Last Week, Random Treasures International had their inaugural auction that had approximately 25 Houdini items up for bid. Twelve of the items got passed on without a bid, including a Buried Alive Poster for $13,000. The starting bids were awfully high on most items IMHO. The items that did sell were the photos and movie related items and they went between $200 and $410 w/o auction fees, despite many of them being cropped on the web-page. I bid on one item and won, or at least I thought I did, but when I checked the site later, there was no confirmation. I sent an email via LiveAuctioneers to Random Treasures International requesting status, but never heard anything one way or another. I guess it wasn’t meant to be. That said, there were three Grim Game stills for sale, L302-54 (Lot 80), L302-14 (Lot 82) and L302-42 (Lot 84) which I would like to comment on:
To read about the events that led up to Houdini going over the wall in the movie, see the following post: Over the Edge With Death Below and Imprisonment Above!
To read about why Houdini is being visited at the jail cell in the movie, see the following post: THE GRIM GAME Cinema Trade Promotion (Stills 298-54 and 298-63)
And keep reading this blog to find out what the scene in still L302-42 is all about:
As Houdini creeps toward the door of the Lodge, the unknown assailant seizes a bolo from the wall and hides under the cot. Houdini cautiously, closes the door behind him and strikes a match. He throws the burning match on the floor, then turns and starts towards Ethel’s unconscious form. He steps in his tracks as the burning match which he dropped near the cot is put out by a hand from under the cot. Houdini is standing very close to the cot when he sees this.
We see Houdini’s boots standing near the cot. The bolo swings viciously toward them and they crumble.
We then see that Houdini, has swung himself to the rafter, leaving the boots on the floor. He swings his legs over the rafter, reaches down and lifts the cot from over his man. In the light we recognize Allison.
Houdini drops from the rafter and a terrific fight ensues between Allison armed with the bolo and Houdini. [Paraphrased from Paramount Files at Margaret Herrick Library]