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This highly fanciful but immensely entertaining biopic stars Tony Curtis as legendary magician/escape-artist Harry Houdini. Janet Leigh, Mrs. Tony Curtis at the time, co-stars as Houdini's wife Bess, while Angela Clarke is seen as Houdini's mother. The film follows Houdini's progress from sideshow entertainer to high-priced prestidigitator, and also touches upon his fascination with the occult--and his efforts to expose phony mediums. Philip Yordan's script (based on a book by Harold Kellock) suggests that virtually every portentous occasion in Houdini's life occurred on… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 83%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"There's enough whimsy on display to make the film a pleasant charmer."
‑ David Cornelius, DVDTalk.com
"Standard issue star vehicle biopic."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"Colorful, but full of falsehoods, story of Houdini. Curtis is pretty good."
‑ Steve Crum, Video-Reviewmaster.com
"O filme se preocupa mais em mostrar o relacionamento de Houdini com a esposa do que sua obsessăo por escapadas. De todo modo, Curtis está muito bem e convence como mágico."
‑ Pablo Villaca, Cinema em Cena
"Accuracy, be darned; this is pure entertainment bio-pic with Tony Curtis at the height of his charismatic matinee idol period; plus working with wife Janet Leigh isn't bad either."
‑ Bob Bloom, Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
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