posted on Nov, 8 2005 @ 09:22 AM
You may have heard it was an urban legend, but it's true.
Apparently, the first posidion adventure was made be D.W. Griffith
the pioneer of silent movies.
Author Paul Gallico expanded on this scenario in his 1969 novel of the same name, which was in turn made into a feature film starring Gene Hackman and
Ernest Borgnine in 1972.
The Titanic's passengers, obviously unaware of the doom presaged by the film they were viewing, were so enthralled by the events of the The Poseidon
Adventure that they failed to notice the slight shudder that marked the Titanic's fatal encounter with an iceberg at approximately 11:40 P.M. (In
truth, many of the Titanic's passengers either did not feel anything when the ship collided with the iceberg or did not consider the slight tremor
they did feel to be anything extraordinary.) So enthusiastic was the audience's reaction to the film (and so slow was word of the true nature of the
Titanic's dire condition in spreading) that The Poseidon Adventure was immediately screened for a second time just after midnight.
Ultimately, the grim coincidence of a film about a sinking ocean liner's being shown aboard a sinking ocean liner may have cost some passengers their
lives. In the excitement over the two screenings of the movie, few in the enthusiastic audience noted that the Titanic's engines had stopped; even
those who did didn't manage to tear themselves away from the flickering screen long enough to go out on deck and inquire. By the time the second
screening drew to its conclusion after 1:00 A.M. and a few hundred Second Class passengers filtered back out on deck and finally learned of the
Titanic's plight, all but a precious few of the woefully inadequate number of lifeboats had loaded and cast off -- many of them carrying far less
than capacity. Could this explain why barely a third (116 out of 285) of the Titanic's Second Class passengers and crew ultimately survived the
disaster? (By way of comparison, nearly two-thirds of the First Class passengers and crew -- 201 out of 334 -- survived.) We may never know.
[edit on 8-11-2005 by fortean]