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Houdini (1953)

 -  Biography | Drama  -  2 July 1953 (USA)
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The spectacular but tragically short career of magician and illusionist Harry Houdini whose tricks defied explanation and safety.

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Harry's Mother
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German Prosecuting Attorney
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Malue
Sig Ruman ...
Schultz
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Dooley
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Mr. Hunter
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Douglas Spencer ...
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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

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El gran Houdini  »

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Trivia

A talented amateur magician, Tony Curtis performed most of his own tricks in this film. See more »

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There's a revealing jump cut in the authentic sawing-woman-in-half act. See more »

Quotes

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

Featured in Ta diodia: Episode #1.3 (1988) See more »

Soundtracks

An der schönen, blauen Donau (On the Beautiful Blue Danube), Op. 314
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Music by Johann Strauß
Played when Houdini performs the rope and saw stunt
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Tony Curtis as the great performer, in a fine film for everyone...
27 October 1998 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

..since he is and has been an amateur magician, Curtis was perfect to portray Houdini, the master magician and above all.. the master escape artist! A beautiful technicolor film that has the atmosphere of vaudeville and showbiz of the day, it invokes the mystery of the great showman's lifestyle and his unusual death on Halloween. Janet Leigh,as Houdini's wife, Bess, adds to the fun... and for those that love magic and magicians, this will satisfy you. The early life, the escapes from ropes, chains and jail cells the world-over, from the icy waters of rivers and lakes, it is all here. Slicked up naturally not so much to educate us, but to entertain.. ...!


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