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Kevin Connolly
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I was watching "Freaks" last night and the guy who did the lead-in for the movie said that Tod Browning was an escape artist before working in Hollywood. He said it may or may not be true, since the info may have come from Browning or the studio. Did anyone ever hear Browning being an escape artist?
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I hope this helps you out. http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0115218/
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Don,

Thanks. Nothing there on his escape work.

Kevin
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Something Might be there could he of done anything in the movies he starred in.
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I don't think anyone knows what he did in his movies. Most of them that he acted in, 40-50 of them, are pre-1916. They most likely don't exist anymore.

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Kevin
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As a former film major in college I can tell you that Todd Browning was a sideshow and magic kinda guy. He had an extravagant imagination and saw everything in terms of how it could be exploited like a sideshow banner artwork. The original movie art to his films will bear this out, as well as most of the subject matter.
I had not ever heard that he was an escape artist specifically but there are many stories of his "odd-bizarre" times as a novelty entertainer prior to getting involved in film work.
To me Todd Browning is the element of the American success story that has to do with being the right person in the right place at the right time. I do think it would be interesting if he were still around to make films! What wonderful and bizzare things he could create today.
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IF you are really interested in his strange story...there is a bio book, it took me a couple days to locate it:

Dark Carnival: The Secret World of Tod Browning, Hollywood's Master of the Macabre

I don't know the authors name. Browning's life was a wild ride for sure.
"What's your drug?" she asked. "Hope" he said, "The most addicting one of all."
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Thanks for the info. I was just intersted in the escape end. He was an interesting guy.
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Always looking buy or trade for original Houdini, Hardeen and escape artist items. I'm interested in books, pitchbooks and ephemera. Email [email]hhoudini@optonline.net[/email]
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