I've just returned from the Warner Bros. Corporate Archives where I spent 4 1/2 fascinating hours examining a file on what I believe is the earliest attempt by a studio to mount a major "Houdini" biopic. And, no, it's not this one. And, yes, they did have a star in mind.
I think this is a first, and I think Houdini history could be made right here at our humble little blog.
This might take me a while to work up (I have a wealth of material to work through), but I just wanted to give a heads-up and a little tease. Watch this space.
UPDATE: Here's we go. "RKO 589: Discovering Hollywood's first Houdini film"