George Pal's Houdini is in many ways almost as much of a sideshow attraction and triumph of showmanship as Harry Houdini's celebrated illusions and escapes, opting for a print the legend version that offers 50s studio system glamour over substance and gets away with it rather magnificently. Despite being heavily fictionalised and even changing the cause of his death to give the film a bigger ending, it's not a complete travesty, hitting most of the key points - the beginnings in sideshow fakery, the great escapes, his increasing fascination with death and debunking fake mediums - while overlooking many of his more varied interests (criminology, inventions, aviation, movies) and completely ignoring his brother Hardeen (an accomplished magician and escapologist himself) as it concentrates on the love story. That's not so surprising considering the constraints of a 106-minute running time, particularly when the Houdinis are played by Tony Curtis and Janet Leigh at their most attractive. Like its stars, the film is a particularly good-looking Technicolor package ably directed by George Marshall and Ernest Lazslo's cinematography is well-represented by the NTSC DVD release (which, unlike the region-free Blu-ray release, also includes a trailer). As long as you're just looking for entertainment rather than insight, this fits the bill rather well with never a dull moment. Be warned, however, that the London scenes contain some blunkin' ore-ibble Angerlish uccents, an' thet's a fakt, givna.