~The Master Mystery~
Directed by:
Harry Grossman
Burton L. King

Written by:
Arthur B. Reeve
Charles Logue

Harry Houdini ... Quentin Locke (as Houdini)
Marguerite Marsh ... Eva Brent
Ruth Stonehouse ... Zita Dane
Edna Britton ... De Luxe Dora
William Pike ... Paul Balcom
Charles E. Graham ... Herbert Balcom
Floyd Buckley ... Q the Automaton
Jack Burns ... Peter Brent
~Remaining Credits~

Production Company: Rolfe Photoplays

Distribution Company: Octagon Films Inc.

Produced by: B.A. Rolfe
Music by: Michael Mortilla
Cinematography by: William A. Reinhart
Stunt Double for Harry Houdini: Bob Rose

Length: 30 Reels and 15 Episodes
Released: 1919 - 1920
~Plot Synopsis~
This independently produced serial starred world-famous magician and escape artist Harry Houdini
as Quintin Locke, a secret service agent battling an international conspiracy to suppress any sort of
scientific progress. Among the conspirators are the vicious DeLuxe Dora (Ruth Stonehouse), the
"Madagascar Strangler" (William Pike), and a strange would-be robot known only as Q. (Floyd
Buckley). The ubiquitously imperiled heroine was played by Marguerite Marsh, the older sister of
Griffith star Mae Marsh. Despite Houdini's enormous fame, The Master Mystery proved a
disappointing failure. The problem, apparently, was the great escape artist himself who, a stickler for
authenticity, escaped his many perils too easily.

Plot Synopsis by Hans J. Wollstein, AllMovie.com