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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Cast overview:
Oliver Haddo
Firmin Gémier ...
Dr. Porhoët
Dr. Arthur Burdon
Gladys Hamer ...
Susie Boyd
Henry Wilson ...
Haddo's Servant
Hubert I. Stowitts ...
Dancing Faun (as Stowitts)


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 <>

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She had given her heart to the man who had saved her. Then, into her life, stalked the evil, half-mad seeker of mysteries. Powerless under his spell, she forgot the man who loved her. (original ad) See more »


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24 October 1926 (USA)  »

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Der Dämon  »

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15 March 2010 | by See all my reviews

First time on TCM,so I was curious to see this old "svengali" type film.The name alone was intriguing "The Magician".What I found was a totally intact silent of the best quality.The Villain in the picture plays it to the hilt,in somewhat cartooned expressions,but always creepy and interesting.The backdrop of Paris is of interest as are the colour sequences.The clothing in this film are especially attractive as is the well groomed cast.I was captivated from start to finish,what a treat to see a silent as it should be.The acting was wonderful from all,even though I had never heard of these particular actors before.I am a lover of old horror films and this really fit the bill.Enjoyed the castle,and early special effects.

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