Houdini is a colorful 1953 biopic film that follows the life of magician and escape artist Harry Houdini (Tony Curtis). It follows his evolution from sideshow performer to celebrated and famous illusionist. Directed by George Marshall, it is based on the book Houdini by Harold Kellock. This highly fictionalized telling of Houdini's life opens on Coney Island where the young Houdini works as a low-level performer in a carnival. During this Coney Island carnival, Houdini meets his future wife Bess (Janet Leigh) who follows him on his many adventures as a magician, stunt master and his short stint as a regular locksmith. At one point, Houdini is briefly arrested for his supernatural magic tricks as he climbs up the ladder of fame. The film touches on some very interesting aspects of Houdini's unique life including his personal crusade against fake magicians and spiritualists and includes spectacular reenactments of some of his most famous and exciting escapes and stunts.