The Loves of Edgar Allan Poe

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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

Cast

Shepperd Strudwick
as Edgar Allan Poe
Linda Darnell
as Virginia Clemm
Jane Darwell
as Mrs. Clemm
Virginia Gilmore
as Elmira Royster
Mary Howard
as France Allan
Frank Conroy
as John Allan
Walter Kingsford
as T.W. White
Morris Ankrum
as Mr. Graham
Freddie Mercer
as Poe, age 12
Erville Alderson
as Schoolmaster
Peggy McIntyre
as Elmira, age 10
Frank Melton
as Turner Dixon
Morton Lowry
as Charles Dickens
Gilbert Emery
as Thomas Jefferson
Francis Ford
as Tavern Keeper
Harry Denny
as Kennedy
Jan Clayton
as Poe's Young Mother
Alec Craig
as Printer
Mae Marsh
as Mrs. Phillips
Arthur Shields
as Somes, the Proctor
Edwin Stanley
as Dr. Moran
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