Sweetheart Wife.as you have fought side by side with me almost Twenty-seven years in the battle for our existence as "wonder workers" – you will know the heart throbs the people living in this book had to go through as Miracle Mongers. Your Devoted Husband,Harry Houdini
For his leading lady, Houdini hired an old vaudeville friend, Jane Connolly. Connolly had no experience in movies and at age 38 was a far cry from the teenage ingenues typical of the silent screen. But at least she was an age appropriate love interest for her 47-year-old leading man (or 147 as the story goes). Also brought onboard was Nita Naldi, a bonafide movie star who had co-starred with John Barrymore in Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde and would soon star opposite Rudolph Valentino in Blood and Sand. The "female Valentino", as she was sometimes called, Naldi would play the de rigueur "vamp" of the movie, Marie Le Grande. Inexplicably, the surviving film offers no scenes in which Houdini and Naldi appear onscreen together. This is either a marked failing of Houdini the tyro screenwriter, or a scene was lost when The Man From Beyond was cut down from seven reels to six for general release.
On December 9, Variety reported that Houdini had struck a $25,000 deal with Keith's vaudeville for a 10 week tour commencing Christmas week in Boston. Houdini swung back into action, literally, with a suspended straitjacket escape from the Boston Post building on December 21. On stage at Keith's, where he had once escaped from the belly of a sea-monster, he shared the bill with Santa Claus who opened each show by handing out gifts to the children. On his second night "several hundred" members of the Magicians Club of Boston attended the show, cheering Houdini as he escaped from his Water Torture Cell. After the show they gathered for a celebration backstage. Houdini even found time to publish a new short story, "The Magician's Christmas Eve", in The Vaudeville News.
However, when he found himself in a stalled Boston elevated train, Houdini decided to attempt a movie hero style escape and jumped from the train. But there was no stuntman or safety line to help sell this "gag", and on landing he slipped on the ice and injured his hip.