Six years before AIRPLANE! zoomed into theaters in 1980, the disaster movie genre was lampooned by The Big Bus, a daffy all-star comedy that stalled at the box office.
Check out this cast:
Joseph Bologna as Capt. Dan Torrance
Stockard Channing as Kitty Baxter
René Auberjonois as Father Kudos
John Beck as “Shoulders” O’Brien
Ned Beatty as Shorty Scotty
Bob Dishy as Dr. Kurtz
Murphy Dunne as Tommy Joyce
José Ferrer as Ironman
Ruth Gordon as the Old Lady
Harold Gould as Professor Baxter
Larry Hagman as Parking Lot Doctor
Howard Hesseman as Jack
Sally Kellerman as Sybil Crane
Stuart Margolin as Alex
Richard Mulligan as Claude Crane
Lynn Redgrave as Camille Levy
Vito Scotti as Barber
Richard B. Shull as Emery Bush
Vic Tayback as Goldie
A ex-pilot haunted by his war record, Ted Stryker must take the helm of a doomed plane when a number of passengers and the cockpit crew begin feeling sick after having fish for dinner…! Sound familiar? This is the original screenplay that the Zucker brothers used as the framework for the disaster parody Airplane! Dana Andrews, Linda Darnell and Sterling Hayden play it straight in this Hall Bartlett drama that cannot possibly be taken seriously anymore.
It’s THE THING underwater as a sea lab discovers a strange object and ends up menaced by a pretty sweet fish alien monster! Directed by Francis D. “Pete” Lyon (better known as an Oscar-winning editor) and starring Scott Brady, Sheree North (from The Shootist), Gary Merill, Wende Wagner (from TV’S Green Hornet), and the great James Hong (who followed this thankless role up with a turn as a bar owner in The Sand Pebbles).
The fishy monster in this movie is apparently unnamed, so we are accepting name suggestions for this bad boy:
We loved this movie and its gold-lamé costumes so much in 2014, we’re doing an encore presentation!
Joseph Cotton versus Cesar Romero! Undersea kingdoms! Bat men! Transplanting a live woman’s brain…into the body of a beast! Laser beam hand gloves and life perpetuation machines! Director Ishiro Honda and Godzilla regulars Akira Takarada and Haruo Nakajima join Richard Jaeckel to help make this film the ideal blend of Batman, Godzilla, The Sands of Iwo Jima and Citizen Kane. With mutant rats. And an Akira Ifukube score.
#driveinmob Rings in the New Year with THE THIN MAN
TCM has a special treat tonight as they have programmed a marathon of Thin Man movies for New Year’s Eve! We’ll be shaking Manhattans to fox-trot time under the #TCMParty hashtag tonight and hoping Robert Osbourne has a few too many and starts rambling about Michael Feinstein and Lucille Ball.