Tonight's earthshakin' Wednesday The 13th feature is a sub-genre of Horror and Science Fiction movies we haven't covered much around here,
"The 70's One Word Title Disaster Movies!"
A few more examples are "Airport," "Meteor," "Avalanche," "Fire," and "Flood!"
"Earthquake" came out in 1974, and is a star-studded affair!
Between the title card and this plaque, I don't think there's any question what this movie is about!
"Earthquake" was filmed entirely in Los Angeles and Hollywood, California!
The incredible cast includes Charlton Heston and Ava Gardner as a dysfunctional married couple!
I'm pretty sure you all know that Charlton Heston was in "Touch Of Evil," "Planet Of The Apes," "The Omega Man," "Soylent Green" etc. etc. etc.
She was born on Christmas Eve, and at one time Ava Gardner was considered one of the most beautiful women in Hollywood!!
This picture of her at 15 shows what a natural beauty she really was!
Another beauty in this movie is the stunning Geneviève Bujold who was in films like "Coma" and "Dead Ringers."
What the heck!?
The weirdest role in the cast goes to Marjoe Gortner who at one time held the title as the "World's Youngest Ordained Minister." He was only four years old at the time!
What the heck!?
Nope, not done yet! This fantastic trio is Gabriel Dell, Victoria Principal, and Richard Roundtree!
Gabriel Dell was one of the original Dead End Kids, and then went on to have adult roles in The Bowery Boys movies!
I read that Gabriel and Huntz Hall formed a nightclub partnership in 1950 that resulted in the breakup of both men's marriages. Gabriel's wife and Mrs. Hall jointly divorced them on the same day in 1953, citing that the guy's act was an alienating factor for both of them!
Wow! Now that's a real bromance!
If for nothing else, Miss Miami 1969, Victoria Principal will always be remembered for nine years and 251 episodes of "Dallas" as Pamela Barnes Ewing!
And last but definitely not least, Richard Roundtree IS "Shaft," and will be John Shaft again in 2019, when the new "Shaft" movie comes out!