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The Mad Magician (1954)

Not Rated | | Horror, Mystery, Thriller | 7 April 1954 (USA)
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Don Gallico is a master at designing magical illusions which are sold by his employer, Mr. Ormond, to famous magicians such as Rinaldi. He is also a master of disguise and realistic mask ... See full summary »


John Brahm


Crane Wilbur (story), Crane Wilbur (screenplay)
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Complete credited cast:
Vincent Price ... Don Gallico / Gallico the Great
Mary Murphy ... Karen Lee
Eva Gabor ... Claire Ormond
John Emery ... The Great Rinaldi
Donald Randolph Donald Randolph ... Ross Ormond
Lenita Lane ... Alice Prentiss
Patrick O'Neal ... Lt. Alan Bruce
Jay Novello ... Frank Prentiss


Don Gallico is a master at designing magical illusions which are sold by his employer, Mr. Ormond, to famous magicians such as Rinaldi. He is also a master of disguise and realistic mask design. When Don embarks upon his own career as Gallico the Great, showcasing his own masterful illusions, his dreams are shattered by Ormond and he turns to murder to vent his frustrations. Written by Jeff Hole <jeffhole@aol.com>

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Film debut of Patrick O'Neal. See more »


When Don (Price) is knocked onto the belt leading to the crematorium his position changes. See more »


Alice Prentiss: Frank, I've got it!
Frank Prentiss: Your plot?
Alice Prentiss: No, what actually happened. Remember I told you how much Mr. Gallico reminded me of Ormond?
Frank Prentiss: Yes.
Alice Prentiss: Well there had to be a reason for that and I think I know what it is. They've never found a trace of Ormond! I don't believe that he was ever in this house! I believe it was Gallico who rented those rooms upstairs!
Frank Prentiss: Wearing grease paint make?
Alice Prentiss: Oh no Frank, no, you were right about that, it had to be more than a makeup, I think it was a mask!
Frank Prentiss: Alice!
Alice Prentiss: A face I mean! The face of ...
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Referenced in Vincent Price: Renaissance Man (2007) See more »


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Music by Juventino Rosas
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Vincent Price turns to murder to protect his magic act...
31 October 2010 | by DoylenfSee all my reviews

The only ingredient missing in this VINCENT PRICE tale of horror is Technicolor which might have provided even more interest in this murderous tale of a magician who kills in order to protect his inventive magic act.

First to go is a partner with whom he has a violent argument and is given the buzz saw treatment. Then, JOHN EMERY, a rival magician who is foolish enough to steal from Price and threatens to reveal what he knows about the death of Price's partner. Emery has a grand time matching his scene stealing tricks with Price.

Skillfully directed by John Brahm, a section of the film dealing with the bonfire is reminiscent of a similar moment from Brahm's HANGOVER SQUARE when Laird Cregar delivers the body of a woman to be consumed by fire.

Acting is uniformly excellent and the script moves at a fast pace under Brahm's direction. Once again, Vincent Price delivers a first-rate performance in a shuddery role. The suspenseful moments lead to an edge of your seat climax involving a crematorium device.

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Release Date:

7 April 1954 (USA) See more »

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Production Co:

Columbia Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.75 : 1
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