1 day to go until premier of The Grim Game

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.

MHL PRINTS 008 298-9 snippetSnippet of Still 298-9 from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences

TO NIGHT! TO NIGHT! Friday March 27th, 101 YEARS AGO

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.

Fraser Autographs Auction Lot 227 March 20 2015

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)”.

Fraser Autographs Auction Lot 227 March 20 2015 image2

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.


5 days to go until premier of The Grim Game – Happy Birthday!

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.

MHL PRINTS 007 298-65 snippet

Snippet of Still 298-65 from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences


Houdini Museum owners behind effort to restore, share rare film

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.

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One Week and Counting – 7 days to go until premier of The Grim Game

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:

L302-55 with Movie Title 001

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.