Thursday, October 8, 2020

Six Year Anniversary!


It has been six years since I began this blog. Last year I shared a list with my favorite film from each year starting with 1928. I had to skip a few years because I either hadn’t seen any from that year or the ones I had seen I didn’t really care for. This year I’m able to fill in a few of those “blanks:”

1929 - 
1930 - Wide Open - Edward Everett Horton 

1970 - 
1971 - 
1972 - A Warm December - Sidney Poitier 
1973 - Paper Moon - Ryan & Tatum O’Neal
1974 - 
1975 - Three Days of the Condor - Robert Redford & Faye Dunaway

CHANGE 1978 from Hooper to - Foul Play - Goldie Hawn & Chevy Chase 

1981 - Gallipoli - Mel Gibson (likely to change)
1984 - Protocol - Goldie Hawn (likely to change)

1991 - 
2013 - 
2020 - this would have probably been the new James Bond...

Saturday, October 3, 2020

Movies I Watched in September

The League of Gentlemen (1961)

This month I watched some movies that have been on my “to watch” list for a long time: The Gold Rush, Foreign Correspondent, Sun Valley Serenade (Sonja Henie was cute!), and Sergeant York. I also started binging Sister, Sister on Netflix. Who else misses the 90s?
  1. The Gold Rush (1925) - Charlie Chaplin 
  2. The Last of Mrs. Cheney (1929) - Norma Shearer & Basil Rathbone, Hedda Hopper
  3. Flying Down to Rio (1933) - Dolores Del Rio & Gene Raymond, Fred Astaire & Ginger Rogers 
  4. Nick Carter, Master Detective (1939) - Walter Pidgeon, Donald Meek
  5. Sky Murder (1940) - Walter Pidgeon, Donald Meek
  6. Foreign Correspondent (1940) - Joel McCrea & Laraine Fay, Herbert Marshall, George Sanders, Edmund Gwenn 
  7. Sergeant York (1941) - Gary Cooper & Joan Leslie, Walter Brennan, George Tobias, Ward Bond
  8. Sun Valley Serenade (1941) - Sonja Henie & John Payne, Milton Berle, Glenn Miller
  9. *Now, Voyager (1942) - Bette Davis & Paul Henreid, Claude Rains, Gladys Cooper, Bonita Granville
  10. We Were Dancing (1942) - Norma Shearer & Melvyn Douglas, Gail Patrick, Lee Bowman, Marjorie Main, Reginald Owen, Alan Mowbray
  11. Her Cardboard Lover (1942) - Norma Shearer & Robert Taylor, George Sanders, Frank McHugh
  12. The Crystal Ball (1943) - Ray Milland & Paulette Goddard, Gladys George
  13. Pan-Americana (1945) - Philip Terry & Audrey Long, Eve Arden, Robert Benchley
  14. Of Human Bondage (1946) - Paul Henreid & Eleanor Parker, Alexis Smith, Edmund Gwenn, Janis Paige
  15. A Dangerous Profession (1949) - George Raft & Ella Raines, Pat O’Brien, Jim Backus, Bill Williams
  16. The Secret Fury (1950) - Claudette Colbert & Robert Ryan
  17. Devil’s Doorway (1950) - Robert Taylor, Louis Calhern, Paula Raymond, Marshall Thompson, Edward Buchanan, Spring Byington 
  18. Westward the Women (1951) - Robert Taylor
  19. Latin Lovers (1953) - Lana Turner & Ricardo Montalban, John Lund, Louis Calhern, Jean Hagen, Beulah Bondi, Rita Moreno
  20. Carmen Jones (1954) - Dorothy Dandridge & Harry Belafonte, Pearl Bailey, Diahann Carroll
  21. Nightfall (1956) - Aldo Ray & Anne Bancroft, Brian Keith
  22. The Prince and the Showgirl (1957) - Marilyn Monroe & Laurence Olivier 
  23. Cry Terror! (1958) - James Mason & Inger Stevens, Rod Steiger, Angie Dickinson, Neville Brand
  24. Party Girl (1958) - Robert Taylor & Cyd Charisse, Lee J. Cobb, John Ireland
  25. The Wreck of the Mary Deare (1959) - Gary Cooper, Charlton Heston, Richard Harris, Michael Redgrave 
  26. The League of Gentlemen (1961) - Jack Hawkins, Robert Livesly
  27. Girls! Girls! Girls! (1962) - Elvis Presley, Laurel Goodwin, Stella Stevens
  28. *Come Fly with Me (1963) - Dolores Hart & Karlheinz Bohm, Karl Malden & Lois Nettleton, Hugh O’Brian & Pamela Tiffin 
  29. *Man’s Favorite Sport (1964) - Rock Hudson & Paula Prentiss 
  30. Charro! (1969) - Elvis Presley 
  31. Skyjacked (1972) - Charlton Heston, Yvette Mimieux, James Brolin, Mike Henry, Walter Pidgeon, Nicholas Hammond, Jeanne Crain
Elvis: That’s the Way It Is (1970)
This is Elvis (1981)

