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The Mad Magician (1954)

Unrated  |   |  Horror, Thriller, Mystery  |  19 May 1954 (USA)
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A master magician murders his greedy employer, who legally owns every trick he can invent, and finds himself having to kill again.

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Don Gallico / Gallico the Great
Mary Murphy ...
Karen Lee
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Claire Ormond
John Emery ...
The Great Rinaldi
Donald Randolph ...
Ross Ormond
Lenita Lane ...
Alice Prentiss
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Lt. Alan Bruce
Jay Novello ...
Frank Prentiss
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Don Gallico is a master at designing magical illusions which are sold by his employer, Mr. Ormond, to famous magicians such as Rinaldi. He is also a master of disguise and realistic mask design. When Don embarks upon his own career as Gallico the Great, showcasing his own masterful illusions, his dreams are shattered by Ormond and he turns to murder to vent his frustrations. Written by Jeff Hole <jeffhole@aol.com>

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19 May 1954 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Máscara do Mágico  »

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The first movie to be broadcast on television in 3-D. See more »

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The magic tricks on the shelf, in the studio, change in different shots. See more »

Quotes

The Great Rinaldi: [about Ormond] You had every reason to hate him. What did you do with him, Gallico? How did you get rid of it?
[Don's crematorium]
The Great Rinaldi: Was this thing already built and hidden away, waiting for a job like that?
Don Gallico: Ormond was seen alive two weeks ago, The Prentisses identified him.
The Great Rinaldi: That didn't have to be him.
Don Gallico: Who else could it have been?
The Great Rinaldi: It could have been you, Gallico. From what Ormond told me you are a clever man, developed a wonderful new makeup, something new in the theater. Something that might be ...
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Vincent Price turns to murder to protect his magic act...
31 October 2010 | by (U.S.A.) – See all my reviews

The only ingredient missing in this VINCENT PRICE tale of horror is Technicolor which might have provided even more interest in this murderous tale of a magician who kills in order to protect his inventive magic act.

First to go is a partner with whom he has a violent argument and is given the buzz saw treatment. Then, JOHN EMERY, a rival magician who is foolish enough to steal from Price and threatens to reveal what he knows about the death of Price's partner. Emery has a grand time matching his scene stealing tricks with Price.

Skillfully directed by John Brahm, a section of the film dealing with the bonfire is reminiscent of a similar moment from Brahm's HANGOVER SQUARE when Laird Cregar delivers the body of a woman to be consumed by fire.

Acting is uniformly excellent and the script moves at a fast pace under Brahm's direction. Once again, Vincent Price delivers a first-rate performance in a shuddery role. The suspenseful moments lead to an edge of your seat climax involving a crematorium device.


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