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Loves of Edgar Allan Poe
     

The Loves of Edgar Allan Poe

Director: Harry Lachman,

Cast: Harry Lachman, John Shepperd, Shepperd Strudwick, Linda Darnell

 
John Shepperd, later known as Shepperd Strudwick, stars as the tragic Edgar Allan Poe in this low-budget biopic. Adopted as a child, Poe grows into a directionless adult, disgracing himself and his foster family through his inability (or unwillingness) to conform to the status quo of 19th century

Overview

John Shepperd, later known as Shepperd Strudwick, stars as the tragic Edgar Allan Poe in this low-budget biopic. Adopted as a child, Poe grows into a directionless adult, disgracing himself and his foster family through his inability (or unwillingness) to conform to the status quo of 19th century Baltimore. Devastated by the loss of his childhood sweetheart, Elmira Royster (Virginia Gilmore), he finds solace in his marriage to his cousin Virginia Clemm (Linda Darnell). Poe's blossoming literary reputation, and the stability of his private life, are ultimately done in by his addiction to alcohol and drugs. Sixty-seven minutes simply isn't enough time to do justice to this fascinating, complex individual, but everyone involved tries hard.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Nathan Southern
If nothing else, this blink-and-it's-over B-budget Fox programmer offers an adequate surface-level digest of Edgar Allan Poe's (John Shepperd) grim life and a Psych 101 analysis of why his work instantly became so morbid and macabre. It may not run deep (an understatement), but it goes down easily, like baby food; it feels like a visualization of a two-paragraph-long bio of Poe from the Encyclopaedia Britannica, replete with an "explanatory" voice-over to fill in narrative gaps (that it took the work of two writers is astonishing). Director Harry Lachman nonetheless retains an instinct for using shallow melodrama to keep viewers hooked; approach it without expectations, and it never sinks below the level of eminently watchable. The pic's oddest aspect: its tendency to touch on more controversial developments in Poe's life sans cocking an eyebrow -- it showcases Poe's guileless marriage to his cousin Virginia Clemm (Linda Darnell) and all but openly declares Poe's incestuous love for his foster mother, France Allan (Mary Howard), without objection. The ill-fated Darnell was never as celebrated for her thesp abilities as for her fashion-model looks; she and the ravishing starlet Virginia Gilmore (as Poe's childhood sweetheart, Elmira Royster) provide Lachman and his cinematographer, Lucien Andriot, with glossy window dressing, but little more.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/16/2013
UPC:
0024543863311
Original Release:
1942
Rating:
NR
Source:
Fox Mod
Presentation:
[B&W, Full Frame]
Time:
1:07:00
Sales rank:
15,677

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
John Shepperd Edgar Allan Poe (as an adult)
Shepperd Strudwick Edgar Allan Poe
Linda Darnell Virginia Clemm
Jane Darwell Mrs. Clemm
Virginia Gilmore Elmira Royster
Mary Howard France Allan
Frank Conroy John Allan
Henry Morgan Ebenezer Burling
Walter Kingsford T.W. White
Morris Ankrum Mr. Graham
Roy "Skippy" Wanders Poe, Age 3
Freddie Mercer Poe, age 12
Erville Alderson Schoolmaster
Peggy McIntyre Elmira, age 10
Frank Melton Turner Dixon
Morton Lowry Charles Dickens
Gilbert Emery Thomas Jefferson
Francis Ford Tavern Keeper
Harry Denny Kennedy
Hardie Albright Shelton
William Blakewell Pleasants
Jan Clayton Poe's Young Mother
Alec Craig Printer
Mae Marsh Mrs. Phillips
Arthur Shields Somes, the Proctor
Edwin Stanley Dr. Moran
Leon Tyler Boy

Technical Credits
Harry Lachman Director
Fred Allen Editor
Lucien Andriot Cinematographer
Art Caesar Screenwriter
Richard Day Art Director
Bryan Foy Executive Producer
Samuel Hoffenstein Screenwriter
Nathan Juran Art Director
Emil Newman Musical Direction/Supervision
Tom Reed Screenwriter

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