In my last 2 posts (Nov 4 and Nov 11), I shared two color ads announcing different release dates for the Houdini Serial that premiered 99 years ago today:
What I didn’t share was the reverse side of these ads telling you to book the Houdini Serial (The Master Mystery):
I also didn’t share that it was shown at a special trade show on November 7, 1918 at the Strand Theatre in New York City before it officially premiered in Boston on November 18, 1918.
The Houdini Serial, The Master Mystery, to be released on November 11th (Armistice Day) as opposed to November 4th, according to the following ad (Oct 26) from Motion Picture News:
As it turned out, the first showing of The Master Mystery was November 18th, 1918 in Boston.
That said, production plans have been shattered by the epidemic and the war. Peace means profits according to the following ads (Nov 16, Nov 30) from Motion Picture News:
Armistice Day (which coincides with Remembrance Day and Veterans Day, public holidays) is commemorated every year on 11 November. Please honor and remember those who have served in the Armed Forces.
99 years ago today was to be the release date of the Houdini Serial aka “The Master Mystery” according to the following advertisement (Oct 12) from Motion Picture News:
Was that really the release date? Will explore this further next week.