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The Mad Magician (1954)

Not Rated | | Horror, Mystery, Thriller | 19 May 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 »

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John Brahm

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Crane Wilbur (story), Crane Wilbur (screenplay)
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Cast

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
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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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 May 1954 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Máscara do Mágico See more »

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Mono (Western Electric Recording)

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1.75 : 1
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Trivia

The music playing in the restaurant when Gallico catches up with Karen attempting to get his carrying bag she accidentally picked up is a string version of the classic song Santa Lucia, probably made most popular by a recording by legendary tenor Enrico Caruso. See more »

Goofs

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

Don Gallico: Gallico the Great, magician extraordinary! That's funny isn't it? Gallico the Clown. Gallico the Stupid Fool. There's one trick you've never seen, Ross, that no magician has ever dared to try! But I can't do it alone, you've got to help me; in fact, you'll be the star! Gallico the Great, magician extraordinaire - well, why don't you laugh at me now? Go on, laugh! Laugh! Laugh! Go on, laugh!
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Connections

Referenced in Vincent Price: The Sinister Image (1987) See more »

Soundtracks

Ta-ra-ra Boom-de-ay
(uncredited)
Music by Henry J. Sayers
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Price's Best
11 August 2001 | by OrciniSee all my reviews

Even though it has one of the standard "Revenge Price Plots," this film is my favorite of Vincent Price's work. Gallico has that quality that is missing in so many horror film characters- likeability. When you watch it, you feel for him, you feel his frustration, the injustices against him, and you cheer him on when he goes for vengeance, even though he frightens you a little with his original fury. As the film goes on, his character becomes tragic. He's committed his murder, but now he must kill to cover that up. And again to cover that one up. And again... your stomach sinks with his soul as it goes down its spiral- like watching a beloved brother turn into a hood. Even if the revenge story is of old, the plot devices themselves are original- Gallico uses his tricks to kill in more and more inventive ways. A shame this one isn't available for home veiwing.


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