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The Loves of Edgar Allan Poe Details


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. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi


Shepperd Strudwick
as Edgar Allan Poe
Linda Darnell
as Virginia Clemm
Jane Darwell
as Mrs. Clemm
Virginia Gilmore
as Elmira Royster
Frank Conroy
as John Allan
Walter Kingsford
as T.W. White
Morris Ankrum
as Mr. Graham
Erville Alderson
as Schoolmaster
Frank Melton
as Turner Dixon
Morton Lowry
as Charles Dickens
Gilbert Emery
as Thomas Jefferson
Francis Ford
as Tavern Keeper
Harry Denny
as Kennedy
Hardie Albright
as Shelton
Leon Tyler
as Boy
Mae Marsh
as Mrs. Phillips
Arthur Shields
as Somes, the Proctor
Jan Clayton
as Poe's Young Mother
Edwin Stanley
as Dr. Moran
Alec Craig
as Printer


Harry Lachman
Bryan Foy
Samuel Hoffenstein
Lucien Andriot
Emil Newman
Musical Direction/Supervision
Fred Allen
Nathan Juran
Art Director
Richard Day
Art Director
Bryan Foy
Executive Producer