Friday, September 21, 2018

Let's nominate The Grim Game to the National Film Registry

Every year the National Film Preservation Board at the Library of Congress selects 25 films to showcase the range and diversity of American film heritage and increase awareness for its preservation. The public can suggest which films they think are worthy by nominating up to 50 films.

So let's get a Houdini movie in the mix! Heck, with 50 choices, we can nominate all of Houdini's movies. But let's at least be uniform in nominating what most consider his best film, The Grim Game (1919).

Here's how to do it:

  • Click to visit the 2018 National Film Registry Nomination Form.
  • You will be asked for your email address and how you heard about the site (feel free to say you heard about them from Wild About Harry).
  • You'll then have the opportunity to nominate up to 50 films, listing each by title and year.
  • Please enter The Grim Game as the title and 1919 as the year. 
  • If you'd like to list his other films, they are: The Master Mystery (1918);  Terror Island (1920); The Man From Beyond (1922); Haldane of the Secret Service (1923). I also entered the Tony Curtis biopic Houdini (1953), because there's a lot to recommend that film as choice example of American cinema.

Thanks for your support and feel free to spread the word! It would be terrifc to see The Grim Game or any Houdini movie make the 2018 list.

Speaking of The Grim Game, I will be showing the film along with giving a talk about Houdini in cinema at the Jewish Museum of Maryland in Baltimore on November 4. Click for details.



  1. I just nominated all six!

    1. Great! I think some of his outdoor escape footage is also worthy. They did add stuff like this to the registry. His Rochester Bridge jump film for example. Just not sure how to write that in.