MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Up 30,560 this week

Houdini (1953)

 -  Biography | Drama  -  2 July 1953 (USA)
6.8
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 6.8/10 from 1,892 users  
Reviews: 30 user | 13 critic

The spectacular but tragically short career of magician and illusionist Harry Houdini whose tricks defied explanation and safety.

Director:

Writers:

(screenplay), (book)
0Check in
0Share...

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 38 titles
created 25 Sep 2011
 
a list of 1200 titles
created 08 Feb 2012
 
a list of 44 titles
created 07 Mar 2013
 
a list of 237 titles
created 10 Mar 2013
 

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Houdini (1953)

Houdini (1953) on IMDb 6.8/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Houdini.

User Polls

Videos

Photos

Edit

Cast

Complete credited cast:
...
...
Torin Thatcher ...
Otto
Angela Clarke ...
Harry's Mother
...
German Prosecuting Attorney
...
Malue
Sig Ruman ...
Schultz
...
Dooley
Connie Gilchrist ...
Mrs. Shultz
Malcolm Lee Beggs ...
British Jail Warden
Frank Orth ...
Mr. Hunter
Barry Bernard ...
Insp. Marlick
Douglas Spencer ...
Simms
Edit

Storyline

The amazing career of master magician Harry Houdini is presented from his beginnings with a carnival "wild man" act to his emergence as an internationally-acclaimed illusionist, From his dramatic escape from a locked safe under the frozen Detroit River to an even more improbable one from a locked cell in Scotland Yard, he never failed to please and astound his audiences. Although Houdini's tricks are achieved through his marvelous physical dexterity and innate sleight-of-hand, he courted death with the hazardous illusions he performed and his compulsive quest to make contact with the spirit world. Written by duke1029@aol.com

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Biography | Drama

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

2 July 1953 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Houdini  »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Recording)

Color:

(Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

'Ernö Verebes'' last film before retirement. See more »

Goofs

When the Houdinis and the reporter are being driven to the séance, the same rear projection loop is continually run in the car's back window, repeatedly showing the same background traffic, with the splice where the loop begins plainly visible each time. See more »

Quotes

Bess Houdini: [to Houdini] Audiences are never satisfied. They love you for th moment you please them.
See more »

Connections

Referenced in Mau Mau Sex Sex (2001) See more »

Soundtracks

Künstlerleben, Op. 316 (Artist's Life)
(uncredited)
Music by Johann Strauß
Played when Houdini performs his milk trick
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Curtis Gives Another Good Performance
7 October 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Tony Curtis is almost always good in whomever he plays, and he was fascinating in here as the famous magician "Harry Houdini." Curtis had a number of good roles in his prime. Speaking of "prime," Janet Leigh didn't look too bad in her prime, either: a very pretty lady.

I don't know how accurate this biography was, but I do know that this movie should have been longer. I usually say the opposite about films, but in this case, I would like to have seen more details about his life and death. His failure to communicate with dead - Houdini's misguided belief - wasn't discussed much.

I guess there were a couple of more modern-day films on Houdini, but they must not have been anything much since I never heard about them. Too bad, because a good re-make of this movie might be something to see.


18 of 22 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
On DVD yet? ROBAK
Name of Hungarian Waltz? qwiggly
Detroit River daryavaush
what is the name of he song when the curtain opens 4 underwater trick ? steel_reign_2020
Most inaccurate biography ever? sbere
Legal Charges Against Houdini pkryder-1
Discuss Houdini (1953) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?