Six months after the body of Evelyn Maxwell, who was the assistant to the magician Azrah, is pulled out of a river, the detective assigned to the case, Jed Dobson, is still searching for ...
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Six months after the body of Evelyn Maxwell, who was the assistant to the magician Azrah, is pulled out of a river, the detective assigned to the case, Jed Dobson, is still searching for clues. When he visits Azrah, whom he knew years before on Coney Island, the magician is conducting a seance for Mr. Russell and his daughter Constance. When Constance's fiance, David Adams, arrives at Azrah's house, Azrah's partner, Albert Young, will not let him in, so David enters through an open window. When he finds Azrah, David says that he suspects him of killing Evelyn and produces an envelope containing canceled checks from Azrah to Evelyn. With the help of his trick electrician, Metzger, Azrah creates an illusion that keeps David from confronting him any further. Young comes in and picks a fight with David, so that he can steal the canceled checks. Jed then enters, but before he can question Azrah, La Tour, whom Evelyn had assisted prior to Azrah, arrives. Jed questions La Tour about Evelyn, ...
I saw a screening of this at Graumann's Chinese almost 20 years ago as part of a "Cult Movies" film festival... I was amazed at how wonderful special effects were for a 1933 film. Very well executed. Two modern (1930's) "magicians" (Morgan and Jory) battle it out magically to save the girl, save the money and save the day in a spectacular virtue vs greed finale.
The film had all the touches of the era... a beautiful, smart but adventurous damsel daring distress, wonderful character actors playing super-magicians (ala Mandrake or Dr. Strange,)the handsome, strong and virtuous but slightly dumb raccoon coat clad hero and enough witty dialogue, dark plot, intrigue and danger to be a great ride. Hard to find but well the watch if you can.
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