Anne Bancroft & Aldo Ray in Nightfall (1956).

Least Favorite Film: Flying Down to Rio needed a stronger leading man. I don't really get the charm of Gene Raymond but apparently he had appeal in the early 30s. Also the finale was ridiculous. Charro! could have been better. Pan-Americana would have been better with Robert Cummings in the lead.

Favorite Movie: Her Cardboard Lover was hilarious. Also greatly enjoyed The Wreck of the Mary Deare. The first half was especially exciting. I highly recommend Westward the WomenNightfall was really good. What are some of your favorite snowy noirs?

John Payne in a cozy sweater in Sun Valley Serenade (1941)

Tuesday, September 15, 2020

Sunshine Blogger Award!


Hamlette of Hamlette's Soliloquy nominated me for a Sunshine Blogger Award! Thanks Hamlette!!

Rules:

1. Thank the blogger who nominated you in the blog post and link back to their blog.
2. Answer the 11 questions the blogger asked you.
3. Nominate 11 new blogs to receive the award and write them 11 new questions.
4. List the rules and display the Sunshine Blogger Award logo in your post and/or on your blog.

Questions:


1.  What's something good that's happened to you this year? Everyone in my family is still healthy and have been able to keep working. And we've been able to go to church since May (a month or so of outdoor services followed by indoor with plenty of precautionary measures). And in the recent hurricane named after me (Laura), my relatives survived with only minor damage to their homes.

2.  What was your favorite movie when you were ten years old? Probably The Quiet Man (1952). John Wayne has been the guy for me for as long as I can remember ;)




3.  Have you ever discovered you now like a movie or book that you used to dislike? When I first saw The Maltese Falcon (1941) I was so disappointed by the ending I said the entire movie stunk. Then I gave it a second chance and realized how amazing it is. But usually my first inclination stays with me.




4.  How long have you been blogging? Well, I started my first blog, Solidmoonlight, in late 2012. I started my movie blog in October 2014. 


5.  What's your favorite joke? "Fat and Skinny went to bed. Fat rolled over. Skinny's dead."

 ~ Morey Amsterdam

6.  What's a movie or book that people are surprised to learn you enjoy? They might be surprised when they first learn I love Rocky (1976). I have three Rocky t-shirts so I don't always have to tell them ;)


Wearing my Rocky shirt on another set of stairs that Sylvester Stallone ran on. I didn't know it at the time, but Jack Lemmon chased Stallone down these stairs located at the Bethesda Terrace in Central Park in The Prisoner of Second Avenue (1975). You can watch the scene below. 


7.  Do you play croquet? *opens mouth extremely wide and curtsy's* YES! Your Majesty.



8.  How many blog posts have you published? On this blog, 420.


9.  What's the next book you plan to read? Well, the next book I WANT to read is Straight Shooting by Robert Stack. As soon as my library starts letting people request items from other libraries I will!




