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The Mad Magician (1954)

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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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Complete credited cast:
Don Gallico / Gallico the Great
Mary Murphy ...
Karen Lee
Claire Ormond
John Emery ...
The Great Rinaldi
Donald Randolph ...
Ross Ormond
Lenita Lane ...
Alice Prentiss
Lt. Alan Bruce
Jay Novello ...
Frank Prentiss


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 <>

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mask | murder | disguise | magic | theremin | See more »


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Release Date:

19 May 1954 (USA)  »

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(Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.75 : 1
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The first movie to be broadcast on television in 3-D. See more »


When Don (Price) is knocked onto the belt leading to the crematorium his position changes. See more »


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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Referenced in Thriller (1983) See more »

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Typical Vincent Price
2 June 2000 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The wronged artist is the theme of so many revenge horror movies. Going back to "The Phantom of the Opera," the unjustly maimed or wronged bring vengeance to their adversaries. No one could look more pained when victimized than Vincent Price. He is the master of the hang dog expression. In this one, he is a magician and master of high tech disguises (for the time) who has sold his talents to another man, seemingly for the rest of his life. When he decides to freelance and do his own magic show, his contract is waved in his face. Not only that, but the man who owns him also stole his wife years before. So there is even more bitterness brewing. The plan becomes to get rid of all the people who wronged him, then, through the use of clever masks, keep the people alive by impersonating them. He even "becomes" one of the great magicians of the world, showing his incredible talent. This is a silly, unbelievable movie. But who cares. I don't think I'll get it mixed up with Schindler's List. The hardest thing to swallow was why these two successful men had anything to do with Eva Gabor and why the Vincent Price character could have cared less when she ran off. She has no redeeming qualities in the movie other than her beauty, and that is so flamboyant and self centered, who cares. Every time Vincent Price was in disguise, it was easy to see who it was. Nevertheless, I've always loved Vincent's mugging from his Roger Corman films to "The Last Man on Earth." I liked the way he said "Crematorium." Why, exactly, does it have an automatic pilot that sends the body into the flames if it is not activated within a certain period of time? There is also a subplot with a mystery writer and her husband who bumble their ways into the plot. If you like the campy world of Price, watch it on the late show.

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