Monday, June 26, 2023

Houdini '53 at 70: Variety review

Continuing our 70th Anniversary celebration of Paramount's classic Houdini biopic starring Tony Curtis and Janet Leigh.

Here is the original review of Houdini that appeared in Variety. This ran in their May 20, 1953 issue.

Not a rave. But also not a pan. It's interesting to read that Paramount screened it in a 1:66 aspect ratio. Projecting a 1:33 film in "widescreen" could lead to problems, as you can read below from the August 1st Decatur Daily.


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