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The Magician (1926)

A magician/alchemist, seeking to create life, finds that he needs the "blood of a virgin" to continue his experiments. He sends out his dwarf assistant to pick out the right girl.

Director:

Rex Ingram

Writers:

W. Somerset Maugham (novel), Rex Ingram (adaptation)
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Cast

Cast overview:
Alice Terry ... Margaret Dauncey
Paul Wegener ... Oliver Haddo
Firmin Gémier Firmin Gémier ... Dr. Porhoët
Iván Petrovich ... Dr. Arthur Burdon
Gladys Hamer Gladys Hamer ... Susie Boyd
Henry Wilson Henry Wilson ... Haddo's Servant
Hubert I. Stowitts Hubert I. Stowitts ... Dancing Faun (as Stowitts)
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Storyline

A young girl, Margaret Dauncey, is caught between the forces of a charlatan magician, Oliver Haddo, whom she is unable to resist,and the love of a young surgeon, Arthur Burdon, who has saved her from being a helpless cripple by performing a delicate operation on her spine which startled the medical world. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Never such a thrilling struggle shown in films! (original ad) See more »


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 October 1926 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Der Dämon See more »

Filming Locations:

Nice, Alpes-Maritimes, France See more »

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Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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At the time this movie was filmed, the leading lady, Alice Terry was married to director Rex Ingram. They were wed four years earlier, while collaborating on The Prisoner of Zenda (1922). See more »

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Haddo's Library Book: The Creation of human Beings by Alchemistry has been accomplished by means of this formula. These Ingredients must be kept at a Temperature of 115 Degrees fahrenheit; to them add the heart Blood of a Maiden. After this is done the first Signs of Life will be observed.
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14 June 2006 | by irearlySee all my reviews

I read Carlos Clarens "Horror Movies" in '68 and it was one of the bigger influences on my movie tastes (as was seeing my first movie "House on Haunted Hill" in the theater with Emergo when I was five years old) so I'm inclined to recommend this movie for those who would like a fluid distillation of what was best about the silent cinema.

I saw it at the Film Forum in NYC around '92 or '93. Ingram had moved to France and The Magician is notable for its documentary footage of Paris, Monaco and the French countryside. Wegener is a formidably grotesque presence and there is a remarkable set piece at the very beginning when a huge clay sculpture collapses, seeming at first to come to life, sending Alice Terry to the hospital. Oliver Haddo, the magician of the title, lurks in the observation gallery as a life saving operation is performed on her...

This movie really has it all so don't miss it if you get the chance especially if you can see it with live musical accompaniment.


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