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Harry Houdini was the master of publicity, and these rare newsreel films show how he captured the imagination of the media through outdoor stunts and celebrity appearances around the world.
Over 45 minutes
Includes: Excerpts from The Marvelous Exploits of Houdini (1909): An extensive reconstruction of the surviving fragments of a Pathe short of Houdini in Paris. Long-lost footage of his pioneer aviation and history's first flight over Australia. Various escapes, including a bridge jump and overboard packing crate escape. Several upside-down straitjacket escapes publicizing his show and sales of war bonds by hanging upside-down from local buildings. Casual footage of Houdini with Harry Kellar, Bess Houdini, and others. News coverage of Houdini's 1926 funeral. Film of Houdini's brother Hardeen and audio track of a 1939 radio interview.