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Mad Magician, The (1954)

Mary Murphy , Vincent Price , John Brahm  |  NR |  DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Actors: Mary Murphy, Vincent Price, Eva Gabor, John Emery, Donald Randolph
  • Directors: John Brahm
  • Producers: Bryan Foy
  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: SPE
  • DVD Release Date: July 3, 2012
  • Run Time: 73 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0088XQDTS
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #31,058 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Mad Magician, The" on IMDb

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A failed magician (Vincent Price) turns into a homicidal maniac, taking out his victims by using the same tricks he learned while conjuring illusions.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A great 3D thriller: July 21, 2013
Recently WB has announced an October release for House of Wax in bluray 3D format. Let's earnestly hope The Mad Magician will also be released in 3D. I saw the original 1954 release and, like Vincent Price's 1953 film, this one was very successful with 3D effects. Probably this was the film that cemented Mr. Price's future roles as a horror icon.

I'm wondering if the DVD reviewed by others is not cropped to achieve a "wide screen" effect as I recollect absolutely NO 3D movie in the '50's also being filmed for CinemaScope release, which would have been most awkward for theaters then to exhibit as the 3D flicks were exhibited utilizing two synchronized projectors. Since few movie theaters had more than a couple of projectors, the 3D movies were sent on extra large reels which necessitated an intermission mid-way to change both reels. When 3D was tried again in the early 1980's, a method had been devised to place the left and right images on one reel.

The Mad Magician has lots of nifty action and quite a few items thrown from the screen into your face, the very thing which we children in '53-'54 loved about them!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
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"The Mad Magician" exhibits the formula for all future Vincent Price starring vehicles about wronged or psychotically persecuted madmen seeking revenge.This particular story depicts Price as an inventor of magic tricks who has them stolen by rival magicians.Being ripped-off and having his wife taken away by another,Price is driven to murder and once he kills them,impersonates them as well.I also would like to acknowledge the director of this film.A somewhat noted director in his own right,John Brahm has molded a modest yet effective straight forward thriller.Although,it's not quite on par with "The Lodger","Hangover Square" or even the many classic TV episodes He helmed for "Alfred Hitchcock Presents","The Twilight Zone" and "Thriller",it is well-paced and acted.In this film,Vincent Price effectively garners sympathy for his character and although,it's not on the same level as "The Abominable Dr. Phibes","Theater of Blood"or the the film released the year before,"House Of Wax,"The Mad Magician" should warmly,be regarded as the blueprint for these later horror masterpieces with the great Vincent Price.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Vincent Price Strikes Again! September 16, 2012
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The Mad Magician (Columbia, 1954) is a very close relative to
House Of Wax (Warners 1953). I love black and white movies,
but The Mad Magician suffers slightly to House Of Wax by comparison.
I can't help think that if The Mad Magician had been filmed in color,
it would be elevated to the level of House Of Wax. Both films star
Vincent Price and both were released in 3-D, while The Mad Magician
was a widescreen effort as well.

Magician has a very good story to tell with a few twists and turns
and is very enjoyable. Originally, I had dismissed it as an inferior
attempt to re-create the huge success of House Of Wax, but now
I find I was unfair.

Cinemascope and 3-D were Hollywood's answer to poor attendance
at the movies due to the enormous popularity of TV. However,
3-D's popularity only lasted from 1953-1954, but made a big revival
in the last ten years or so.

The DVD release of The Mad Magician is presented in the widescreen
format and the black and white picture quality is excellent.
House Of Wax and The Mad Magician would make a great double feature.
Decide for yourself which is more enjoyable.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars i'm mad about the mad magician! January 8, 2013
By Bela
This is one of Vincent Prices best! It's a great classic black and white mystery. I wouldn't say horror cause you never
see any blood which isn't needed! The writing and directing and acting is above average! You get a young Vincent Price and
Eva Gabor and Patrick O'Neil as the detective! I think if you liked House of Wax you'll love this. it's a fun movie.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Movie December 8, 2012
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Really enjoyed this movie. It is one of the best horror/suspense movies i have seen. Vincent Price at his Best. Would Recommend. Could watch over and over again.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars WB MOD Program does it again!!! January 17, 2014
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This is one addition that should be added to all your horror collections. The picture is as good as it will ever get, meaning its great. The only thing missing, and it still might be coming down the road, is the 3D version. I'm not into 3D, but I would have loved to have seen this in all it's 3D glory, at least once...yo-yos vs. paddle balls!!!
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