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The Mad Magician (1954)

Unrated | | Horror, Thriller, Mystery | 19 May 1954 (USA)
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
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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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The first movie to be broadcast on television in 3-D. See more »

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When the mad magician is performing on stage and about to appear the girl from the table, you can see the magicians cape reflect in the mirrors that are hiding the girl around the legs of the table. See more »

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Frank Prentiss: Good luck on your murder. Oh, I say,
[takes out a newspaper]
Frank Prentiss: there was a very nice one in the Fall River thing. The killer used an axe and...
Alice Prentiss: Oh no no, don't tell me now, Frank, save it.
Frank Prentiss: I shall.
[leaves the room]
Alice Prentiss: Oh, Frank! Do they know who did it?
Frank Prentiss: Know who... oh no no, some neighbors saw him, but he was wearing a mask.
Alice Prentiss: [writing, narrating] His impersonation of the man he had killed was perfect. The mask he wore was equally perfect. Another face that fitted him like an outer skin. Thin as tissue ...
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One of Vincent Price's most underrated films...
25 August 2012 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

And I do think undeservedly. It is too short perhaps, and a lot of the support characters are rather colourless especially compared to Gallico. However, while the revenge story has been done before many times it is still interesting here with not a dull moment. There are some very suspenseful moments and Gallico's means of revenge are sadistic. The crematorium climax is the meaning of edge-of-your-seat, and the buzz saw that isn't scene is also very memorable. The Mad Magician does look good, the sets are both beautiful and wonderfully macabre. The 3D effects are not as great as those of House of Wax, but still better than a lot of the mostly soulless effects we have nowadays. They do enhance what is going on on screen and apart from a couple that are a little weird often to thrilling effect. Of the supporting turns the best were Eva Gabor, a beautiful woman who plays a character with no redeeming qualities with no sense of blandness or holding back, and Donald Randolph, who is wonderfully sleazy as Ormond. Best of all again is Price, whose presence is genuinely fearsome yet the audience also garners sympathy for him, the sort of role that Price really excelled at. Overall, I like it very much and think it deserves more attention than it gets. 8/10 Bethany Cox


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