The Great Houdini (1976)

Director
Melville Shavelson

Main cast
Paul Michael Glaser; Sally Struthers; Ruth Gordon; Vivian Vance; Adrienne Barbeau

Genres
Drama

Description
A biography of the renowned escape artist Harry Houdini, examining his fascination with the occult and his promise to his wife on her deathbed that he would speak from the beyond.


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