Very good , thanks. I was looking for some Houdini inspiration.
His movies are a lot better than I expected. Totally charming. Welles said that at it’s best, stage magic could have “a certain kind of cheap poetry.” Movie serials are similar.
Here’s another actor/magician I adore
Then there’s Charles Foster Quinlan
And this young upstart
Also inspired by the serials, fittingly enough.
My favourite screen magician is Turhan Bey in THE AMAZING MR X. It’s a long-forgotten gem from 1948, directed by the wondrously mad Bernard Vorhaus.
Vorhaus + Alton + Cathy O’Donnell! It’s really terrific stuff, a prime example of what a B movie can be. Am desperate to see more good Vorhaus, but his inspiration appears only to have struck intermittently. But more of his quota quickies would be appreciated, if anyone’s holding.
David E, you are a model of efficiency. Many thanks!