The 1998 made-for-TV movie “Houdini,” starring Johnathon Schaech, is available on DVD. My favorite part is the opening scene in which the Great One is chained up almost totally naked in a jail cell and gets gagged with a leather face covering!
Do you have any favorite movies featuring locking metal bondage?
There have been a number of theatrical and TV movies about The Great One over the years. This is not a comprehensive list, but I think these are all the major ones. Which is your favorite actor who played the famed escape artist?
The classic 1953 movie, called “Houdini,” stars Tony Curtis:
There was also a 1998 movie called “Houdini” starring Johnathon Schaech:
“The Great Houdinis” (aka “The Great Houdini”) is a made-for-TV movie from 1976 starring Paul Michael Glaser from Starsky and Hutch.
There was also a two-part, four-hour TV miniseries on the History Channel in 2014 called “Houdini” starring Adrien Brody
Somewhere I have a picture collage of all four of these guys, but I can’t find it.
Special thanks to my Fire Island housemate David!
The great Houdini never tried to escape from anything made by Dr Mad Max!
See more of Max Cita at his websites, here and here
Houdini died on this day today (Halloween, Oct. 31) back in 1926, in Detroit, and this afternoon (Halloween day, 2018) I paid a visit to his gravesite in Queens, New York.
Houdini rests amongst his relatives in an elaborate family plot at Machpelah Cemetery in Glendale. From Manhattan, it was an hour-long trip on the subway and then a 20-minute hike.
As a tribute to Houdini, I left a pair of police-issue Smith and Wesson Model 100-1 handcuffs that I had specially engraved with his name. I made sure to double-lock the cuffs before leaving them.
Smith & Wesson Model 100-1, nickel
Engraved, too. I wore these while beating off this past week, in honor of the great one.
These items are on display at Disneyland in California.