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The Great Houdini (1976)

A biography of the renowned escape artist Harry Houdini, examining his fascination with the occult and his promise to his wife on her deathbed that he would speak from the beyond.

Director:

Melville Shavelson
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Nominated for 2 Primetime Emmys. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Paul Michael Glaser ... Harry Houdini (Erich Weiss)
Sally Struthers ... Bess Houdini
Ruth Gordon ... Cecilia Weiss
Vivian Vance ... Minnie (Nurse)
Adrienne Barbeau ... Daisy White
Bill Bixby ... Reverend Ford
Jack Carter ... Theo Weiss
Peter Cushing ... Conan Doyle
Nina Foch ... Reverend Le Veyne
Wilfrid Hyde-White ... Superintendent Melville
Geoffrey Lewis ... Dr. Crandon
Maureen O'Sullivan ... Lady Conan Doyle
Clive Revill ... Dundas Slater
Barbara Rhoades ... Margery Crandon
Marilyn Brodnick Marilyn Brodnick ... Dorothy Weiss
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A biography of the renowned escape artist Harry Houdini, examining his fascination with the occult and his promise to his wife on her deathbed that he would speak from the beyond.

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Genres:

Biography | Drama

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 October 1976 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Great Houdinis See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

ABC Circle Films See more »
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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Ruth Gordon, Vivian Vance and Adrienne Barbeau all receive 'Guest Starring' credits. See more »

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Opening credits prologue: The following program is a biographical dramatization created from fact and fiction. See more »

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This movie is Excellent!!!
29 April 2002 | by LFoxylalaSee all my reviews

I have seen this TV movie twice, and have been searching for a copy of the video to purchase. I've seen other Houdini movies and biographies, but this is one I really want. Paul Michael Glaser and Sally Struthers were very real in their portrayal of Harry (Erich Weiss) Houdini and his wife, Bess.


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