Houdini (1953)

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… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: July 2, 1953
DVD Release Date: June 3, 2008
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Critic Score: 85% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
James Plath
Family Home Theater

Hollywood legend Tony Curtis gives one of his best performances in Houdini, a colorful biography set in the 1890s through 1920s, and he does it playing opposite his then-wife Janet Leigh....

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Bob Bloom
Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)

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.

David Cornelius

There's enough whimsy on display to make the film a pleasant charmer.

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Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Standard issue star vehicle biopic.

Steve Crum

Colorful, but full of falsehoods, story of Houdini. Curtis is pretty good.

Pablo Villaça
Cinema em Cena

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.

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Flixster Audience Score: 59% Flixster User Reviews
Aj V
An interesting movie about the great magician Houdini, but it could have been better, maybe more biographical?
Marion Ravenwood
It was okay, a nice little love story in there, it had some interesting things
jay nixon
Highly fictionalized but very entertaining story of the great magician. Curits acquits himself well in the lead and Janet is lovely.
Randy Tippy
Not historically accurate (not by a long shot) but the chemistry between Tony Curtis and Janet Leigh makes this one fun to watch.