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Great Houdini, The (ABC 1976, Paul Michael Glaser, Ruth Gordon)

Great Houdini Paul Michael Glaser Adrienne Barbeau

Period drama The Great Houdini was an excellent biographical dramatisation of the life and times of the world renowned illusionist and escape artist that concentrated maybe a little too much with a supposed obsession with the occult (in reality Houdini was a major debunker of the spiritualist world).

Ruth Gordon won an Emmy Award nomination for her performance as Houdini’s mother and Glaser performed all his own stunts.

production details
USA / ABC – ABC Circle Films / 1×120 minute episode / Broadcast 8 October 1976

Writer: Melville Shavelson / Photography: Arch R Daizell / Editor: John M Woodcock / Music: Peter Matz / Production Design: Tracy Bousman / Director: Melville Shavelson

cast
PAUL MICHAEL GLASER as Harry Houdini
SALLY STRUTHERS as Bess Houdini
RUTH GORDON as Cecilia Weiss
VIVIAN VANCE as Minnie
ADRIENNE BARBEAU as Daisy White
BILL BIXBY as Reverend Arthur Ford
JACK CARTER as Theo Weiss
PETER CUSHING as Conan Doyle
NINA FOCH as Reverend Le Veyne
WILFRID HYDE-WHITE as Superintendent Melville
GEOFFREY LEWIS as Dr. Crandon
MAUREEN O’SULLIVAN as Lady Doyle
CLIVE REVILL as Dundas Slater
BARBARA RHOADES as Margery Crandon
JEROME THOR as Conductor
MARILYN BRODNICK as Dorothy Weiss
PATRICK CULLITON as Franz Kukla
RICHARD KENNEDY as Pub Policeman
ELIZABETH E MOOR as Barmaid
JAN STRATTON as Hotel Maid