10. What's the next movie you plan to watch? Whatever's next on my TCM watchlist :)


11.  Do you want to build a snowman? I'd rather go sledding :)


I always struggle to come up with bloggers who haven't already been nominated so I'm just going to stop here :)

Tuesday, September 1, 2020

Movies I Watched in August

King Creole (1958)

This month I finally got to see all of Duel at Diablo (1966). I caught the end of it on tv several years ago and have wanted to see it since. I started The Barbara Stanwyck Show (free trial of Amazon Prime).

I read three Classic movie books this month: Errol & Olivia: Ego & Obsession in Golden Era Hollywood by Robert Matzen (his books are so informative), The Many Faces of Joséphine Baker by Peggy Caravantes (the first couple chapters were tough to read, she had a horrific childhood), and Images of America: Early Warner Bros. Studio by E.J. Stephens.
  1. A Dog’s Life (1918) - Charlie Chaplin & Edna Purviance
  2. Thirty Day Princess (1934) - Sylvia Sidney & Cary Grant, Edward Arnold
  3. Romeo and Juliet (1936) - Norma Shearer & Leslie Howard, John Barrymore, C. Aubrey Smith, Reginald Denny, Edna May Oliver, Andy Devine
  4. Phantom Raiders (1940) - Walter Pidgeon, Donald Meek, Florence Rice, John Carroll, Cecil Kellaway 
  5. Lady of Burlesque (1943) - Barbara Stanwyck 
  6. Escape in the Fog (1945) - Nina Foch
  7. Embraceable You (1948) - Dane Clark & Geraldine Brooks, S.Z. Sakall
  8. *Room for One More (1952) - Cary Grant & Betsy Drake, George ‘Foghorn’ Winslow
  9. Against All Flags (1953) - Errol Flynn & Maureen O’Hara, Anthony Quinn
  10. Blackout (1954) - Dane Clark
  11. The Weak and the Wicked (1954) - Glynis Johns, Diana Dors
  12. Escape to Burma (1955) - Robert Ryan & Barbara Stanwyck, Reginald Denny 
  13. Great Day in the Morning (1956) - Virginia Mayo, Robert Stack, Ruth Roman, Raymond Burr
  14. King Creole (1958) - Elvis Presley & Dolores Hart, Carolyn Jones, Walter Matthau, Dean Jagger, Vic Morrow
  15. Sergeant Rutledge (1960) - Woody Strode, Jeffrey Hunter, Constance Towers, Billie Burke
  16. *The Birds (1963) - Tippi Hedren & Rod Taylor, Jessica Tandy, Suzanne Pleshette
  17. Fun in Acapulco (1963) - Elvis Presley, Ursula Andress, Paul Lukas 
  18. Seven Days in May (1964) - Kirk Douglas, Burt Lancaster, Fredric March, Ava Gardner, Martin Balsam, Edmond O’Brien
  19. Duel at Diablo (1966) - James Garner, Sidney Poitier, Bibi Anderson, Bill Travers
  20. Paradise, Hawaiian Style (1966) - Elvis Presley 
  21. Easy Come, Easy Go (1967) - Elvis Presley, Dodie Marshall, Pat Priest, Frank McHugh, Elsa Lanchester
  22. Foul Play (1978) - Goldie Hawn & Chevy Chase, Burgess Meredith 
  23. Protocol (1984) - Goldie Hawn
  24. Little Nikita (1988) - Sidney Poitier, River Phoenix 
  25. Submergence (2017) - Alicia Vikander & James McAvoy 
Charlie Chaplin shorts (1914-1922)
Screen Directors Playhouse: Rookie of the Year (1955) - John Wayne, Patrick Wayne, James Gleason
Theatre 62: Rebecca (1962) - James Mason & Joan Hackett, Nina Foch
Elvis Thru the Years (2007)

Least Favorite Film: Paradise, Hawaiian Style was not that great. Even the gorgeous Hawaiian scenery couldn’t save it.

