Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - November 14, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta
48-THE LETHBRIDOC HERALD November 1173 He's nor obsessed wisth disaster HOLLYWOOD In a closely guarded room at 20th Century-Fox a production team works with graphic color sketches of a skyscraper fire as preparations are made for an epic which has involved the obsessed wisth disaster Towering Inferno burning up profits of two major studios financial resources of two ma- Adventure producer Irwm His credentials to talk and is the fourth-biggest laced with extraordinary cir- its lesson when two studios glass panels ded room at jor studios. Allen. and spend that way have money-maker in Hollywood released films on Jean Harlow the elevator ii t a The sketches are for the Untypically for a Hollywood been established by The history Two 20th Century- within weeks of each escaping fror. Imancial resources of two ma- jor studios. The sketches are for the production of The Towering the story of 240 peo- ple trapped by a fire in the world's tallest be- ing prepared by Poseidon Adventure producer Irwm Allen. Untypically for a Hollywood that prefers to talk of economies and thrift these days. Allen says his film- will cost a His credentials to talk and spend that way have been established by The Poseidon the story of how a handful of people es- caped from an overturned ocean liner. The film has already grossed million and is the fourth-biggest money-maker in Hollywood history Allen says not that I'm obsessed by disaster. But I'm fascinated by how people rise above themselves when Sears Portables built to keep the whole family happy. Including 0098 phonograph a Imagine a record player for kids that is practic- ally indestructible. This one In the double-walled polyethylene cabinet will withstand the weight of a 170-lb. man. Features an exclusive tone raised stylus guard to pro- tect special safety plug. 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Fox's was The Glass Inferno by Frank Robinson and Tom Scortia. was one of those miraculous coincidences that the two books were written at the same Allen says exactly the same Instead of the two studios racing to get out similar pic- tures Allen suggested co- operation think Hollywood learned its lesson when two studios released films on Jean Harlow within weeks of each he said. pictures were made too hastily and they destroyed each other at the box office. This time saner counsels Allen has chosen a San Francisco location for his 132- floor super-skyscraper partly to take advantage of the breath-taking bay scenery around The titles of the two books have been telescoped for the film title. Author Sterling Silliphant is doing a similar job on their content to provide the screenplay. In a locked room behind Allen's the walls are plastered with sketches of helicopters exploding in flames as they try to get close enough to the skyscraper to pick people off window ledges Terrified passengers in an exterior elevator peer through glass panels as the cables on the elevator in which they are escaping from the fire begin to snap on the 58th floor. Other sketches show people turned into human torches as they try to run the barrier of flames. Bodies plummet from upper windows. The street below is a spaghetti pile of hoses as every available fire brigade unit tries to put out the flames spurting from the side of the giant building. Allen says newsreel films of fires in skyscrapers and hotels were studied by his production including film of recent hotel fires in South and Colombia. Allen promises the burning scene will be the biggest fire Hollywood has seen since the burning of Atlanta for Gone With the Wind on a Metro- Goldwyn-Mayer backlot in 1938 Caught in crossfire A pregnant Cambodian woman villager is comforted by relatives after she was struck by incoming mortar fire along Route 5 north of Phnom Penh. She and her relatives were fleeing recent heavy fighting after Khmer Rouge insurgents cut the road linking the capital with the rice-rich northwestern provinces. The Wellington Museum sometimes 'overlooked' LONDON An oasis amid the bustling traffic of Hyde Park the Wejlington Museum is generally overlooked by the hordes of tourists thronging by the intersection of Pic- cadilly and Park Lane Inside the home which the Duke of Wellington bought with funds presented to him after his victory at Waterloo are many treasures and pain- tings and a good deal of Euro- pean history of the last cen- tury. The also known as Apsley House since it was designed by the Adam brothers for Baron its original 200 years was occupied by descendants of Wellington until the seventh duke presented it to the nation in 1947 The most surprising piece of art in the museum is a colossal nude statue of Wellington's Napoleon which stands in the vestibule. Napoleon commissioned the carving of the statue out of a block of white Italian marble but ordered it packed away when he saw it. To his super- stitious the figure of winged victory in his right hand with its back turned to him was an ominous sign The statue remained in storage in the Louvre until the British government bought it in 1816 and presented it to Napoleon's conqueror. There are four paintings of two of Empress Josephine and portraits of Joseph and Pauline Bonaparte and other members- of the family Paintings hang in all the rooms Famous names include Thomas de Caravaggio and Breughel. Spanish painters are well represented because Wellington captured Joseph Bonaparte's loot in the Battle of Vittona. Later he offered the 165 paintings to tne king of Spain but the grateful monarch declined to accept them. Artists such as Landseer and Winterhalter painted Wellington in battle and sculp- tors created his likeness in busts and equestrian statues. Cases display his snuff telescopes and a sabre made by Napoleon's goldsmith. Apsley House is comfor- table in scale and it is difficult to realize that one room the Waterloo is 90 feet long On the dining table is most of the lOOpiece silver set presented by the Por- tuguese king. Former premier left million Ont. Former Ontario Premier Leslie Frost left an estate of a probate of his will in Lindsay County Court shows. Mr. Progressive Conservative premier from 1949 to died last May 4. His wife died in 1970. He had no children and two brothers predeceased him. The will stipulated 'that fur- niture and personal effects along with is to be divided among 11 family members. Trent University in PeteV 20 miles east of received some property in Fenelon township and to maintain it. Queen's University in received 000 and York University in Toronto Cambridge United Church in Lindsay received A but unspecified portion of the was to go for the care of a disabled Shirley Ann Frost. Born in Sept. Mr. Frost first was elected to the Legislature in When George Drew defeated the Liberals in 1943 to gain power in Mr. Frost became treasurer and mines minister. He became premier in after Mr. Drew became national conservative leader.