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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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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 ...
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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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3D THRILL! Fuel for the human bonfire! See more »


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19 May 1954 (USA)  »

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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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When Don (Price) is knocked onto the belt leading to the crematorium his position changes. 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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The Wonderful Price
31 October 2013 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

The Mad Magician (1954)

*** (out of 4)

Vincent Price followed his success in HOUSE OF WAX with this horror thriller. He plays Don Gallico, a masterful creator of magic tricks who is double crossed by his boss and kills him. He eventually takes the dead man's identity but when the police start to investigate he must commit one murder after another trying to cover his tracks. THE MAD MAGICIAN was originally released in 3D and there are a lot of objects flying towards the screen and even when you view the film flat it's still easy to see that the effects are in good nature and appear to be fun. The movie itself is quite fun from start to finish and a lot of credit has to go to the wonderful Vincent Price. He was such a wonderful actor and his great performance made him a perfect fit for the genre. His soft-spoken nature he just makes you really love his character and made you feel sorry for him once the boss rips him off. Even after he starts murdering people you can't help but wish there's some way for him to get out of it. These added feelings for the character would be missing with so many other actors but Price's perfect performance really adds so much to the film. Mary Murphy is good as his assistant and Eva Gabor is simply snake-worthy as Price's ex-wife. Director John Brahm (THE LODGER) has had experience with the genre so he's able to build up a wonderful atmosphere and keep the film moving at a very fast pace. The biggest flaw with the picture is that it's pretty much HOUSE OF WAX but with a magician. The two film's are very close to one another as it's clear Columbia was trying to capture the success of that Warner film and didn't really come up with a fresh plot. With that said, Price certainly makes this film quite memorable and it ranks as one of the better horror pictures from this period.


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