Houdini (1953) 1080p YIFY Movie

Houdini (1953) 1080p

Houdini is a movie starring Tony Curtis, Janet Leigh, and Torin Thatcher. The spectacular but tragically short career of magician and illusionist Harry Houdini whose tricks defied explanation and safety.

IMDB: 6.96 Likes

  • Genre: Biography | Drama
  • Quality: 1080p
  • Size: 1.68G
  • Resolution: 1920*1080 / 23.976 fpsfps
  • Language: English
  • Run Time: 106
  • IMDB Rating: 6.9/10 
  • MPR: Normal
  • Peers/Seeds: 6 / 3

The Synopsis for Houdini (1953) 1080p

The amazing career of master magician Harry Houdini is presented from his beginnings with a carnival "wild man" act to his emergence as an internationally-acclaimed illusionist, From his dramatic escape from a locked safe under the frozen Detroit River to an even more improbable one from a locked cell in Scotland Yard, he never failed to please and astound his audiences. Although Houdini's tricks are achieved through his marvelous physical dexterity and innate sleight-of-hand, he courted death with the hazardous illusions he performed and his compulsive quest to make contact with the spirit world.


The Director and Players for Houdini (1953) 1080p

[Director]George Marshall
[Role:]Tony Curtis
[Role:]Torin Thatcher
[Role:]Janet Leigh
[Role:]Angela Clarke


The Reviews for Houdini (1953) 1080p


Very, very loosely based on Houdini's actual lifeReviewed bypauljcurleyVote: 7/10

I saw this movie on TV when I was a kid in the 70s and became fascinated with Houdini (I was especially fascinated by the scene where he is trapped under the ice-covered Detroit River).

However, having read the excellent biography by Kenneth Silverman, and seeing the movie again, I realize that it is only very, very loosely based on Houdini's actual life. Very few of the events that are depicted in the movie actually occurred.

Examples (from my memory of the biography) - Houdini did not meet his wife Bess while playing a "Wild Man" in a freak show, he did not take some time off from performing magic to work in a lock manufacturing plant, there was no mystical German magician who Houdini sought out in his European travels, he never had a German personal assistant, and he did not die on stage performing a trick that Bess had asked him not to perform. In addition it does not cover a number of other topics, such as the fact that Houdini was a pioneer aviator.

On the other hand, it gets some basic details right: his close relationship with his mother, his efforts to contact her after death through psychic mediums, and his efforts to expose fraudulent psychics.

On balance, I generally like what they did in terms of weaving a few factual details into an otherwise fictionalized account of Houdini. However anyone seeking to separate myth and fact about Houdini should check out the Silverman biography.

Curtis looks terrific as Houdini, the showman and the self-promoter...Reviewed byNazi_Fighter_DavidVote: 7/10

By the early 1900s, the extraordinary Houdini earned an international reputation for his theatrical tricks and daring feats of extrication from shackles, ropes, handcuffs, and Scotland Yard's jails...

The film depicts Houdini's memorable escape from any pair of handcuffs produced by the audience; the outdoor exhibition, when he allows himself to be hanged upside down from his ankles, suspended from the roof of a high building, in a strait jacket; and, the dramatic act, when he accepts to be shackled with irons and placed in a box that is locked, roped, and submerged in frozen waters...

The film also exposes Houdini's campaign against mind readers, fraudulent mediums and others who claim supernatural powers... Houdini shows a passionate talent for escapology and the film did much to create the 'Water Torture Cell' illusion...

With his pretty-boy looks, Tony Curtis handles the title role with passionate skill... His energetic performance, as the talented and motivated magician, is very good...

With good period atmosphere, but with more attention to romance than to interesting detail, the film is quite enjoyable and colorful...

Janet Leigh does a great job as Houdini's faithful wife...

The greatest showmanReviewed byTheLittleSongbirdVote: 7/10

'Houdini' was partly seen because Harry Houdini was a very interesting man and his life, cut short too early in tragic circumstances from peritonitis/complications from a ruptured appendix (although it is also believed it was caused by being punched in the abdomen), even more fascinating.

Found myself quite by accident seeing a number of Tony Curtis films and it's turned into something of a quest. It is interesting to see Curtis and then-wife Janet Leigh together on film, and 'Houdini' is the first of five pairings. It certainly serves them well and one can see what the appeal is. While 'Houdini' is very well made and entertaining on its own as a film, the man himself and his life, of which the film is very loosely based upon, are not as well served.

A longer length would have benefitted, so that the script could have gone into more detail and depth with what is presented while also including more. Houdini's life was much more colourful and interesting than this intriguing and fun if slightly "cliff notes" depiction, and with a longer length the film would have been more detailed and not as rushed structurally.

There are also liberties, some of them not hurting the film much but the more dramatic licenses do and distort a bit, especially the over-dramatic ending. Didn't see the point of the change, it would have been more moving if the truth was intact.

On the other hand, Curtis puts a lot of energy and passion to the title role and his performance is one of his best early ones. Leigh is incredibly charming and their romantic chemistry sparkles and moves, one does feel like they're in love. This is something very important, seeing as this is an element of the story that is focused on sizeably. Torin Thatcher is particularly good of the solid supporting cast.

Furthermore, 'Houdini' looks great, the sumptuous period detail and vibrant colours are a feast for the eyes. The story moves efficiently and still remains absorbing and easy to engage and identify with. The script is thoughtful, is a lot of fun and doesn't fall into cloying sentimentality, with elements of Houdini's life that do really intrigue (i.e. Houdini's campaign against anything supernatural) and the stunts/escapes are genuinely awe-inspiring and suspenseful, some edge of your seat stuff there. The characters engage, Houdini is a source of admiration and inspiration, and the direction shows visual and dramatic skill.

Summing up, good but not great, Curtis, Leigh, their chemistry, the visuals and stunts make it a worthwhile watch. 7/10 Bethany Cox

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