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directed by Harry Falk
starring Anthony Herrera, Gretchen Corbett, Peter Haskell, Robert Reed, Simone Griffeth, Ji-Tu Cumbuka, Hank Brandt, David Hooks, Harry Blackstone jr, James Hong, Sab Shimono, Donna Kei Benz, David Hollander, Edmund Balin, Allan Hunt, Joseph Mendez
screenplay by Rick Husky, based on the comic strip by Lee Falk, music by Morton Stevens

Mandrake the Magician

review by
Mike Haberfelner

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During a performance of stage magician Mandrake (Anthony Herrera), an audience member dies all too suddenly. The weird thing about it, the man, one professor Lindsay (David Hooks), an acquaintance of Mandrake, is supposed to have died 2 years ago. And on the way to the hospital, his body disappears.

Mandrake follows the only clue he's got, the dead man's last word "Arkadian" - which leads him to rich businessman Arkadian (Robert Reed), who much like professor Lindsay and Mandrake himself has some secret service links. Arkadian doesn't seem to be above suspicion himself, but then several of his businesses - warehouses, rollercoasters etc - start to get blown up, and the culprits are always loyal employees, acting as if they were sleepers, activated by some kind of hypnosis, who usually also die in the explosions.

Eventually, the professor's daughter Jennifer (Gretchen Corbett) is killed, and when Mandrake follows one of the baddies' sleepers, he is captured, his magic amulet is taken from him, and he is put in a strait jacked, so no more magic for Mandrake. Mandrake then meets the lead villain, Romero (Peter Haskell), another former secret service man, who wants to blackmail the white out of Arkadian's eye, then out of the country as a whole. And he has kidnapped the professor (who still isn't dead despite dying twice) to develop some infernal machine for him, and his daughter's supposed to keep him in line.

Of course, ultimately Mandrake manages to wriggle out of his strait jacket, get hold of his amulet, and defeat the baddie and his henchmen, using quite a bit of magic ...


A failed TV-pilot, and for a change, it's easy to see why: The story is long-winded and over-convoluted, but at the same time simplistic and lacking any real peaks, Mandrake as a character is boring and empty and lacks all the flamboyance usually associated with a stage magician, the use of his magic powers is ridiculous, as it seems every time the story has come to a halt, he just pulls a new ability out of his hat (sorry for the pun), which also derives the film most of its tension and suspense. And if you add to all of this an indifferent and impersonal direction, you are left with nothing you really need to see.


review © by Mike Haberfelner


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