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The Magician (1926)

Passed | | Drama, Fantasy, Horror | 24 October 1926 (USA)
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 ... 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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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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Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 October 1926 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Der Dämon See more »

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Sound Mix:

Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

The surrealism of the hypnosis sequence is heightened by a level of male nudity rarely, if ever, presented in films of this era. See more »

Quotes

Title Card: In the snake charmer's tent.
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Spellbounding
15 March 2010 | by kerrydragonSee all my reviews

First time on TCM,so I was curious to see this old "svengali" type film.The name alone was intriguing "The Magician".What I found was a totally intact silent of the best quality.The Villain in the picture plays it to the hilt,in somewhat cartooned expressions,but always creepy and interesting.The backdrop of Paris is of interest as are the colour sequences.The clothing in this film are especially attractive as is the well groomed cast.I was captivated from start to finish,what a treat to see a silent as it should be.The acting was wonderful from all,even though I had never heard of these particular actors before.I am a lover of old horror films and this really fit the bill.Enjoyed the castle,and early special effects.


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