Sunday, January 6, 2013

LINK: In search of the lost plane to plane transfer from Houdini (1953)

Our friend Joe Notaro of Harry Houdini Circumstantial Evidence is branching out from his singular focus on The Grim Game and today has a terrific investigation into the missing plane transfer footage from the classic 1953 movie, Houdini.

Joe has done some digging in the Margaret Herrick Academy Library and has uncovered new details about the cut scene, including that it was shot on October 31, 1952 (Halloween - nice). It's also interesting to note that the scene was shot in black and white.

This is great stuff, so click on the headline to read about Houdini's lost plane transfer at Harry Houdini Circumstantial Evidence.


  1. Are you thinking what I'm thinking: It was in B&W because it represents a scene from Houdini's silent movie career.

    Re: Notaro's blog on this, I would think the photo of Janet Leigh in a lace straitjacket was a publicity shot, not something intended for the movie.

  2. I concur on both accounts. B&W for a silent film montage and publicity shots of Janet Leigh (i.e., there was no mention of her escaping from a lace straitjacket in any of the versions of the script that I read.