Did You Know?
"How much shake is there when riding a high speed train?" This question was argued and discussed by Ned Parsons, the director/producer Dan Curtis, and the cinema-photographer Dennis Dalzell. Referencing the speed of the Japanese Bullet Train and the high speed French trains implied that no obvious motion such as swaying nor bounce should occur. Dan Curtis decided the train's riders should have some form of swaying motion. After this decision was determined, preliminary camera tests were made with cast members and background extras, all photographed in selected Super Train compartment sets and dining carriages. Company grips were stationed at the train car set's platform end and middle with 4"x4"x10'0" long wood logs placed under the set platform. During the scene's filming, the grips would "rock" and raise the carriage set platform a few inches off the stage floor. The grips (who each looked like a Japanese wrestler) earned their nick-name "the gorillas". The teams of gorilla gangs were picked by the assistant director! Who would give the camera-cue, "gorillas rock!" (Prop makers do not qualify as gorillas because, when a set is turned over to the filming company, construction grips take over moving and handling stage scenery (sets) from the construction department's prop makers! Union rule dictates company film construction grips even repair and rebuild damaged sets during the filming process). Returning to the art department, Ned Parsons and Hub Braden would discuss how the "gorillas would rock the set units"! Ned's secretary would listen to their conversations, finally announcing that she wanted a set visit! Josephine, Ned's secretary, wanted to see what a gorilla looked like! See more