The Grim Game 18

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This film was last shown on 20 July 2016

Escapologist and illusionist Harry Houdini plays a man framed and imprisoned who escapes his cell and ruthlessly pursues the criminals who set him up. Lost for many years, this film was rediscovered in 2014 in the Brooklyn apartment of a retired juggler. It's full of outlandish, breathtaking sequences, including Houdini's world famous escape from a straitjacket while suspended from a skyscraper and a real-life mid-air plane collision which was later incorporated into the plot.

Live musical accompaniment by Jonathan Best.

Director
Irvan Willat
Country
USA
Year
1919
Duration
71 mins
Cast
Ann Forrest, Augustus Phillips, Harry Houdini, Thomas Jefferson, Tully Marshall

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