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The Great Houdini (1976)

A biography of the renowned escape artist Harry Houdini, examining his fascination with the occult and his promise to his wife on her deathbed that he would speak from the beyond.

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Melville Shavelson
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Nominated for 2 Primetime Emmys. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Paul Michael Glaser ... Harry Houdini (Erich Weiss)
Sally Struthers ... Bess Houdini
Ruth Gordon ... Cecilia Weiss
Vivian Vance ... Minnie (Nurse)
Adrienne Barbeau ... Daisy White
Bill Bixby ... Reverend Ford
Jack Carter ... Theo Weiss
Peter Cushing ... Conan Doyle
Nina Foch ... Reverend Le Veyne
Wilfrid Hyde-White ... Superintendent Melville
Geoffrey Lewis ... Dr. Crandon
Maureen O'Sullivan ... Lady Conan Doyle
Clive Revill ... Dundas Slater
Barbara Rhoades ... Margery Crandon
Marilyn Brodnick Marilyn Brodnick ... Dorothy Weiss
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A biography of the renowned escape artist Harry Houdini, examining his fascination with the occult and his promise to his wife on her deathbed that he would speak from the beyond.

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Genres:

Biography | Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 October 1976 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Great Houdinis See more »

Company Credits

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ABC Circle Films See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Black and White (archive footage)| Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

All advertising for this film incorrectly list the title as "The Great Houdinis." The on screen title remained singular. See more »

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Opening credits prologue: Hallowe'en Eve 1928 See more »

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Communicating with the dead 101 ........
26 September 2019 | by merklekranzSee all my reviews

The film is more about seances, mediums, and communicating with the dead, than it is about great escapes. Under the influence of his overbearing Mother, Ruth Gordon, "The GreatHoudini", Paul Michael Glaser, has her shadow over him in both life and death. Once she passes on, Houdini is obsessed with trying to communicate with his Mother through seances and mediums. It is only after he is convinced that all efforts to speak with the dead are either through unhinged charlatans or out and out frauds, that he becomes a non believer, and sinks into the deepest of depressions. His long suffering wife, Sally Struthers, stands by him even as the religious right relentlessly attacks Houdini as a sort of anti-Christ. - MERK


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