Favorite Movie: Foul Play was hilarious!! I loved Embraceable You (1948). It was so sweet. I was really impressed with Elvis’s acting in King Creole!




Friday, July 31, 2020

Movies I Watched in July

House of Bamboo (1955)

Well, this month I randomly fell for Robert Stack. Maybe because I finally watched a movie where he didn’t fall apart lol (Written on the Wind, The High and the Mighty, etc.). I started watching John Paul Jones because Bette Davis was in it (she basically just has a cameo scene at the end) and ended up really enjoying it. Then I watched House of Bamboo, which I’ve been meaning to watch for Robert RYAN but hadn’t been in the mood for. I’m glad I waited. Then of course I watched anything I could find with Stack online, including some of his television appearances (YouTube and Internet Archive). I really want to watch The Untouchables but my library is only allowing in-house checkouts so I can’t request it from another library :( Same goes for Stack’s autobiography, Straight Shooting. There are some great interviews on YouTube, especially one from 1999 where he talks about Hollywood in length.

Robert Stack and Olivia de Havilland

I’ve also been getting a hoot out of listening to The Jack Carson Show. Side effects include singing the Campbell’s Soup jingle constantly... Other familiar voices are Arthur Treacher and Irene Ryan (Granny from The Beverley Hillbillies). Take a listen!


I was greatly saddened to hear of the death of Olivia de Havilland a few days ago. I hosted four blogathons in her honor beginning with her 100th birthday in 2016. I did not end up hosting one this year however. I wanted to share a post I wrote for that first blogathon on My Journey with Olivia

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  1. The Cocoanuts (1928) - Marx Brothers, Margaret Dumont 
  2. Wide Open (1930) - Edward Everett Horton, Louise Beavers
  3. Arrowsmith (1931) - Ronald Colman & Helen Hayes, Myrna Loy
  4. Consolation Marriage (1931) - Pat O’Brien & Irene Dunne, Myrna Loy
  5. Gambling Lady (1934) - Barbara Stanwyck & Joel McCrea, Pat O’Brien, Claire Dodd, C. Aubrey Smith
  6. Blackwell’s Island (1939) - John Garfield & Rosemary Lane
  7. The Story of Vernon and Irene Castle (1939) - Fred Astaire & Ginger Rogers 
  8. The Mortal Storm (1940) - James Stewart & Maureen Sullavan, Frank Morgan, Robert Young, Irene Rich, Maria Ouspenskaya, Bonita Granville, Robert Stack, Gene Reynolds, Ward Bond, Dan Dailey
  9. The House of Seven Gables (1940) - George Sanders, Margaret Lindsey, Vincent Price 
  10. Yankee Doodle Dandy (1942) - James Cagney & Joan Leslie, Walter Huston, Rosemary DeCamp, Jeanne Cagney, George Tobias, S.Z. Sakall
  11. Casanova Brown (1944) - Gary Cooper & Teresa Wright, Frank Morgan, Anita Louise 
  12. The Sign of the Ram (1948) - Susan Peters, Phyllis Thaxter, Peggy Ann Garner, Diana Douglas, Dame May Whitty
  13. Silver River (1948) - Errol Flynn & Ann Sheridan, Thomas Mitchell
  14. The Bribe (1949) - Robert Taylor & Ava Gardner, Charles Laughton, Vincent Price, John Hodiak
  15. Stranger from Venus (1954) - Patricia Neal
  16. The Long Gray Line (1955) - Tyrone Power & Maureen O’Hara, Donald Crisp, Ward Bond, Harry Carey Jr., Patrick Wayne
  17. House of Bamboo (1955) - Robert Stack, Robert Ryan
  18. Trapeze (1956) - Burt Lancaster, Tony Curtis, Gina Lollobrigida, Katy Jurado 
  19. Saddle the Wind (1958) - Robert Taylor & Julie London, Donald Crisp
  20. The Gift of Love (1958) - Lauren Bacall & Robert Stack, Lorne Greene
  21. John Paul Jones (1959) - Robert Stack, Charles Coburn, Jean Pierre Aumont, Bette Davis
  22. Scent of Mystery (1960) - Denholm Elliot, Peter Lorre, Beverly Bentley, Paul Lukas
  23. Spartacus (1960) - Kirk Douglas & Jean Simmons, Lawrence Olivier, Charles Laughton, Peter Ustinov, Tony Curtis, Woody, Strode, John Ireland, John Gavin, Nina Foch
  24. Captain Newman, M.D. (1963) - Gregory Peck & Angie Dickinson, Tony Curtis, Bobby Darin, Eddie Albert, Robert Duvall
  25. Cattle King (1963) - Robert Taylor
  26. Three Days if the Condor (1975) - Robert Redford & Faye Dunaway, Cliff Robertson 
  27. International Velvet (1979) - Tatum O'Neal, Christopher Plummer, Anthony Hopkins, Nanette Newman
  28. Airplane! (1980) - Leslie Neilson, Lloyd Bridges, Robert Stack
  29. Seems Like Old Times (1980) - Goldie Hawn & Chevy Chase
  30. Bird on a Wire (1990) - Mel Gibson & Goldie Hawn 
  31. *The Bourne Identity (2002) - Matt Damon & Franke Potente
  32. Psych 2: Lassie Come Home (2020) - James Roday Rodriguez, Dule Hill, Timothy Odmunson, Maggie Lawson, Jazmyn Simon Hill, Kirsten Nelson, Corbin Bernson, 
This is Cinerama (1952)
The 20th Century-Fox Hour: A Portrait of Murder aka Laura (1955) - Robert Stack, Dana Wynter, George Sanders

