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A middle-aged magician is in love with his beautiful young assistant. She, on the other hand, is in love with the magician's young protege, who turns out to be a bum and a thief.


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Cast overview:
Erik the Great
Leslie Fenton ...
Fred MacKaye ...
Mark Royce
Gusztáv Pártos ...
Theatre Manager (as Gustav Paros)
William H. Turner ...
Booking Agent
Anders Randolf ...
Sam De Grasse ...
District Attorney
Defense Attorney


A middle-aged magician is in love with his beautiful young assistant. She, on the other hand, is in love with the magician's young protege, who turns out to be a bum and a thief.

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Drama | Horror | Romance





Release Date:

13 October 1929 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Erik the Great  »

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Sound System) (talking sequences)|

Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
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Conrad the Great
11 December 2001 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Often termed a horror film (due to it's background of stage magic) this is really a tale of thwarted love. Conrad Veidt excels as the kindly Erik the Great who finds his soon to be bride has fallen in love with one of his assistants. The discovery scene is a superb piece of acting from Veidt, as he shifts from shock to heartbreak, struggling to be magnanimous, and then gradually to cold calculation with the subtlest changes of expression.

These moments and a dynamic trial scene elevate what is otherwise an okay backstage melodrama into a truly compelling tale of jealousy and redemption. Palo Fejos, director of the wonderful "Lonesome", injects some stylish visuals.

The version I've seen is a truncated and mute print of 48 minutes, so I may have missed some of the film's finer points.

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