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The Magician (1926)

Passed | | Drama, Fantasy, Horror | 24 October 1926 (USA)
A magician/alchemist, seeking to create life, finds that he needs the "blood of a virgin" to continue his experiments. He sends out his dwarf assistant to pick out the right girl.

Director:

Rex Ingram

Writers:

W. Somerset Maugham (novel), Rex Ingram (adaptation)
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Cast

Cast overview:
Alice Terry ... Margaret Dauncey
Paul Wegener ... Oliver Haddo
Firmin Gémier ... Dr. Porhoët
Iván Petrovich ... Dr. Arthur Burdon
Gladys Hamer Gladys Hamer ... Susie Boyd
Henry Wilson Henry Wilson ... Haddo's Servant
Hubert I. Stowitts Hubert I. Stowitts ... Dancing Faun (as Stowitts)
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A young girl, Margaret Dauncey, is caught between the forces of a charlatan magician, Oliver Haddo, whom she is unable to resist,and the love of a young surgeon, Arthur Burdon, who has saved her from being a helpless cripple by performing a delicate operation on her spine which startled the medical world. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 October 1926 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Der Dämon See more »

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Silent

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1.33 : 1
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This movie, especially the explosion of the laboratory, influenced James Whale while making the Frnakenstein movies. See more »

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Title Card: Night... and the lights of the Sorcerer's tower gleaming through the storm like two evil eyes.
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Well-done silent horror movie
22 March 2010 | by preppy-3See all my reviews

Beautiful Margaret Dauncey (Alice Terry) is set to marry young handsome Dr. Arthur Burdon (Ivan Petrovich). They meet an evil magician named Oliver Haddo (Paul Wegener) who is trying to create life. He needs the blood of someone whose profile fits Margaret's perfectly...and he'll so ANYTHING to get it.

Hard to see silent. I want to thank TCM for showing it about a week ago. The print was in pretty good shape with tinting and an amusing music score (LOVED when they used "Night on Bald Mountain"). The movie was made with a pretty big budget--the settings are incredible--and has a good script that follows many horror film clichés--but in a good way. Heck, it all ends on a dark and stormy night and in a CASTLE! Also there's a trip to Hell which is a real jaw dropper. The acting varies. Terry was a star of the silent screen and it's easy to see why. She was a beautiful woman AND a good actress. She's just great here. Wegener chews the scenery again and again and AGAIN as the mad magician. He really overdoes it--but it's pretty amusing. Petrovich is given nothing to do as the doctor but him and Terry make a very good-looking couple. Beautifully directed by Rex Ingram too (who was Terry's husband). Well worth seeing--if you can.


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