Justice Department agent Quentin Locke must investigate a powerful cartel protected by a robot (here referred to as "The Automaton") and using a gas weapon "The Madagascar Madness".
You have heard about "The Handcuff King" and the mysterious manner in which he escapes from everything. So far it has been impossible to confine Houdini in anything he could not get out of. He shows how it is done in the greatest serial ever produced. (Print Ad- Daily Colonist, ((Victoria BC)) 30 March 1919)
Did You Know?
A special showing of the first four episodes were given at the Strand Theatre, New York, November 6 . Each episode contained one of Houdini's famous escapes. (The Moving Picture World, November 23, 1918) See more
During the fight on the staircase at the end of chapter one, a large vase can be seen both in long shots and close-ups, sitting on the banister. Then, as the fight continues, the vase disappears in close ups, but remains in long shots. See more