• Short Summary

    SOMETHING NEW IN THE WAY OF AN ATTRACTION FOR JADED NIGHT CLUB AUDIENCES, AND THOUGHT BY SOME TO BE A NEW LOW LEVEL IN BAD TASTE, IS A REPRODUCTION OF THE DAM-BURST AT FREJUS, FRANCE, ON DECEMBER 2, 1959 - WHERE HUNDREDS DIED IN ONE OF EUROPE'S WORST FLOOD DISASTERS - WHICH WAS BEING COMPLETED BY A LONDON THEATRE WORKSHOP, JANUARY 9, BEFORE SHIPMENT TO AMERICA TO PROVIDE A LAS VEGAS CABARET WITH THE "MIGHTIEST, WETTEST SPECTACLE OF ALL".

  • Description

    SOMETHING NEW IN THE WAY OF AN ATTRACTION FOR JADED NIGHT CLUB AUDIENCES, AND THOUGHT BY SOME TO BE A NEW LOW LEVEL IN BAD TASTE, IS A REPRODUCTION OF THE DAM-BURST AT FREJUS, FRANCE, ON DECEMBER 2, 1959 - WHERE HUNDREDS DIED IN ONE OF EUROPE'S WORST FLOOD DISASTERS - WHICH WAS BEING COMPLETED BY A LONDON THEATRE WORKSHOP, JANUARY 9, BEFORE SHIPMENT TO AMERICA TO PROVIDE A LAS VEGAS CABARET WITH THE "MIGHTIEST, WETTEST SPECTACLE OF ALL".

    VISNEWS LIBRARY FILM RECALLS THE NIGHTMARE TRAGEDY OF FREJUS AFTER THE RETAINING WALL OF THE MALPASSET DAM COLLAPSED ON THAT FATEFUL DAY TO UNLEASH MILLIONS OF GALLONS OF WATER, ENGULFING THE FOUR-MILE REYRAN VALLEY, TOPPLING HUNDREDS OF BUILDINGS WITH THEIR FRONTS RIPPED OPEN, AND DROWNING MEN, WOMEN AND CHILDREN IN THEIR BEDS.

    THE GIANT REPRODUCTION OF FREJUS AND THE MALPASSET DAM WILL BE SHIPPED TO LOS ANGELES THIS WEEK, WHERE IT WILL BE TAKEN BY TRUCKS ACROSS MOUNTAINS AND DESERTS TO THE STARDUST HOTEL AT LAS VEGAS.

    THERE, WHEN ERECTED, THE INTERNATIONALLY FAMOUS BLUEBELL GIRLS, THE STATELY ENGLISH BEAUTIES WHO DANCE AT THE LIDO IN PARIS, WILL APPEAR ON THE STAGE. THEN SUDDENLY THE DAM AT THE BACK OF THE STAGE WILL BURST AND SHEETS OF WATER WILL POUR OUT.

    SOME 700 GALLONS OF WATER A MINUTE WILL BE SUPPLIED BY TWELVE PUMPS. AFTER THE FLOOD HAS SWEPT ACROSS A PLASTER AND CANVAS VILLAGE, IT WILL BE CAUGHT IN A VAST TROUGH AT THE FOOT OF THE STAGE. A "CURTAIN" OF RAIN WILL SURROUND THE STAGE TO HEIGHTEN THE DRAMATIC IMPACT - THE AUDIENCE WILL SEE EVERYTHING THROUGH YET MORE WATER, THANKS TO THE DESIGNER. MR. TOD KINGMAN.

    IT WAS SAID TO BE CHEAPER TO BUILD THIS ENORMOUS REPRODUCTION IN LONDON AND CONVEY IT HALFWAY ACROSS THE WORLD THAT TO HAVE MADE IT ON THE SPOT IN LAS VEGAS.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA3SUFV2SFD7TR84X1WG81QAKEA
    Media URN:
    VLVA3SUFV2SFD7TR84X1WG81QAKEA
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    09/01/1962
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:33:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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