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Haldane of the Secret Service (1923)

Heath Haldane (Houdini) tracks down a vicious gang of counterfeiters, narrowly missing death several times. He must rescue Adele Ormsby, whom he loves despite her pending marriage.

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Harry Houdini
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Cast overview:
Harry Houdini ... Heath Haldane (as Houdini)
Gladys Leslie Gladys Leslie ... Adele Ormsby
William Humphrey ... Edward Ormsby (as Wm. Humphrey)
Richard Carlyle Richard Carlyle ... Joe Ivors (as Richard Carlysle)
Edward Boulden ... Raoul Usher
Jane Jennings Jane Jennings ... Mrs. Clive Usher
Charles Fang Charles Fang ... Ah Ling (as Chas. Fang)
Myrtle Morse Myrtle Morse ... Andrea Drayton
Irving Brooks Irving Brooks ... Bruce Drayton
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Heath Haldane (Houdini) tracks down a vicious gang of counterfeiters, narrowly missing death several times. He must rescue Adele Ormsby, whom he loves despite her pending marriage.

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Adventure | Crime | Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 September 1923 (USA) See more »

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Silent

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1.33 : 1
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Straight-ahead international crime melodrama
17 October 2006 | by undercrankSee all my reviews

Houdini seems to be making a bid for himself as leading man of moving pictures, as there isn't a pair of handcuffs in the film's six reels. At one point he is surround by the bad guy's henchmen and knocked unconscious and then - after their leader says "You know what to do with him!" -- thrown in the river...but is not bound in chains, stuffed in a sack, locked in a trunk etc. The film's sets and costumes are great, and the location footage in NYC, London and Paris are nice to see. The story and plot is contained in main dialog inter-titles, and feels like one of those silent films that was a stage play first, with a lot of scenes of people standing around doing exposition via inter-titles. At best this film is an interesting curiosity, and the surviving print looks great and is complete.


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