The Grim Game

Director: Irvin Willat 1919 71 Minutes All ages
The Grim Game Sun 13 Oct
TIX AT VENUE ONLY 10:30am 71mins Australian Cinémathèque GOMA

A rare screening of The Grim Game, a long-lost film starring Harry Houdini, presented on the 100th anniversary of its original release.

The first Hollywood feature film starring the master escape artist, this thrilling silent caper finds Houdini as Harvey Hanford, a go-getter journalist who is framed for the murder of his ill-tempered uncle. His quest to clear his name and get the girl finds him breaking out of handcuffs and chains and ending up on the wing of a bi-plane in mid-air. Lost for decades, the film was unearthed in a Houdini fan’s secret archive and has now been digitally restored. See the iconic showman’s thrills and spills on the silver screen in this high-stakes adventure. The Grim Game screens with a new live score on the Gallery’s 1929 Wurlitzer organ by David Bailey.


Classification:All ages
Language:Silent with English intertitles
Director:Irvin Willat
Producer:Jesse L Lasky
Cast:Harry Houdini, Ann Forrest, Augustus Phillips
Script:Irvin Willat, Walter Woods
Program strand:Features
Rights:Park Circus