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The Mad Magician (1954)

Unrated | | Horror, Mystery, Thriller | 19 May 1954 (USA)
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 »

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Complete credited cast:
... Don Gallico / Gallico the Great
... Karen Lee
... Claire Ormond
... The Great Rinaldi
Donald Randolph ... Ross Ormond
... Alice Prentiss
... Lt. Alan Bruce
... Frank Prentiss
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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 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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19 May 1954 (USA)  »

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A Máscara do Mágico  »

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The first movie to be broadcast on television in 3-D. See more »

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When the mad magician is performing on stage and about to appear the girl from the table, you can see the magicians cape reflect in the mirrors that are hiding the girl around the legs of the table. See more »

Quotes

The Great Rinaldi: [about Ormond] You had every reason to hate him. What did you do with him, Gallico? How did you get rid of it?
[Don's crematorium]
The Great Rinaldi: Was this thing already built and hidden away, waiting for a job like that?
Don Gallico: Ormond was seen alive two weeks ago, The Prentisses identified him.
The Great Rinaldi: That didn't have to be him.
Don Gallico: Who else could it have been?
The Great Rinaldi: It could have been you, Gallico. From what Ormond told me you are a clever man, developed a wonderful new makeup, something new in the theater. Something that might be ...
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Ta-ra-ra Boom-de-ay
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Music by Henry J. Sayers
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Revenge of the Magician...
20 August 2007 | by See all my reviews

I just recently watched this 1954 movie starring Vincent Price for the first time on Turner Classic Movies. Price portrays Don Gallico, a magician/inventor who is driven to murder when his boss steals several of his magical inventions (and also his wife, portrayed in a brief role by the lovely Eva Gabor). Even though Price is a murderer, I actually found myself rooting for him, he is a sympathetic character who is driven mad by the greedy people around him who keep taking advantage of him.

Although this movie doesn't have the "horror" factor of some of his more famous roles (such as my favorite, "House of Wax") it nonetheless has enough going for it to keep the viewers interest.

This is a must for Vincent Price fans.


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