Monday, June 16, 2014

Unpublished Houdini: Street shoot

Here's an unpublished shot of Houdini filming street scenes with an unidentified cameraman. This was most likely taken in Europe during Houdini's return tour in 1920 when he was heavily involved in making movies. Footage he shot during this tour would untimely appear in his 1923 feature, Haldane of the Secret Service.

"I think the film profession is the greatest and that the moving picture is the most wonderful thing in the world."
– Harry Houdini

This photo comes from the collection our good friend and benefactor, John C. Hinson, the great nephew of Harry and Bess Houdini. You can check out more unpublished photos from the Hinson family collection HERE.



  1. After his disasters with the FDC and failure to get his film production career off the ground, I wonder what Houdini thought of the film profession.

  2. He talked about making movies with Sam Smilovitz.
    That "cameraman" looks very much like Charles Morritt, the inventor of the Elephant Vanish, Good Bye Winter, Hello Summer, etc.