I have posted a bunch of new pics from my car getting around town in DFW on www.texasbluesmobile.com including the Dallas Comic Con, Jimmie Vaughan concert and upcoming George Thorogood, and two trips to Houston's HOB - one with Jim Belushi. Amazing the car gets more attention then the tribute bands in Texas --- often!
I believe it's the real deal, Ghostman. I was pretty sure I had seen the piece of telephone pole blowing outta the car at some point. I don't think you can see it on the VHS. I think this GIF is how we see it on VHS. You can see a puff of dust from the charge but no pole ...
I don't have my DVD copy handy at the moment (I know, I know, what the hell kind of fan am I? lol) so I'm not certain if it's visible on the DVD or maybe it's the wide-screen format from the Blu-ray or something. But I just noticed the scene from "MOVIECLIPS" and you can definitely see the pole exiting ...
So knowing for sure that piece of pole came from the Bluesmobile, and it worked perfectly sending the car into that trunk stand, I think the b&w pic is authentic. Although some of the smoke and dust may have been cleaned out of the pic, I think the Bluesmobile really did stand up and over like that.
As we know, Gary "Whiz Kid" McLarty was the stunt coordinator on The Blues Brothers, and he was the guy who actually did the first ever cannon roll in a movie, the John Wayne flick, McQ. I used to think it was Hal Needham because basically he invented the set up, but here's a good story about that ...
In the 1974 action film McQ, starring John Wayne, legendary stunt coordinator Ronnie Rondell and Needham stage a spectacular car rollover on the beach. In those days, a ramp was used to pitch the cars into a rollover for movie stunts. But since this shot was planned for the flat and desolate beach, they couldn't hide a ramp with bushes or shrubs; it would look too odd. So Needham invented another way to flip cars: With a device later named the McQ Cannon.
"We built a cannon 16 inches in diameter with inch-and-a-half-thick walls—because I knew what was going to happen inside that cannon—and welded it to the back floorboard behind the driver's seat with the muzzle pointed toward the ground." The cannon was loaded with a 3-foot-long telephone pole and a black-powder charge. "The idea was to throw the car in a broadside skid and hit that cannon," he says, forcing the pole down and the car to rollover. "The crew prepared for a rehearsal of the stunt on a dry lakebed outside Los Angeles with a beat-up sedan and brought along five 4-ounce powder bombs. On the static test, they loaded in one of the charges. And the explosion only lifted the car up 6 inches. So for the real run they made the cannon more potent.
"I knew if we put two bombs in and it doesn't work, we'd only have two left, so we put them all in. The lesson I learned on this one: Powder squares itself in power." The crew pushed the junker car up to 55 mph and Needham threw the car into a skid. "When they hit the fire button it blew that car 30 feet up in the air and I was flying upside down and backward across the desert. The power of the cannon almost bent that car in half. I landed upside down when the car finished rolling—and I wasn't breathing." Needham managed to crawl out the back window of the car, received mouth-to-mouth from stuntman Gary McLarty, and was carted off the to hospital. The doctor told Needham, "You have six broken ribs, a punctured lung, broken back." And Needham himself counted three teeth missing. Since Needham was in the hospital, he enlisted McLarty to perform the actual movie stunt (with a lot less explosives onboard) and he rolls the car several times, emerging from the wreckage unhurt.
Post by Ghostbluesman (Ghostsoldier) on May 12, 2014 7:27:18 GMT -5
I stand corrected, Steamo....I guess the crisp B&W image, coupled with the side-angle, made it look like a fake (to these old eyes, anyway); it's sad that with the advent of PS, it gets where a person can't trust anything seen on the interwebs anymore...or at least, become very suspicious lol!
And thanks for the write-up on the 'cannon'; I had watched that scene in McQ, but never knew how it was done, who did it, or that it was used in The Blues Brothers!
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