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Doomsday Flight

The Doomsday Flight was a 1966 TV movie written by Rod Serling. The plot involves "a disgruntled aerospace engineer" who phones in a threat warning that he's planted a barometric pressure bomb on an airliner set to explode when the plane descends below 4000 feet for landing. He demands a ransom in return for instructions on how to disable the bomb. There isn't really a bomb, but the pilot nevertheless figures out how to defeat the scheme by landing at Denver, 5000 feet above sea level.

The movie is apparently pretty good. So good, in fact, that it soon earned an odd place in film history as The Movie Too Dangerous For The Public To See. Whenever it was shown, it inspired a slew of copycat bomb hoaxes, eventually leading the FAA, in 1971, to send a letter to TV stations, requesting that they never show it again. The FAA's letter warned that "the film may have a highly emotional impact on some unstable individual and stimulate him to imitate the fictional situation in the movie."

TV stations honored the FAA's request, and to my knowledge have never aired it again. It eventually was released on VHS (Available on Amazon), and there may be a DVD of it available (though not on Netflix). But you won't see it on TV.

You can find a fuller version of this movie's history here and here.

Posted By: Alex | Date: Thu Oct 30, 2014 | Comments (8)
Category: Movies, 1960's

Dog Factory

Posted By: Paul | Date: Thu Oct 16, 2014 | Comments (5)
Category: Movies, Technology, Dogs, 1900's

Vandora, the Supervan



Watch for louche poet Charles Bukowski at 1:22.

You get the theme song in the next clip. Whole film can be streamed at Amazon. IMDB entry here.

Posted By: Paul | Date: Tue Oct 07, 2014 | Comments (4)
Category: Motor Vehicles, Movies, Pop Art, 1970's

Stayin Alive aka Fight For Your Life



Surely the re-release of this fine film would help clarify and resolve the fraught state of race relations in the USA today.

Chappaqua



Yes, this is the 60s as nearly as I recall them.

If you like the trailer for Chappaqua, whole movie below.



Posted By: Paul | Date: Sat Aug 30, 2014 | Comments (5)
Category: Addictions, Movies, 1960's, Cacophony, Dissonance, White Noise and Other Sonic Assaults

Sea of Grass Land Company

Back in 1947, MGM gave away one-acre plots of land located in Valencia County, New Mexico to 689 different movie critics, editors, and publishers throughout the country. It was a publicity stunt to promote the movie The Sea of Grass, starring Katharine Hepburn and Spencer Tracy, and directed by Elia Kazan.

Of course, the land was barren desert, running alongside a Santa Fe railway line. So it wasn't worth much.

But I wonder what's become of those one-acre plots today. Have they risen in value? Did any of the recipients hold onto the land, paying the taxes year after year, and passing it on to their heirs?

As for the movie, director Elia Kazan said in his autobiograpy, "It's the only picture I've ever made that I'm ashamed of. Don't see it."

Posted By: Alex | Date: Sat Aug 16, 2014 | Comments (4)
Category: Movies, Publicity Stunts, 1940's

An American Hippie in Israel



Caution: brief flashes of uncovered upper female chest area and two swears.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Tue Jul 29, 2014 | Comments (7)
Category: Movies, Stereotypes and Cliches, Bohemians, Beatniks, Hippies and Slackers, 1970's, Middle East, Butt
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