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Haldane of the Secret Service (1923)

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Heath Haldane (Houdini) tracks down a vicious gang of counterfeiters, narrowly missing death several times. He must rescue Adele Ormsby, whom he loves despite her pending marriage.

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Heath Haldane (as Houdini)
Gladys Leslie ...
Adele Ormsby
William Humphrey ...
Edward Ormsby (as Wm. Humphrey)
Richard Carlyle ...
Joe Ivors (as Richard Carlysle)
Edward Boulden ...
Raoul Usher
Jane Jennings ...
Mrs. Clive Usher
Charles Fang ...
Ah Ling (as Chas. Fang)
Myrtle Morse ...
Andrea Drayton
Irving Brooks ...
Bruce Drayton
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Heath Haldane (Houdini) tracks down a vicious gang of counterfeiters, narrowly missing death several times. He must rescue Adele Ormsby, whom he loves despite her pending marriage.

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Of interest only to Houdini fans

Much weaker than the more widely seen Houdini movie "The Man From Beyond." In this one, Houdini is a Secret Service agent on the trail of international counterfeiters. Houdini has a star's intensity on the screen, but the story is confused and badly told, and horribly melodramatic. The one escape sequence is reasonably good, but otherwise Houdini mostly delivers dialog or engages in unconvincing fisticuffs with bunches of extras, neither of which show him off to advantage. The film has a rather unpleasant "yellow peril" theme and thuggish Caucasian actors done up in "Chinese" makeup, which is somewhat offset by a heroic Chinese actor in a secondary role.

Rarely screened, not available on video, and thus not easy to see.


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