of a great sorcerer (now dead) who was once himself quite skilled at that profession, but has since abandoned it. One evening, a cowardly fool of a magician named Bedlo (Peter Lorre) comes to Craven for help: the evil Scarabus (Boris Karloff) has turned him into a raven and he needs someone to change him back. He tells the reluctant wizard that Craven’s long-lost wife Lenore (Hazel Court), whom Craven loved greatly and thought dead, is living with the despised Scarabus.

Jack Nicholson, who played Bedlo’s son, said the raven pooped on everyone, but especially liked to poop on him: "I would look down when the Raven flew off my shoulder, and it would be covered in poop. I hated that bird." Lorre and Jack Nicholson were fond of ad-libbing their lines, much to the annoyance of Boris Karloff, who stuck to the script.