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Tuesday, November 19, 2013

The Man From Beyond (1922)

Starring Harry Houdini, Arthur Maude, Albert Tavernier, Erwin Connelly, Frank Montgomery
Directed by Burton L. King
(actor & director credits courtesy IMDB.com)

A man frozen for 100 years in the arctic is found and brought back to consciousness, and he falls for a young woman who seems to him the reincarnation of his lost love.

The famed Harry Houdini, the magician and escape artist still recognized as one of the greats, stars in this interesting adventure which IMDB credits as produced by his own film company.  He only has one true escape presented in the film, in which he's wrapped in sheets and tied to a bed in a padded cell, but also seems to perform some dangerous stunt work, scaling tall buildings and swimming through a raging river.  Having only read of his famous illusions and terrific escapes, it's fascinating to see the real man captured on film.  While he doesn't have a great screen presence, the story affords his some nice heroic and romantic scenes, and makes me eager to see more of his films.

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