Monday, March 4, 2019

Hardeen's new job

Today is the birthday of Houdini's brother Theo. Hardeen, born on March 4, 1876 in Budapest, Hungary. For the occasion, I thought I'd share this untypical profile of Hardeen from the February 14, 1920 issue of Motion Picture News. It is not about him as an escape artist, but as Vice President of Houdini's Film Developing Corporation, a role he played from 1917 to 1925. The photo is also one I've not seen before.

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Stay tuned for a deep dive into the FDC, including some unique trade advertisements and a description of the working plant itself. In the meantime...

Happy birthday Dash!



  1. Bill Rauscher's Monarch of Mystery is a book I dive into now and then. I like to open it at any page and read the surrounding chapter. Always something new about Hardeen to discover within its pages.

    1. Good book, but still waiting on an actual Hardeen biography. Very doable these days with, etc. His career path is pretty well documented.