Monday, August 29, 2016

Restoring Terror Island (Reel 3)

Joe Notaro at Harry Houdini Circumstantial Evidence has undertaken the task of "restoring" Reel 3 of Houdini's Terror Island using photos and script excerpts from the Margaret Herrick Academy Library in Los Angeles. While Terror Island is missing two full reels (3 & 4), Joe is just tackling just those scenes missing from the Kino explanation cards which fill in the gaps on the current DVD release. Below are links to all four installments.

As the action proceeds to Reel 4, Harper (Houdini) escapes from a burning wearhouse and an overboard box. Soon, all find themselves heading out to sea on their way to Terror Island.

Thanks to Joe for taking on this important work. Here's hoping one day we might see the film itself restored.

UPDATERestoring Terror Island (Reel 4)



  1. John Hinson great nephew of Bess and Harry HoudiniAugust 29, 2016 at 9:05 AM

    My grandparents own all the movie before, the fire department to get rid of them.because of what the flim made of, my father used to charge 2 cents to what the movie.

  2. Hopefully Larry Weeks films will be recovered as I think the The Grim Game,Master Mystery and Terror Island may have be rescued by him in the 1940's.

  3. What's going on with the MM and Terror Island? Did somebody steal them from Larry's apartment? Is the NYPD hot on the trail?

  4. Yes, they all are missing.