Friday, November 26, 2010

When Indy met Harry

Houdini and Indiana Jones? Yep. Check out this clip from The Adventures of Young Indiana Jones ("Daredevils in the Desert") and find out how young Indy met Harry Houdini.



Of course, Indy, played here by Sean Patrick Flanery, is referring to Houdini’s brief career as a pioneer aviator when he became the first man to fly a plane in Australia in 1910. Apparently, he did so with Indiana Jones by his side!

It’s possible this is more than just a throwaway line of dialogue. When it first aired on CBS from 1992 to 1993, The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles (as it was originally called) alternated episodes set during two different periods of young Indy’s life; Indy as a teen (played by Flanery), and a pre-teen boy (played by Corey Carrier). This could be a reference to an episode that was planned for for the pre-teen Indy at some point in the future. Unfortunately, the series did not last that long.

Interestingly, there is a second Houdini connection in this particular episode. It co-stars a young Catherine Zeta-Jones who appeared in the most recent Houdini film, Death Defying Acts.

“Daredevils of the Desert” was released on DVD as part of The Adventures of Young Indiana Jones Vol 2: The War Years.

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