Least Favorite Film: Cattle King wasn't anything special. I only watched it for Robert Taylor since earlier this year I ended up watching several of this films so now I'm watching any that TCM shows that I haven't seen yet.

Favorite MovieThree Days if the Condor was soooo good!! I also read the book it was based on by James Grady, Six Days of the Condor. House of Bamboo was really good. I loved the way it was filmed. Airplane! was hilarious! I also really liked The Bribe  and Wide Open, which was cute.

My favorite part is at 3:06.

Sunday, July 19, 2020

Movies I Watched in June


This month I watched my first Elvis movie (actually four)! I also finally finished watching The Golden Girls as well as the final three seasons of The Mary Tyler Moore Show.

Read The Purple Diaries by Joseph Egan. If you have a library card you can read it free on Hoopla. The day I finished it TCM aired Dodsworth, which was perfect timing.

  1. Show of Shows (1929) - John Barrymore, Chester Morris, Myrna Loy, Dolores Costello, Noah Beery 
  2. Animal Crackers (1930) - Marx Brothers, Margaret Dumont, Lillian Roth
  3. King Kong (1933) - Fay Wray, Robert Armstrong, Bruce Cabot 
  4. Sadie McKee (1934) - Joan Crawford, Franchot Tone, Gene Raymond, Edward Arnold 
  5. Annie Oakley (1935) - Barbara Stanwyck & Preston Foster, Melvyn Douglas 
  6. Dodsworth (1936) - Walter Huston & Ruth Chatterton, Paul Lukas, Mary Astor, David Niven, Maria Ouspenskaya, Spring Byington, John Payne
  7. Kid Galahad (1937) - Edward G. Robinson, Bette Davis, Humphrey Bogart, Wayne Morris, Jane Bryan, Harry Carey 
  8. They Made Me a Criminal (1939) - John Garfield & Gloria Dickson, the Dead End Kids, Claude Rains, May Robson, Ann Sheridan 
  9. Design for Scandal (1941) - Rosalind Russell & Walter Pidgeon, Edward Arnold, Lee Bowman
  10. Gangway for Tomorrow (1943) - Robert Ryan
  11. Assignment in Brittany (1943) - Pierre Aumont & Susan Peters
  12. *Pride of the Marines (1945) - John Garfield & Eleanor Parker, Dane Clark
  13. Saratoga Trunk (1946) - Ingrid Bergman & Gary Cooper, Flora Robson
  14. Pitfall (1948) - Dick Powell & Lizabeth Scott, Jane Wyatt, Raymond Burr
  15. The Red Badge of Courage (1951) - Audie Murphy 
  16. Diplomatic Courier (1952) - Tyrone Power, Patricia Neal, Karl Malden, Lee Marvin, Charles Bronson
  17. The High and the Mighty (1954) - John Wayne, Robert Stack, Claire Trevor, Phil Harris
  18. Uranium Boom (1956) - Dennis Morgan, William Talman 
  19. Blue Hawaii (1961) - Elvis Presley & Joan Blackman, Angela Lansbury 
