Before Airplane! there was Big Bus. A recent post about the Vintage Mobile Cinema reminded me again of the original mock disaster movie.
Lampooning early 70’s star-studded, high drama flicks like The Towering Inferno, The Poseidon Adventure and Airport ’77, Big Bus came out a full four years before the Zucker Brothers & Jim Abrahams directed Airplane!. Tapping into the energy crisis & Cold War vibes by having the Bus be nuclear-powered was of course sheer genius.
Here’s another clip with a hilarious fight scene reminiscent of something out of the old Batman TV show, featuring Joseph Bologna and Vic Tayback:
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