Poster Image created from still photo 298-8
That is, I have had the distinct pleasure and honor to be allowed access to the Margaret Herrick’s Library Special Collection file of original production stills from The Grim Game. I can tell you it was an amazing experience that I will never forget. There were 10 envelopes in the file that contained 87 unique stills ranging from Production# 298-1 to Production# 298-92. All 92 production numbers were accounted for with the exception of these ten: 298-3, 298-33, 298-34, 298-35, 298-36, 298-37, 298-58, 298-66, 298-76 and 298-90. Now, there were four stills in the file that did not have the production number on it, so they could account for four out of the ten missing; plus I have also seen 298-3 (L302-3, mid-air collision), 298-34 (plane), and three other stills (jail scene and two other mid-air plane images) without the production number that could account for five more of the ten missing. Plus, the infamous L302-55 (298-55) image was not in the file, but a totally different image for 298-55 was in the file. And there were two images of 298-27 in the file that are totally different images. So, there is no guarantee the stills are all correctly numbered. In addition: Production numbers 19, 20, and 21 were marked with 289-19, 289-20, and 289-21 as opposed to 298-19, 298-20, and 298-21. And, some of the production numbers were written in pen on the still.
So, based on this circumstantial evidence, I can pretty much say that I have now seen and cataloged most of the production stills for The Grim Game.
Poster Image created from still photo 298-71
Here are some interesting counts of the 87 unique stills found in the special collection file at the Margaret Herrick’s Library:
- Harry Houdini was in all 87 stills; Yes, I said ALL. I don’t think you can say that for his other movies.
- Ann Forrest was in 21 stills.
- A Straw Hat was in 17 stills.
- The Jail was in 15 stills.
- An airplane was in 13 stills
If you or someone you know has a 298 or L302 image from The Grim Game with any of the following numbers (33, 35, 36, 37, 58, 66, 76 or 90) on it, please send me an email describing the image, so that I can correctly catalog all of the stills for The Grim Game.
Also, if you have an image from The Grim Game that is missing the production number on it, and would like to know what the production number is for that image, send an email and I will be glad to identify it for you.