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Edward Montagne (story)
Jack Turley (screenplay)
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17 September 1974 (USA) See more »
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John Forsythe ... Daniel 'Dan' Overland

Joseph Campanella ... Howard Foster
Lynn Carlin ... Lee Parker

Anjanette Comer ... Darlene Foster

Laurie Heineman ... Ginger Macklin

Don Meredith ... Kelly Freeman

Kelly Jean Peters ... Betty Carson

Pippa Scott ... Thelma Overland
Louis Guss ... Charley
Hank Brandt ... Jim Pierson

John Finnegan ... Stark
Danny Goldman ... Kasey
Mark Tapscott ... Capt. Harris

Bob Hastings ... Sam Lewis
Tracie Savage ... Cathy Pierson
Kevin Nudis ... Paul Pierson
Dean Santoro ... Harper

Tracy Brooks Swope ... Cathy Foster
Tim Herbert ... Building manager
Art Lewis ... Secretary

Norman Alden ... Capt. Parker
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
James W. Gavin ... Helicopter Pilot (uncredited)

Directed by
Jerry Jameson 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Edward Montagne  story (as Edward J. Montagne)
Jack Turley  screenplay
Jack Turley  story

Produced by
Charles W. Fries .... executive producer (as Charles Fries)
Edward Montagne .... producer (as Edward J. Montagne)
Original Music by
Vic Mizzy 
Cinematography by
Matthew F. Leonetti (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Art Seid 
Art Direction by
Lawrence G. Paull  (as Larry Paull)
Sydney Z. Litwack (uncredited)
Set Decoration by
Solomon Brewer  (as Sol Brewer)
Makeup Department
Richard Cobos .... makeup artist
Lynn Del Kail .... hair stylist (as Lyndel Kail)
Production Management
John N. Whittle .... post-production supervisor (as John Whittle)
Joe Wonder .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Robert Birnbaum .... assistant director (as Bob Birnbaum)
Art Department
Gary Seybert .... prop master
Sound Department
Bill Edmondson .... sound mixer (as Bill Edmonson)
Special Effects by
Roger George .... special effects
Charlie Picerni .... stunts
Denny Arnold .... stunts (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Cleo Anderson .... key grip
Pat Blymyer .... gaffer (as Pat Blymeyer)
Casting Department
Eddie Foy III .... casting
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Chad Harwood .... wardrobe
Agnes G. Henry .... wardrobe (as Agness Henry)
Editorial Department
Lloyd Nelson .... assistant film editor
Music Department
John Mick .... music editor
Vic Mizzy .... conductor
Vic Mizzy .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Tommy Tedesco .... musician: guitar (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Chris Haynes .... transportation co-captain (uncredited)
Other crew
Elliot Friedgen .... production executive
Dick Friend .... technical advisor
Willis Grant .... creative affairs
Karen Hale Wookey .... script supervisor (as Karen Wookey)
Chief George Harms .... technical advisor

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97 min
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7 out of 9 people found the following review useful.
A minor entry in the disaster film category., 14 January 2003
Author: rsoonsa ( from Mountain Mesa, California

During the unsettled atmosphere of the late 1960s and the 1970s, films dealing with people victimized by natural and unnatural disasters were all the rage, and this tale of several couples trapped at the top of a tall burning building is an undistinguished example. An obvious attempt to capitalize upon the box-office success of THE TOWERING INFERNO, this effort, titled BLAZING TOWER before sagely being changed, is set in an unidentified New York City, on the opposite coast from the former production's San Francisco. Occurring upon Christmas Eve, the script follows obligatory romantic entanglements involving three pair of illy-matched employees during a company's annual holiday party, and with a much smaller budget than INFERNO, this work made for television displays lesser lights in its cast. Television film director Jerry Jameson routinely leads many of this type of calamity narrative, and mediocre describes this affair, although the skillful editing, largely by Jameson, effectively moves the action past points of tedium. While John Forsythe and Anjanette Comer are edging toward an adulterous romance, Don Meredith and Joseph Campanella are helping themselves to proffered charms from others of the secretarial class as the holocaust approaches. While actual New York City firemen struggle manfully with the encroaching blaze, flashbacks are utilized so that we may fully appreciate the risks, romantic and otherwise, milked by the threatened sextet. It is best to overlook some flawed tactical firefighting operations as presented in order to develop a sense of suspense as to the picture's outcome, but in any case the trite romantic machinations take precedence in the scenario. The cast performance is of a piece with its non-demanding script wherein lack the seeds to garner deep interest of performers, although Forsythe is as unruffled as ever.

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