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Sunday, February 23, 2014

Terror Island (1920)

Starring Harry Houdini, Jack Brammall, Lila Lee, Wilton Taylor, Eugene Pallette
Directed by James Cruze
(actor & director credits courtesy

A young woman recruits the inventor of a new submarine to help her rescue her father from bloodthirsty natives on a tropical island, but treasure sunk nearby also attracts her greedy relatives.

Real-life escape artist Harry Houdini stars in another film effort, which is hard to judge completely as a number of reels have been lost per the onscreen notes from the Kino Video release I viewed.  However,  the major structure of the film remains intact and I found it to be an engaging adventure, enlivened by Houdini's noble onscreen persona and some energetic underwater sequences.

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