Houdini (1953)

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The spectacular but tragically short career of magician and illusionist Harry Houdini whose tricks defied explanation and safety.


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  • Tony Curtis and Janet Leigh in Houdini (1953)
  • Tony Curtis in Houdini (1953)
  • Tony Curtis and Janet Leigh in Houdini (1953)
  • Tony Curtis and Janet Leigh in Houdini (1953)
  • Tony Curtis and Janet Leigh in Houdini (1953)

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29 February 2004 | youwine
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| Just in case
What an odd coincidence, just in case you didn't know it: Harry Houdini was born in Budapest, his real name was Weisz Erik (Eric Weisz). Tony Curtis was born to parents both born in Budapest, his real name is Bernard Schwartz. Tony Curtis, nearing his eighties, still speaks Hungarian fluently.

Budapest & Budapest ... Weisz and Schwartz - White and Black.

Though this movie is pure romantic fiction, rather than a biopic, it is thoroughly enjoyable, thanks to Ms. Leigh and Mr. Curtis. (i.e. Houdini wasn't born on Halloween's day but on 24. March in 1874, and he had escaped from the Chinese Torture Chamber a lot of times, and as such, he didn't die the way depicted in this movie - he was killed by a punch on his stomach, a trick he wasn't prepared to)

Still, see this picture if you get a chance: it is colorful and exciting.

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