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The comedy of terrors : The raven / Metro Goldwyn Mayer ; American International Pictures ; Alta Vista Productions ; James H. Nicholson and Samuel Z. Arkoff present ; screenplay, Richard Matheson.

Format Video (DVD)
Edition[Widescreen presentation].
Publication InfoSanta Monica, CA : MGM Home Entertainment, ©2003.
Description1 videodisc (approximately 83 min., approximately 86 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Subject(s)
Other author/creatorArkoff, Samuel Z., 1918-2001.
Other author/creatorNicholson, James H., 1916-1972.
Other author/creatorTourneur, Jacques, 1904-1977.
Other author/creatorCorman, Roger, 1926-
Other author/creatorMatheson, Richard, 1926-2013.
Other author/creatorBaxter, Les, 1922-1996.
Other author/creatorPrice, Vincent, 1911-1993.
Other author/creatorLorre, Peter.
Other author/creatorKarloff, Boris, 1887-1969.
Other author/creatorJameson, Joyce, 1932-1987.
Other author/creatorBrown, Joe E. (Joe Evan), 1892-1973.
Other author/creatorRathbone, Basil, 1892-1967.
Other author/creatorNicholson, Jack.
Other author/creatorPoe, Edgar Allan, 1809-1849. Raven.
Other author/creatorOrion Pictures.
Other author/creatorMGM Home Entertainment Inc.
Other author/creatorAmerican International Pictures (Firm)
Other author/creatorAlta Vista Film Productions, Ltd.
Other title Raven
Variant title Title at end of second feature : Edgar Allan Poe's The raven
Series MGM presents Midnite movies, Double feature
MGM presents Midnite movies. ^A516277
Contents Side A: Comedy of terrors (ca. 83 min.) -- Special features: 'Richard Matheson Storyteller: The comedy of terrors' [featurette] (ca. 10 min.) -- original theatrical trailer ; Side B: The Raven (ca. 86 min.) -- Special features: 'Richard Matheson Storyteller: The raven' [featurette] (ca. 7 min.) -- 'Corman's comedy of Poe' [featurette] (ca. 8 min.) -- Promotional record [audio with still photos] (ca. 6 min.) -- original theatrical trailer.
Abstract Comedy of Terrors: The Hinchley and Trumbull Funeral Parlor is on the verge of financial ruin. Hinchley, 92 years old and senile, had entrusted the business to his lazy, drunken son-in-law, Trumbull. To make matters worse, their landlord is now threatening to evict them. Forced to act, Trumbull devises a murderous scheme that will drum up new "customers" and pay back his landlord at the same time.
Abstract Raven: Based on the poem by Edgar Allan Poe. Craven is visited one night by a talking raven and learns that it is really his fellow magician, Dr. Bedlo, who has been transformed into a bird by the evil Scarabus. The raven further unravels the devious scheme of Craven's wife, who has tricked her husband into believing her dead so she could desert him for the comforts of Scarabus' wealth and power.
General noteBoth films originally released as motion pictures in 1963.
CreditsComedy of Terrors: Directed by Jacques Tourneur ; director of photography, Floyd Crosby ; music by Les Baxter ; film editor, Anthony Carras.
CreditsRaven: Produced and directed by Roger Corman ; music by Les Baxter ; director of photography, Floyd Crosby ; film editor, Ronald Sinclair.
Cast Comedy of Terrors: Vincent Price, Peter Lorre, Boris Karloff, Joyce Jameson, Joe E. Brown, Basil Rathbone, Rhubarb the Cat.
Cast Raven: Vincent Price, Peter Lorre, Boris Karloff, Hazel Court, Olive Sturgess, Jack Nicholson.
Spec. audience char. Neither film was rated by MPAA.
Technical detailsDVD.
LanguageBoth films: English dialogue ; optional English, French, or Spanish subtitles; closed captioned.
Genre/formFeature films.
Genre/formHorror films.
Genre/formCrime films.
Genre/formFiction films.
Genre/formDark comedy films.
Genre/formThrillers (Motion pictures)
Genre/formVideo recordings for the hearing impaired.
Genre/formB films.
Genre/formFilm adaptations.
ISBN0792857496
ISBN9780792857495
Publisher number4005411 MGM Home Entertainment

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