May 2, 1976: The Hindenburg arrives in UK cinemas

“The truth at last? What really happened to The Hindenburg? Of 97 aboard, eight had a motive for sabotage. One had a plot.”

MSDHIND EC005The Hindenburg is a 1975 American Technicolor film based on the disaster of the German airship Hindenburg. The film stars George C. Scott. It was produced and directed by Robert Wise, and was written by Nelson Gidding, Richard Levinson and William Link, based on the 1972 book of the same name by Michael M. Mooney.

A. A. Hoehling, author of the 1962 book Who Destroyed the Hindenburg?, also about the sabotage theory, sued Mooney along with the film developers for copyright infringement as well as unfair competition. However, Judge Charles M. Metzner dismissed his allegations.

A highly speculative thriller, The Hindenburg depicts a conspiracy leading to the destruction of the airship. In reality, while the Zeppelins were certainly used as a propaganda symbol by the Third Reich, and anti-Nazi forces might have had the motivation for sabotage, the theory of sabotage was investigated at the time, and no firm evidence for such sabotage was ever put forward.

Filmed largely in colour (with a mock newsreel presented in black-and-white at the beginning of the film), a portion of the film is presented in monochrome, edited between portions of the historical Hindenburg newsreel footage shot on May 6, 1937.

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An all star supporting cast included Anne BancroftWilliam Atherton (Die Hard), Roy Thinnes (The Invaders), Burgess Meredith, Charles Durning, and Rene Auberjonois (Soap; Star Trek Deep Space Nine). [Wikipedia]

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