Mr. Cox points out that the nascent film was to be based on Miracle Mongers and their Methods. We consider that book to be a must read for every fan of Houdini and the history of Spiritualism. Fortunately it is no available in the public domain and thus accessible to fans gratis.
We would have paid big money to see the film.
Thank you to Mr. Cox for finding this important piece of history and sharing it with us Houdini fans.
Please check out his full article at Wild About Harry here.
As we know, Houdini stepped away from movie making after he completed The Man From Beyond and Haldane of the Secret Service in 1921. So the idea he’d consider a return in 1925 is pretty interesting. It’s also interesting to see the name of Arthur B. Reeve, who co-wrote The Master Mystery and Houdini’s Hollywood films.In 1923 Houdini told the L.A. Times he planned to adapt his book Miracle Mongers and Their Methods into an “out-and-out stunt picture” following his Keith’s vaudeville tour. This item appeared the Monday after he completed that tour. So could this signal the start of that process?