Friday, August 6, 2010

Poseidon Turns in it's Grave

Los Angeles -- In 1972, a film trailer came on TV, advertising The Poseidon Adventure. I was 11-years old and had never seen a "PG" movie. My folk's asked if I be interested. Dumb question! This would be my first "Parental Guidance" film.

The Hastings Theater in Pasadena is empty now, but I will never forget the thrill of the curtain opening to one of the biggest screens of it's time and watching in horror as the ship was toppled by a rouge wave and capsized. I was not disappointed with the film but mourned the loss of such a great ship.

Well, I found it! The ship is stored on display at the Los Angeles Maritime Museum. It is a replica of the Queen Mary and was built as a model for the film, The Poseidon Adventure.

6 comments:

Naturedigital said...

Great photograph and story JT.
Costas

Luis Gomez said...

This is so cool. Great post!

this too will pass said...

super photo... I recall Shirley Maclaine wallowing like a walrus in the water

JT said...

I believe Shelley Winters was the big swimmer. She's always got flack for that role

Petrea said...

Great story. And I love your links. ;)

Pasadena Adjacent said...

That was a great period. The dulldrums of the post 60's with a backdrop of disaster movies...Towering Inferno, Earthquake and punk around the corner