Born Erich Weiss in Budapest Hungary in 1874, Harry Houdini is magic's most luminous legend. A master escape artist, debunker of charlatans, and a spiritual mystic who sought to commune with the dead, Houdini's name is now synonymous with miraculous, death-defying feats of escape. Houdini died in 1926 of peritonitis, nine days after his appendix was ruptured by an unexpected blow.
The Man from Beyond (1922, B&W, Silent): Frozen in the Arctic ice for a hundred years after pirates attacked his ship and abducted his fiancee, Howard Hillary (Harry Houdini) is thawed out and revived by Dr. Gregory Sinclair. Unaware that a century has passed, Hillary's only thought is to rescue his beloved Felice from the Pirate King. Dr. Sinclair worries that revealing the truth about Hillary's suspended animation will send the emotionally unstable man into a psychotic frenzy. Seeking the help of Professor Crawford Strange, Sinclair takes Hillary to the scholar's estate. At the Strange Mansion, the visitors find that the Professor has been missing for over a year and that his daughter Felice is about to marry Dr. Trent. Hillary believes that Felice Strange is his lost love. Convinced Hillary is insane, Dr. Trent has him imprisoned in a mental institution. Escaping from his dank cell, Hillary finds Professor Strange held captive in an underground dungeon and discovers that Trent is the criminal responsible for the kidnapping. The two rivals finally face off in a life or death struggle atop a treacherous precipice.
Terror Island (1920, B&W, Silent): Philanthropist Harry Harper takes his new invention, a deep diving submarine, to the Pacific on a quest to bring back sunken treasure, in order to fund a children's charity. Although his maps lead him to untold millions, he is pursued by treacherous Job Mordaunt, whose bloodthirsty crew are willing to kill for much less. Mordaunt's determination to steal the fortune away from Harper, will lead to an inevitable explosion of violence that only one can survive.
Haldane of The Secret Service (1923, B&W, Silent): Government agent Heath Haldane is determined to locate and bring to justice the mysterious Dr. Yu, all-powerful head of the Chinese underworld, responsible for international counterfeiting, narcotics smuggling and the murder of Haldane's father. In Washington Square, he rescues beautiful Adele Ormsby who is being attacked by a gang of thugs. He follows her to a stately brownstone where she lives with her uncle, retired ambassador Edward Ormsby. He falls in love with the girl despite indications that she and her uncle are involved with the counterfeiters. Following the pair to Scotland, London and finally Paris, Haldane draws ever closer to the evil criminal mastermind, Dr.Yu, but refuses to believe the mounting evidence, that his lady love is deeply involved with the murderous criminal organization.