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Edgar Allan Poe's poem "The Raven" first appeared in book form in The Raven and Other Poems (Nov 1845). Contemporary reviews claimed that the film was based not only on the title source, but also on Poe's "The Pit and the Pendulum," "Buried Alive," "The Gold Bug" and other tales. The New York Times review remarked, however, that it took "amazing effrontery" for Universal to claim that the film was inspired by Poe's classic short stories, as the plot resembled none. Louis Friedlander, who shortly after the release of this film changed his name to Lew Landers, made his feature directing debut with The Raven, after having made five serials. "The Raven" was adapted in 1963 by American International Pictures, with Roger Corman directing Vincent Price, Peter Lorre and Boris Karloff (see AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1961-70; F6.4029).