Tuesday, December 4, 2012

The Master Mystery -- December 4, 2012

Escapologist Harry Houdini wanted to expand his exposure to the public, so he began to appear in movies starting in 1918 with the serial The Master Mystery.  I recently got to see it on a DVD set from Kino.  It doesn't make much sense, but this is typical of serial plots.  I liked the robot, Q the Automaton.  Its gang was called the Emissaries of the Automaton. Great name. William Desmond, star of the accompanying feature, was an early cowboy actor.

The ad is from the 21-October-1919 Bemidji Daily Pioneer.

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