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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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  • Studiously avoiding covering the same ground as the 1953 Houdini theatrical-film biopic, director Mel Shavelson's script for Great Houdinis spends a great deal of time on the conflict between ...

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  • 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.

  • Houdini, like all the great escape artists of his day, was as much an athlete as an illusionist. Glaser looks like an athlete, which Curtis did not. 4 out of 10 found this helpful.

  • The Story of the Great Houdini" by Sid Fleischman tells the story of Harry Houdini, the greatest escape artist ever known. He was born in Budapest, Hungary before his family traveled to Appleton, Wisconsin in search of more wealth.

  • 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.

  • Houdini, like all the great escape artists of his day, was as much an athlete as an illusionist. Glaser looks like an athlete, which Curtis did not. 4 of 10 people found this review helpful.

  • Houdini was, and remains, the best-known escapologist of all time. At the height of his career, he was the highest paid entertainer in the world. The Great Houdini: His British Tours successfully pieces together Houdini's appearances using archive material, old newspaper clippings and extensive research.

  • For a more accurate slant on Houdini's life, see the 1976 TV movie The Great Houdinis, starring Paul Michael Glaser and Sally Struthers.