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The Man from Beyond (1922)

Not Rated | | Mystery | 2 April 1922 (USA)
A man who has been frozen in the Arctic ice for 100 years returns to civilization to find his lost love.

Director:

Burton L. King

Writers:

Harry Houdini (story), Coolidge Streeter (adaptation)
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Cast

Cast overview:
Harry Houdini ... Howard Hillary / The Man From Beyond
Arthur Maude ... Dr. Gilbert Trent
Albert Tavernier ... Dr. Crawford Strange
Erwin Connelly Erwin Connelly ... Dr. Gregory Sinclair
Frank Montgomery ... François Duval
Luis Alberni ... Captain of the Barkentine
Yale Benner Yale Benner ... Milt Norcross
Jane Connelly Jane Connelly ... Felice Strange / Felice Norcross
Nita Naldi ... Marie Le Grande
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The body of a man, Howard Hillary, frozen for a hundred years, is found in the Arctic ice. Thawed out and awakened, Hillary insists that a young woman, Felice, is his fiancée from a century before. Hillary is interned in a mental institution but escapes and realizes the truth of where he is and that Felice is actually the descendant of his own Felice from long ago. Hillary joins her in searching for her father, who has been abducted by someone known to them both. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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Mystery

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Not Rated
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 April 1922 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Dødssejladsen See more »

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Silent

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1.33 : 1
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Lock it away - the Horror!
6 August 2002 | by philipdaviesSee all my reviews

Granted, that only the grandest of silent films ever rises from the flailing ruins of those stuttering sentimental gestures, so mechanically struck by it's insubstantial shadow-marionnettes, faithful to the chattering death of the stilted society which rattled their bones like beads, only to shatter in the moonlight that drains any human warmth, just as night without a candle stiffly draws the blizzard of mothy ashes into the lime-light, light falling, frozen, dusty, over scenes that vision forgets - - - yet, at their best, these ghosts can demonstrate how to die with style.

Alas! not here the preposterous glories of a Phantom of the Opera.

Here, au contraire, a fitfully animated corpse rapidly freezes our living interest. The Man from Beyond, even as Houdini's alter ego, never succeeds in escaping his writer's block of ice. A notion not necessarily more preposterous than the gibbering of many a later entertainment, that has dabbled in the matter of Death, is quickly doomed by the unseeing eye of the director, and the shambling course of the plot.

The only escapade in which Houdini at last, though briefly, sloughs off his bonds of frozen celluloid is during the Niagra rescue sequence, when rapid cutting almost renders the drama fluid. But the trickle of inspiration issuing from the love-lorn block of ice, through the cold shower and restraint put on passion (in the cell where a heart was supposed to beat), gathering to an irresistible torrent of overwhelming passion above the Falls, just never gathers force. Perhaps Houdini's Freudian slipperiness was just too much for director Julian's imagination to hold on to?

Despite Julian's habitual Big White Hunter impersonation on set, with jackboots, johdpurs, and solar topee, this film is definitively the One That Got Away. Julian was himself the original and quintessential parody of the silent, Stroheim-fixated, movie director, and this film is the essential guide to everything we feared was true about Film before the sanity of sound came, and filled up the booming emptiness of those trackless wastes, where stranded, phosphorescent phantoms open and shut their useless mouths under the empty glare of the sand-filled lens of other days.

Let us restore these ashes to that Vault, from which no light escapes. This thing is a parody of light - a jerking, staggering, Dance of Death. Lock it away - the Horror!


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