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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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Country:

USA

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English

Release Date:

30 September 1923 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Well, it has Houdini as the star
20 April 2015 | by PaularocSee all my reviews

The best thing thing this movie has going for it is that it has Houdini starring as Haldane, a Treasury agent who is tracking down a worldwide counterfeiting ring. Also a plus is that it uses a lot of extras for crowd scenes and has a large number of different sets including a couple in London. One of the interesting crowd scenes was of a Chinese festival in Chinatown. The most exciting scene is when Houdini is tied to a water wheel and escapes - that was good. But the movie was a real slog to sit through - very dull. It was overloaded with title cards. The movie's introduction is three long frames starting with "China - old in wisdom when the world was young - mother of mystery and the black arts of necromancy behind her yellow veil of secrecy"...and on and on. Along the way, Haldane falls in love with a pretty but really dim (and dull) damsel in distress. With one important exception, all the Chinese characters are described as being sly, wily or sinister. Even the title cards are boring. The crooks, who are hiding out in a monastery are describe as "... Disguised in the habiliment of Godly men." Habiliment? You don't see that word used too often (like never). Glad I saw it once but that was enough.


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