The Raven

1935

A wealthy judge coaxes the brilliant but eccentric neurological surgeon Dr. Vollin (Lugosi), who also has an obsessive penchant for Edgar Allen Poe, out of retirement to save the life of his daughter, a dancer crippled and brain damaged in an auto wreck. Vollin restores her completely, but also envisions her as his "Lenore," and cooks up a scheme to kidnap the woman and torture and kill her fiance' and father in his Poe-inspired dungeon. To do his dirty work, Vollin recruits a wanted criminal (Karloff), and turns him into a hideous monster to guarantee his subservience.
Cast:
Boris Karloff .... Edmond Bateman
Bela Lugosi .... Dr. Richard Vollin
Lester Matthews .... Dr. Jerry Halden
Irene Ware .... Jean Thatcher
Samuel S. Hinds .... Judge Thatcher
Spencer Charters .... Geoffrey
Inez Courtney .... Mary Burns
Ian Wolfe .... Colonel Bertram Grant
Maidel Turner .... Mrs. Harriet Grant

 

Irene Ware

Irene Ahlberg was born November 6, 1910 in Pelham, NY Sge was crowned Miss America of 1926. The lovely auburn-haired Irene Ware signed a contract with Fox in 1932. She appeared in a variety of roles including Rendezvous at Midnight (1935), but is best remembered as the imperiled heroines of Chandu the Magician (1934) and The Raven (1935), both starring Bela Lugosi. Ware was also the leading lady of such programmers as The Dark Hour (1936) and Federal Agent (1936). Iren died on March 11, 1993 in Santa Ana, California.