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The Great Houdini (1976)

TV Movie  -   -  Biography | Drama  -  8 October 1976 (USA)
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A biography of the renowned escape artist Harry Houdini, examining his fascination with the occult and his promise to his wife on her deathbed that he would speak from the beyond.

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Bess Houdini
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Cecilia Weiss
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Minnie (nurse)
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Daisy White
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Rev. Arthur Ford
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Theo Weiss
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Rev. Le Veyne
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Supt. Melville
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Dr. Crandon
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Lady Conan Doyle
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Dundas Slater
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Margery Crandon
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Dorothy Weiss
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A biography of the renowned escape artist Harry Houdini, examining his fascination with the occult and his promise to his wife on her deathbed that he would speak from the beyond.

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Peter Cushing filmed his small role in 4 days (May 12-15 1976) after completing his scenes for "Star Wars." It was his first US TV movie, broadcast on October 8 1976. Others that followed were "A Tale of Two Cities" in 1980, and "Helen Keller: The Miracle Continues" in 1983. See more »

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THE GREAT HOUDINI...NOT JUST GREAT...EXCELLENT!!!!!!
7 October 2004 | by (Whitesboro, NY) – See all my reviews

I'm lucky enough to say that I own a copy of this movie, taped very late one night a long time ago. Upon repeated viewings, the movie still stands the test of time! Paul Michael Glazer is excellent as Harry Houdini, but that's only the tip of the iceberg with this wonderful cast...Sally Struthers plays the role of Harry's wife (both young & old) very convincingly, Vivian Vance is perfect as the nurse (bringing quite a bit of humor to the role), Adrienne Barbeau is as sultry as ever but brings a lot of heart to her role, Bill Bixby - although in the movie only briefly - is very believable as the Medium trying to contact Houdini's ghost, hell - even Peter Cushing gets in on the action! The best role by far was played by the late Ruth Gordon, who should have gotten much more notoriety for her role as Houdini's mother...WHAT A CAST! Aside from all of that is a very interesting (and at times VERY scary) story not to mention a wonderful love story! Why isn't this movie out on DVD?!? If at all possible, do yourself a favor and watch this one if fortunate enough to get a chance! EXCELLENT IN EVERY WAY!


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