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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)  »

Also Known As:

A Máscara do Mágico  »

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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 »

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The magic tricks on the shelf, in the studio, change in different shots. See more »

Quotes

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

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Sobre las Olas
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Music by Juventino Rosas
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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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