Tuesday, September 15, 2015

The Grim Game screening in New York

TCM's restoration of Houdini's The Grim Game will screen tomorrow, September 16, at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. According to the museum, it is a private screening for MoMA Film Plus Members. Producer Rick Schmidlin will be there along with some of the restoration team to talk about the restoration of the film.

Tomorrow will also see a public screening of The Grim Game at the Northbrook Public Library in Northbrook, Illinois. The film will be shown in their auditorium at 1:00 PM and 7:30 PM with live piano accompaniment by Dave Drazin.

For those frustrated that they can't attend either screening, know that The Grim Game will have its television debut on October 18 on TCM.



  1. Glad to see it finally being screened in New York. Especially, since it opened in New York at the B.S. Moss’ Broadway Theatre on August 25, 1919 with a symphony orchestra. Seeing it restored on a big screen in Hollywood with live music was an amazing experience. Can't wait for everyone to experience it.

    1. There was talk of having a "New York premiere" from almost the beginning. I knew this was in the works, but didn't find out until yesterday that it was actually happening. Unfortunately, it somehow became a private event. But soon everyone will be able to see the film.

  2. This was in no way a "New York premiere", private and not open to the public. Schmidlin kept it secret until the last minute. He had to know weeks in advance of this showing and kept us out of it, although from the beginning he promised he would include us in any such event. Similar to what happened with us going to Hollywood. Without us this restoration would have never happened. It took us years to get Larry Weeks to turn over the movie. We are amazed as we travel how many people we run into who tried to pry the movie from Larry to no avail. He had even agreed to sell it to us on several occasions and then backed away. The toughest were the final weeks when we convinced Larry to meet alone with a total stranger in his apartment. We take pride in the fact that Larry trusted us with his life. Larry told us he would like us there for that first meeting. But that was the condition set up by Schmidlin. Schmidlin wanted total control of the project and kept us away. Schmidlin promised us a lot and delivered little. It was TCM that made it all happen for us. We gave Schmidlin the opportunity of a lifetime and he keeps us out at every turn.

    Dorothy Dietrich and Dick Brookz
    The Houdini Museum
    The Only Building in the World Dedicated to Houdini