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The Magician (I) (1926)

Passed  -  Drama | Fantasy | Horror  -  24 October 1926 (USA)
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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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Margaret Dauncey
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Oliver Haddo, the magician
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Dr. Arthur Burdon
Firmin Gémier ...
Dr. Porhoet
Gladys Hamer ...
Susie Boyd
Henry Wilson ...
Haddo's Servant
Hubert I. Stowitts ...
Dancing Faun (as Stowitts)
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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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Both my thumbs are up for this one
15 March 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Practically every element of this film holds up very well here in the twenty-first century, eighty-four years after the movie was made - the writing, the casting, the directing (and art direction), the photography (both indoor and outdoor), the "costumes" and "sets" (really, the fashions and architecture of the era were a captivating delight), and most of the acting. I say "most" because the only thing that seemed dated in this post-feminist era was the woe-is-me attitude of the hapless heroine.

Particularly well-cast in terms of "looking the part" were the two male leads, both protagonist and antagonist. (After all, these were not speaking parts, so look was of high importance.)

Surprisingly enjoyable were some quite subtle, non-intrusive comedic tension-breakers by peripheral characters, including some clever silent movie sight gags.

The main recommendation I can make for seeing this film, however, is the clarity of the photography, both for the close-ups, and for some wonderful outdoor set pieces.


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