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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 »

Director:

John Brahm

Writers:

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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Storyline

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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SPINE CHILLING-THRILLS! (original print ad - all caps) See more »


Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 May 1954 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Mad Magician See more »

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Production Co:

Columbia Pictures See more »
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Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.75 : 1
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The first movie to be broadcast on television in 3-D. See more »

Goofs

When Don (Price) is knocked onto the belt leading to the crematorium his position changes. See more »

Quotes

Don Gallico: You shouldn't have come nosing around here, Lieutenant. It takes a little time for a job like this, but I've set the machine at 3,500 degrees Fahrenheit. When it nears that point, this doors will open; when it is fully open, the machine will roll you in. Actually, there'll be very little pain; such a blast brings instant oblivion.
Don Gallico: Can you hear it sing, Lieutenant? It has the voice of a mad bull!
Don Gallico: As you can see, my crematorium is more than an illusion. You haven't seen it work, have you? But you...
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Soundtracks

Ta-ra-ra Boom-de-ay
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Music by Henry J. Sayers
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THE MAD MAGICIAN (John Brahm, 1954) ***
23 January 2010 | by Bunuel1976See all my reviews

Vincent Price's follow-up to HOUSE OF WAX (1953), the film which cemented his reputation as a horror icon, similarly revolves around a bitter – albeit resourceful – showman. Though a remake, the former (shot in Technicolor) remains the superior effort; that said, apart from some resistible comic relief, the obligatory resort to cheap gimmickry (it was another 3-D showcase) and occasional narrative shortcomings (whatever happened to the missing bag which supposedly turned up at some police station containing a severed head?), this offers more than enough Grand Guignol-type thrills and overall camp value (Price hamming it up in a variety of disguises as an inventor of illusions impersonating 'missing' star conjurers who had taken advantage of his genius) to stand on its own two feet. Incidentally, director Brahm's involvement here proves no mere coincidence – since the narrative incorporates elements from two horror titles (both starring Laird Cregar) he had previously helmed i.e. THE LODGER (1944) and HANGOVER SQUARE (1945). The young leads are played by Mary Murphy (as Price's ingénue assistant) and Patrick O'Neal (as her police detective boyfriend – curiously enough, he would himself take the lead in a similar piece, CHAMBER OF HORRORS [1966], which I have acquired just in time to serve as an encore to this one). An interesting sideline here is the latter's adoption of a novel detection technique, fingerprinting, which is crucial in bringing about Price's downfall (in a predictable but rather awkward fiery climax)…though the persistent snooping of his amateur crime novelist landlady has at least as much to do with it in the long run! Watching the star in a made-to-measure role, the film emerges a good deal of fun – particularly at a compact 73 minutes.


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