Monday, August 9, 2010
Today, a rare interview of Walt Disney, probably filmed on the Queen Elisabeth ocean liner, going to England with his family. At that time the RMS Queen Elizabeth operated by the Cunard Line was a slightly larger ship than the Queen Mary (now in Long Beach) and was the largest passenger liner ever built, which was a record that would not be exceeded for fifty-six years. Years later, in 1972, a mysterious fire broke out on the ship whilst undergoing renovations in Hong Kong harbour and to this day 50% of it lays in the bay. It did star in a James Bond Movie "The Man with the Golden Gun" in 1974 and provided underwater headquarters for the Bond team of MI6.
On the picture above and in the filmed interview Walt Disney stands with Lilian, their daughter Diane, and Sharon who was adopted by Walt and Lilian. Sharon is on the left on the picture above and Diane stands between Lilian and Walt.
Disney movies were very successful in England and the studio made a lot of money but because of British laws Disney was not allowed to send the money back to the U.S. So he spent the money in England making more films like his first live action Pirate movie "Treasure island". He made many trips back and forth to England from the United States and the video below show one of them, on the Queen Elizabeth. On the picture below, another picture of Walt and his family, this time flying on a TWA plane.
It's time to have a look to this rare interview of Walt. Note that this Youtube video was uploaded with the "time code", right in the center of the frame. When Walt get closer to the camera the time code is in the middle of his face and it's a bit a pity, but this kind of Walt's interview is so rare that even with this bloody time code it's better than nothing!
Video: all my thanks to jeffsabu who posted it on Youtube
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