Danny Masters, teen-aged son of the late Harry Masters, the “greatest escape artist except for Houdini,” leaves home to join Uncle Burke and Aunt Sibyl in their magic act. Sibyl welcomes him; Burke is unenthusiastic. Danny is himself an accomplished magician and escape artist. He soon finds himself embroiled with Stu Quinones, over-the-edge son of Mayor Leon Quinones. The quest for a missing wallet with “hot” bills inside leads to the comeuppance of the crooked mayor and — separately — of his vindictive and out-of-control son. Along the way, Danny comes to terms with the death of his father, the circumstances of which he did not previously know. —IMDb
Joseph Caleb Deschanel, A.S.C. (born September 21, 1944) is an American film cinematographer and film/television director.
Deschanel was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to a French father and an American mother, who raised him in her Quaker religion. He went to Severn School for high school. He attended Johns Hopkins University from 1962 to 1966, where he met Walter Murch, with whom he staged happenings, including a memorable one in which Murch simply sat down and ate an apple for an audience. Murch graduated a year ahead of him and encouraged Deschanel to follow him to the University of Southern California School of Cinematic Arts, where he graduated in 1968. During this time, he was a member of a band of film students called The Dirty Dozen, a group that attracted the attention of the Hollywood system. Following his graduation, he attended the AFI Conservatory and graduated with an M.F.A degree in 1969.
eschanel’s cinematography credits include A Woman Under the Influence… read more