THIS IS AN AUTHENTICALLY AUTOGRAPHED LP BY O J SIMPSON, ROBERT VAUGHN, AND SUSAN BLAKELY...
THE TOWERING INFERNO-MUSIC COMPOSED AND CONDUCTED BY JOHN WILLIAMS-(WARNER BROS BS 2840)RELEASED IN 1974. LP HAS ORIGINAL INNER SLEEVE. COVER IS SIGNED BY OJ SIMPSON, ROBERT VAUGHN, AND SUSAN BLAKELY. CONDITION OF THE VINYL,COVER, AND AUTOGRAPHS IS WEAK VG.
In the film, the Glass Tower, a new but poorly-constructed San Francisco skyscraper - at 1,800 feet and 138 stories the world's tallest - catches fire after a power surge overloads an electrical panel on the 81st floor on the night of its dedication. Firefighters battle the flames and make many daring attempts to rescue people trapped in the building, as multiple fires break out and spread on various floors as a result of faulty wiring, inoperative sprinklers, and shoddy construction. On the 135th floor "Promenade Room," 300 dignitaries celebrating the building's dedication become trapped as the fires spread upwards.
Stirling Silliphant, who won an Oscar for his adaptation of In the Heat of the Night, was asked to combine two similar novels, The Tower and The Glass Inferno, into a single screenplay. Silliphant took seven main characters from each book and combined the plots for the storyline. In The Tower, a bomb in the main utility room of a fictitious 140-floor tower (the world's tallest) causes a power surge, which sets a janitor's closet on fire; the escape from the top floor is by breeches buoy to the adjacent 110-story North Tower of the World Trade Center, and is only partially successful (more than a hundred partygoers die when fire overtakes the restaurant on the top floor). In The Glass Inferno, a discarded cigarette sets the janitor's closet in a 60-story tower on fire; the escape from the top floor is by helicopter, and everyone left in the restaurant escapes.
In The Towering Inferno (a title derived from combining the titles of both books), sub-standard wiring installed throughout the building is overloaded by the building's lights on its dedication night, causing a small fire in a utility room on the 81st floor. Other fires on various floors break out as well, spreading rapidly, and trapping 300 people in the 135th floor Promenade Room. The remainder of the film is about rescuing the guests, and follows many escape attempts and deaths. Rooftop escape by helicopter is abandoned when winds cause the first attempt to crash into the roof setting it ablaze. Escape by breeches buoy to the roof of a neighboring skyscraper, the fictional 102-story Peerless Building, has limited success and is thwarted by panicked guests fighting their way onto the single chair and falling to their deaths when the rope breaks under the weight. Despite near-disaster, 11 guests and a fireman get down in the exterior scenic elevator after an emergency rescue by a battalion chief.
With the spreading fire 15 minutes from the Promenade Room, a final plan is hatched to put out the approaching flames by blowing the million-gallon water tanks at the top of the building. Some people will die in the flood, but it offers the best chance of survival. In the climax, Battalion Chief Michael O'Hallorhan (Steve McQueen) agrees to be dropped by helicopter onto the roof to meet the building's architect Doug Roberts (Paul Newman) at the water tanks to set the plastic explosives. The fire chief, trained for explosives, instructs the architect how to set the charges. The two men quickly finish and retreat to the restaurant. Everyone ties themselves down to avoid being washed away by the water rushing from the destroyed tanks. The plan succeeds and the water puts out the fire. O'Hallorhan, Roberts and most of the other partygoers survive, but the torrent of water claims several casualties.