Let the Grim Games Begin.
Still 298-48 from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences
At the Press Club, Houdini tells Dr. Tyson that he must order his uncle to the mountains for a month and Ethel as his nurse will accompany him. His departure must be at night – secretly. Ethel smiles with pleasure at the prospect without in the least knowing what it is all about. Dick Raver, Clifton Allison, and Dr. Harvey Tyson are looking with inquiring expressions. They fail to see the big scheme and are waiting for him to proceed.
Houdini tells them that he will create the impression that his uncle was murdered. He will plant clues that will prove his guilt and then get arrested. He will then reveal the hoax and prove the fallacy of conviction by circumstantial evidence. The resultant publicity will be a scoop for his newspaper.
Here is an incredible 101 year old playbill that recently sold at Fraser’s Autographs auction in the U.K. for £6,500 on March 20th.
It is annotated and hand signed by Houdini, “my dear Herwin Here is one of my bills, it might interest you. Come up and see me ‘magisch’ signed (H. Houdini)”.
Note; Professor Herwin, whose real name was William Humpage, was born at Birmingham on October 31st, 1861. He gave us the metal thumb-tip and made props for Houdini.
Houdini, Dr. Tyson and Ethel Demead discuss final arrangements of scheme. Click here for more details.
Snippet of Still 298-25 from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences
In a private office, Clifton Allison is standing at a desk and says: “You are a nephew of Cameron, Have you any influence with him?” Houdini laughs at this. He slowly shakes his head as he speaks. “He has threatened to shoot me on sight.”
Snippet of Still 298-2 from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences
With the help of Grimwood and his men, Dr. Harvey Tyson throws Houdini a surprise birthday party.
The men place Houdini near the center of a bear trap. They hold him down while attending one rope after another to his hands and feet, then they rise and let the body shoot upward.
Snippet of Still 298-65 from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences
Here is an image that I was given permission to post. It contains the first part of a Scranton article that appeared today in their lifestyles section of the Sunday Times Tribune.
The entire article can be found here at thetimes-tribune.com.
We are one week away from the premier of The Grim Game at the 2015 TCM Film Classic. In honor of this special occasion, I plan to tease you with a different Grim Game production still each day leading up to the event.
298 was the Paramount-Artcraft production number of The Grim Game. And production stills ranged from number 1 to 92 (e.g., 298-1 to 298-92). I was fortunate enough to be allowed access to see most of these Grim Game production stills at the Margaret Herrick Library, Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
When the Grim Game stills were published, for example in Newspapers, they would use the L302 ID number instead of 298, but the still number (e.g., 1 to xx) would remain the same in most cases. Still number 55 is an exception.
Below is still 298-55 from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences:
And below is an 8×10 still of L302-55 from my personal collection:
This is the only photo that I have seen of L302-55 that has the movie title in the image.
Please don’t confuse L302-60 with L302-55.