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The Great Houdinis (1976)

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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.

Director: Melville Shavelson

Release Date: 1976-10-08
Status: Released
Run time: 96 min / 1:36
Release Date: 1976-10-08
Status: Released
Run time: 96 min / 1:36

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Casts

Paul Michael Glaser
as Harry Houdini
Sally Struthers
as Bess Houdini
Ruth Gordon
as Cecilia Weiss
Vivian Vance
as Minnie
Adrienne Barbeau
as Daisy White
Bill Bixby
as Rev. Arthur Ford
Jack Carter
as Theo Weiss
Peter Cushing
as Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

Crew

Directing Melville Shavelson Director
Writing Melville Shavelson Writer
Writing Peter Benchley Writer

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  • Find helpful customer reviews and review ratings for The Great Houdini at Amazon.com. Read honest and unbiased product reviews from our users.

  • Paul Michael Glaser and Sally Struthers star as the Houdinis, with Ruth Gordon as Harry's mother Mrs. Weiss, Peter Cushing as Conan Doyle, Jack Carter as Houdini's brother, Adrienne Barbeau as his mistress, Nina Foch as a medium, and Vivian Vance as the all-around best friend/severest critic, who narrates the film. The Great Houdinis first aired on October 8, 1976.

  • Find helpful customer reviews and review ratings for Escape!: The Story of The Great Houdini at Amazon.com. Read honest and unbiased product reviews from our users.

  • The great cast also includes the ever-ancient Ruth Gordon (ROSEMARY'S BABY) as Houdini's wicked mother, Vivian Vance as a nurse, Adrienne Barbeau (typecast at an early age as a floozy), Bill Bixby and Jack Carter, Geoffrey Lewis and Wilfrid Hyde-White. To top it all off we have Peter Cushing playing Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (yes!), with his wife played by Maureen O'Sullivan. Although Cushing's role is a small one, he makes an impact as usual.

  • Engrossing Houdini bio by kids' author/magician. Read Common Sense Media's Escape! The Story of the Great Houdini review, age rating, and parents guide. Read Common Sense Media's Escape! The Story of the Great Houdini review, age rating, and parents guide.

  • The Great Houdini Escape Room is a unique blend of history, teamwork, and good old fashioned puzzles. Rarely do we encounter a game that feels like it would be better served by a larger team, but this one is an exception. The game’s design allows for many threads to be worked on simultaneously, and is a necessity to escape in time. With their ...

  • The Story of the Great Houdini was one of the great children's author Sid Fleischman's last books, and I loved the personal touches he included in his biography of Harry Houdini. .

  • 41 reviews of Houdini's Room Escape "I had a great time searching for clues to escape the oval office. We got down to the wire...close but no cigar. Considering that it is the expert level though, I think we did pretty good for my first…

  • Title: The Great Houdini (TV Movie 1976) 6.5 /10. Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

  • Critic Reviews for Houdini All Critics (13) | Fresh (11) | Rotten (2) 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....