  20. Kid Galahad (1962) - Elvis Presley, Gig Young, Lola Albright, Joan Blackman, Charles Bronson
  21. Roustabout (1964) - Elvis Presley, Barbara Stanwyck 
  22. Viva Las Vegas (1964) - Elvis Presley & Ann-Margaret, William Demerest 
  23. *Ride the Wild Surf (1964) - Fabian Forte & Shelley Fabares, Tab Hunter, Peter Brown & Barbara Eden, Susan Hart
  24. S.O.S. Titanic (1979) - David Janssen, David Warner, Cloris Leachman, Helen Mirren, Ian Holm
Least Favorite Film: I skipped through Show of Shows. Uranium Boom is definitely under my least favorite Dennis Morgan movies. It’s on YouTube.

Favorite Movie: I really liked several movies this month, but the one I wanted to watch again the next day was Blue Hawaii. I LOVE early 60s Hawaiian movies (Donovan’s Reef is a big favorite in our house). Others I really enjoyed were Dodsworth, the 1937 Kid GalahadThey Made Me a CriminalAssignment in Brittany, Saratoga Trunk, Pitfall, and Diplomatic Courier. King Kong was a lot better than I thought it was going to be. I guess I expected it to be more campy.

Friday, June 12, 2020

The Disaster Blogathon! On Board the Poseidon


Everyone always wonders how they would react in the event of a disastrous incident. Would you be a leader? Follower? Or that one guy who is a pain in the you-know-what to everyone around him (or maybe you’re the sexy lady running around in the strategically torn dress 😉).

Disaster movies are a way for us to imagine ourselves in these situations. From the dawn of film to the present, whether it be fire, flood, or earthquake, an erupting volcano or a shipwreck, killer mutant insects or zombies, to the modern apocalyptic films Hollywood loves so much, there is literally a movie for every disaster imaginable.

It was in the 1970s however, that the disaster movie became a genre of it’s own. And the man behind it was none other than the “Master of Disaster” himself, Irwin Allen.


One of his biggest hits, grossing over $84 million, was The Poseidon Adventure (1972). Based on the novel by Paul Gallico and directed by Ronald Neame, the film has an impressive cast of Oscar winners and nominees: Gene Hackman (2x winner), Ernest Borgnine (1955 winner), Shelley Winters (2x winner and 1 nomination), Red Buttons (1958 winner), Carol Lynley (2x Golden Globe nominee), Roddy McDowell (Golden Globe nominee), Stella Stevens (Golden Globe winner), Arthur O’Connell (2x nominee), and Jack Albertson (1969 winner). The cast also newcomer Pamela Sue Martin and child Actor Eric Shea (The Magical World of Disney). Playing the captain of the doomed Poseidon: Leslie Nielsen.


