Houdini in The Grim Game

$25    |  May 3, 2019  |  8:00PM - 9:30PM


Everyone is invited to step back into 1919 -- one hundred years ago -- and see this lost classic as it was meant to be seen, with live accompaniment by the doyen of silent film musicians, Michael Mortilla, and violinist Nicole Garcia. This exciting event will be introduced by Houdini expert John Cox (www.wildabouthoudini.com).  Michael will talk about the importance of music in the silent era.


The Grim Game is a silent drama that showcases Houdini's astonishing, world-famous talents as an escapologist, stunt performer and aviator. The film presents a series of Houdini's trademark stunts and escapes and builds to an airplane pursuit climaxed by a mid-air collision.

The film was considered lost for decades until it was rediscovered, restored and shown in 2015. It’s a fascinating cinematic record, revealing the reason that Houdini was one of the biggest stars of the early 20th century.


Proceeds from this special event will be shared equally by the Playhouse and the Catalina Island Museum, which is generously providing this film.


The Grim Game. Adventure. Directed by Irvin Willat. Written by Willat, John W. Grey, Arthur B. Reeve, Walter Woods. Produced by Jesse L. Lasky. From Paramount Pictures. (Black-and-white, 1919, USA, 71 minutes, not rated) Starring Harry Houdini, Ann Forrest, Mae Busch, Thomas Jefferson, Augustus Phillips, Tully Marshall. Jailed unjustly for a murder he did not commit, a young man uses his amazing powers of escape to free himself and pursue the actual killers, who hold his fiancée captive. Silent.