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The Black Raven

USA 1943
produced by
Sigmund Neufeld for PRC
directed by Sam Newfield
starring George Zucco, Glenn Strange, Charles Middleton, Robert Livingston (as Robert Randall), Wanda McKay, Noel Madison, Byron Foulger, Robert Middlemass, I.Stanford Jolley
screenplay by Fred Myton, cinematography by Robert E.Cline

review by
Mike Haberfelner

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Many a B-horror-pic made by a small studio like Monogram or PRC is undeservedly neglected by the snotty critics just because it's a B-horror-pic made by a small studio like Monogram or PRC. This is however not the case with this one, this one did vane into obscurity & it might be best left there (not that it is particularly bad, it's just ... rather boring). The somewhat muddled script concerns many sinister persons taking refuge from a storm in a roadhouse owned by George Zucco. & as these Old-Dark-House-tales go, the first murder soon occurs ...

 

Horror faves Glenn Strange & Charles Middleton play a dimwitted handyman & an inept sheriff respectively, the heroics are handled by Bob Livingston (as Robert Randall, his birth-name actually), who by the way was more famous for his Western roles, having handled both Zorro (The Bold Caballero) & the Lone Ranger (The Lone Ranger Rides Again) at Republic as well as their (original) Stony Brooks of the 3 Mesquiteers (in an incredible 29-picture-run) plus he played the second Lone Rider here at PRC (6 movies, all co-starring Fuzzy  Al St.John). Much later Livingston would appear in cult faves The Naughty Stewardesses & Blazing Stewardesses.

Zucco & Strange also appeared in PRC's much better The Mad Monster the previous year, also directed by Sam Newfield.

review © by Mike Haberfelner

 

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