The Man from Beyond (1922)

The Man from Beyond (1922)





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Legendary escape artist Harry Houdini both produced and starred in The Man From Beyond. Houdini plays a man who has been frozen in an Arctic block of ice for 100 years. Once he's thawed out, Houdini tries to straighten out the lives of the descendants of his old friends and lost loves. The sequence everyone remembers from Man From Beyond involves Houdini's near-plunge over Niagara Falls, which has been excerpted in several silent-film pastiches, notably 1961's Days of Thrills and Laughter. Question: If we know Houdini's prowess for wriggling out of straitjackets, prison cells etc., how can there be the least bit of suspense in Man From Beyond? Never mind: you'll want to see it anyway, just for the chance to glimpse the great Houdini in action.
Action & Adventure , Classics , Drama , Mystery & Suspense , Science Fiction & Fantasy
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Harry Houdini
as The Man from Beyond
Arthur Maude
as Dr. Gilbert Trent
Albert Tavernier
as Dr. Crawford Strange
Erwin Connelly
as Dr. Gregory Sinclair
Frank Montgomery
as Frar,.cois Duval
Luis Alberni
as Capt. of the Barkentine
Jane Connelly
as Felice Strange
Nita Naldi
as Mane Le Grande
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Critic Reviews for The Man from Beyond

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It was interesting only because the great escape artist Houdini was the star.

Full Review… | October 7, 2004
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Audience Reviews for The Man from Beyond

High melodrama that did not keep my interest. The acting and camera composition are not very inventive. Houdini's character, Howard Hillary, does a couple escapes and stunts as expected. Two Arctic explorers, Dr. Sinclair and Duval, find Houdini's body frozen and discover he's been there in stasis for 100 years. We gradually hear Hillary's story. He was first mate to a jealous captain on an 1820's ship and Hillary loved a girl named Felice. Hillary is brought back to 1920s society, but his culture shock is never really explored. Dr. Sinclair's brother-in-law Dr. Strange has gone missing. Sinclair's niece and Strange's daughter coincidentally is named Felice. Strange's neighbor, Dr. Trent, wishes to marry Felice, but Hillary mistakes her for his love and interrupts the ceremony. Trent is revealed to be a villain, but Hillary is a surprise variable in his plans. Houdini and Connelly, who plays both versions of Felice do have a couple good scenes. The action is not very thrilling because you can easily see through the camera tricks. Ultimately, the theme is whether those involved believe in reincarnation.

Byron Brubaker
Byron Brubaker

Super Reviewer

This was my favourite of the Houdini movies. Although towards the end it feels longer than it really was for some reason. The movie isn't just about him escaping from some captors in every scene as in his other movies. There's a really good story in this one, it's more fantastic and romantic, and there's suspense and action and everything. I really liked it.

Aj V
Aj V

Super Reviewer

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