Saturday, April 1, 2006

Mystic Circle Murder coming to DVD

No, this is not an April Fools Day joke. It appears the most obscure Houdini-related film will be the first to see an official release on DVD. According to this listing on, Mystic Circle Murder will be released on DVD May 23, 2006.

This low-budget film made in 1938 famously features a cameo by Beatrice Houdini playing herself (billed as "Madame Houdini" in the credits). Also known by the title Religious Racketeers, the film stars Betty Compson and Robert Friske and was directed by Frank O’Conner. While the film itself is pretty tedious, it's really a must-own for Houdini buffs as it's the only sound film of Bessie in existence (luckily, her cameo is very early in the movie).

My only question the heck do we see this on DVD before Paramount’s HOUDNI with Tony Curtis and Janet Leigh?

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