George Marshall (1953)

U Certificate


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This is the first of five films real-life married couple Tony Curtis and Janet Leigh - the so-called "elite of the milkshake set" - made together. As the famous escapologist Harry Houdini, Curtis is half-naked for most of the early scenes, a treat for his teenage fans at the time. When he finds Mrs Houdini, he pays the rent by dreaming up ever more ambitious stunts, including being immersed upside down in a deadly water torture chamber. The movie covers some 40 years, though Curtis and Leigh age no more than 40 minutes, and Houdini's eventual demise has the smack of dramatic licence. However, that won't stop you enjoying this entertaining hagiography.


Semi-factual biopic of the renowned escapologist, who revealed the methods behind many of his seemingly magical feats in an effort to expose fraudulent mediums. Starring Tony Curtis, Janet Leigh, Torin Thatcher and Angela Clarke.

Cast & Crew

Houdini Tony Curtis
Bess Janet Leigh
Otto Torin Thatcher
Mrs Weiss Angela Clarke
Prosecuting attorney Stefan Schnabel
Fante Ian Wolfe
Schultz Sig Ruman
Dooley Michael Pate
Mrs Schultz Connie Gilchrist
Director George Marshall
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Paramount Film Service Ltd