It’s New Year’s Eve and the Poseidon is making her final voyage before being scrapped. But Mother Nature has other plans. Just after midnight, the luxury liner going faster than is safe in order to arrive at it’s destination on time, is hit by a tidal wave caused by a sub-sea earthquake. Everyone on the bridge watches in horror as the wall of water sweeps towards them, killing them instantly when it hits and capsizes the ship, throwing partygoers to the ceiling now far below them as it rolls completely over. Chaos ensues until Reverend Scott (Hackman), a preacher who believes that “God helps those who help themselves,” takes charge of the situation. He informs everyone that they need to make their way to the hull of the ship, now above them, where the propeller shaft is located, as the steel there is only an inch thick. With the help of some of the men, the giant fake Christmas tree is pushed upright to serve as a ladder. Only a few passengers follow him, the majority listening to the ship’s purser who encourages everyone to wait until help comes. No sooner does the little group reach the top of the tree when explosions rock the ship, filling the great hall with water and drowning those who stayed behind.


As they make their way through the ship there are more explosions, including ones of temper as Hackman and Borgnine have constant disagreements. At one point the group comes to a seemingly dead end - a flooded corridor. In the original script, Winters character, a now overweight former Olympic swimmer, swims through but becomes trapped and has to be rescued by Hackman. Hackman suggested it be switched and the resulting scene, in which Winters rescues him only to die of a heart attack minutes late, earned her an Oscar nomination (Esther Williams was originally offered the role but turned it down on her husband’s advice). Winters studied with an Olympic swim coach prior to filming to give the scene authenticity.


More people die before the small group finally reach their destination and are rescued by the coast guard who cut a hole in the hull and pull them to safety.

There are several great intense scenes that made this movie enjoyable and entertaining. It would be fun to see it on the big screen!

The film was nominated for an Oscar in nine categories and won for Best Song and Best Special Effects, for which it also won a Special Achievement Award. Hackman won the BAFTA for Best Actor and Winters won a Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actress.


A sequel, Beyond the Poseidon Adventure, was released in 1979 also with an all-star cast, including Michael Caine, Sally Field, Karl Malden, Telly Savalas, Peter Boyle, Jack Warden, Shirley Knight, Slim Pickens, Angela Cartwright, Mark Harmon, and Shirley Jones. Directed by Irwin Allen himself, the film was unfortunately a “disaster.”



Taking place minutes after the helicopter full of survivors has taken off, Caine, his partner Malden, and passenger Field (nicknamed Monkey), come across the Poseidon, with only a small area of its hull showing above water (the earthquake of the first film is changed to a tropical storm). He declares salvage rights and prepares to enter. Savalas and his crew show up posing as medics (later we find out he is looking for a certain bit of cargo containing... plutonium.


Here is where the film enters a major problem. They enter the ship and begin making their way “down,” Caine to the pursers office where the gold is kept, and Savalas to the baggage hold. Now in the first film, as the survivors made their way to safety, there was no possible way to turn back, as the explosions had caused the ships passageways to fill with water. Yet suddenly the salvagers have no problem walking through the ship! If I had watched the sequel first it wouldn’t have been that unbelievable. But given what I had just seen, their actions were impossible. And for some reason EVERYONE enters the ship, including passenger Sally Field. I mean, would YOU enter an almost completely submerged ship just so you wouldn’t be left alone topside?


Naturally after they enter there is an explosion that cuts them off from the outside. Their only way is forward. They come across a group of survivors (that helicopter left a little prematurely don’t you think?) and head to the pursers office where everyone’s dreams of becoming rich come true. At this point the true identity of Savalas is revealed. There is a shootout, people are killed, and then Caine and his group escape and miraculously find a way out - a hole in the ship and scuba equipment. Despite it being a short swim, not everyone makes it. Then, just as they reach Caine’s tugboat, the ship finally sinks, killing Savalas and his remaining crew. Caine and Field kiss and chug away into the sunset.


Can you see why the film didn’t do well?

It's not a total loss though. There are some good performances by Malden and Pickens. It's just unfortunate the story doesn't hold up.

I hope you enjoyed this post. It is part of the DISASTER BLOG-A-THON hosted by The Midnite Drive-In and Dubsism. Please be sure to check out the other "disastrous" articles!