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The Man from Beyond (1922)

Not Rated | | Mystery | 2 April 1922 (USA)
A man who has been frozen in the Arctic ice for 100 years returns to civilization to find his lost love.


Burton L. King


Harry Houdini (story), Coolidge Streeter (adaptation)

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Director: Harry Houdini


Cast overview:
Harry Houdini ... Howard Hillary / The Man From Beyond
Arthur Maude ... Dr. Gilbert Trent
Albert Tavernier ... Dr. Crawford Strange
Erwin Connelly Erwin Connelly ... Dr. Gregory Sinclair
Frank Montgomery ... François Duval
Luis Alberni ... Captain of the Barkentine
Yale Benner Yale Benner ... Milt Norcross
Jane Connelly Jane Connelly ... Felice Strange / Felice Norcross
Nita Naldi ... Marie Le Grande


The body of a man, Howard Hillary, frozen for a hundred years, is found in the Arctic ice. Thawed out and awakened, Hillary insists that a young woman, Felice, is his fiancée from a century before. Hillary is interned in a mental institution but escapes and realizes the truth of where he is and that Felice is actually the descendant of his own Felice from long ago. Hillary joins her in searching for her father, who has been abducted by someone known to them both. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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2 April 1922 (USA) See more »

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Edited into Days of Thrills and Laughter (1961) See more »

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Houdini's mysticism holds true.
11 October 2001 | by rsoonsaSee all my reviews

Written by the master escape technician, Harry Houdini, THE MAN FROM BEYOND is a fantasy of one who lived before, and is also produced and stars Houdini, who portrays Howard Hillary, an Arctic explorer who is revived after being encased within ice for 100 years aboard a ghost ship, and who then must deal with a vastly changed world. This is the first effort released by Houdini Picture Corporation, and is filmed in large part at and about Lake Placid in New York, and Niagara Falls to the brink of which the stalwart Hillary is whirled in his efforts to save his lady love, Felice (Jane Connelly), from apparently certain death by drowning and, previously, from designs of immoral blackguards. The plot is quite melodramatic, as Felice, in Hillary's eyes, was his fiancee aboard the Arctic vessel wherein he was trapped by a storm following a losing battle with the ship's captain, and he must, in 1922, convince her that she was his beloved in an earlier manifestation a century of years before, and thereby wrest her from her current beau, who has designs upon her fortune, and the latter's partner in crime, Marie La Grande (Nita Naldi in a brief appearance). Houdini, who utilized the sobriquet Man From Beyond, was enthralled by the possibility of linkage between the material world and a spiritual domain (although he detested spiritualists), and his script conveys his philosophy rather didactically as based upon his extensive study of the arcane.

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