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The Magician (1926)

Passed | | Drama, Fantasy, Horror | 24 October 1926 (USA)
A magician/alchemist, seeking to create life, finds that he needs the "blood of a virgin" to continue his experiments. He sends out his dwarf assistant to pick out the right girl.

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Oliver Haddo
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Dr. Porhoët
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A young girl, Margaret Dauncey, is caught between the forces of a charlatan magician, Oliver Haddo, whom she is unable to resist,and the love of a young surgeon, Arthur Burdon, who has saved her from being a helpless cripple by performing a delicate operation on her spine which startled the medical world. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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THEY FOUGHT FOR A GIRL'S SOUL! (original poster - all caps) See more »


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At the time this movie was filmed, the leading lady, Alice Terry was married to director, Rex Ingram. They had previously gotten married, four years earlier, while filming "The Prisoner of Zenda" (1922). See more »

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Haddo's Library Book: The Creation of human Beings by Alchemistry has been accomplished by means of this formula. These Ingredients must be kept at a Temperature of 115 Degrees fahrenheit; to them add the heart Blood of a Maiden. After this is done the first Signs of Life will be observed.
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Really good...and a lot like "Svengali" and "Frankenstein" combined.
17 March 2016 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

This is a very good silent film that still hold up very well today. When the film begins, Margaret (Alice Terry) is terribly injured--so badly she's paralyzed. However, Dr. Burdon (Iván Petrovich) performs surgery on her and she is healed. They soon fall in love and life looks grand. However, Oliver Haddo (Paul Wegener) sees her and instantly is smitten with her. Using his evil magical powers, he's able to pull her to him despite he loving the Doctor. However, he's not taking her because he loves her...nope. He's planning on using her for a human sacrifice in order to act like a Dr. Frankenstein and prove he can raise the dead!! Can Dr. Burdon rescue his love before it's too late?

This is a good film...very tense and exciting. Wegener (the German actor who starred in "The Golem") was excellent as the powerful madman and the film, though melodramatic, avoids going overboard like some films of the era thanks to good direction by Rex Ingram....Terry's real life husband.


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