Worst Movie Set Disasters (Part 1) | bench3
The Conqueror (1956):
The Radioactive Set That CausedCancerTo John Wayne And 90 more
Of the 220 persons who worked on The conqueror on its location near Utah in 1955, 91 hadcontracted cancer as of the early 1980s and 46 died of it, including stars John Wayne, SusanHayward,Afnes Moorehead, and director Dick Powell. Experts say under ordinary circumstancesonly 30 people out of a group of that size should have gotten cancer.The cause? No one can say for sure, but many attribute the cancers to radioactive fallout fromU.S. atom bomb tests in nearby Nevada.Produced by Hower Hughes, he thought the
was sobad that he bought up every copy (which cost him about $12 million) and refused to distributethefilm. For years thereafter, the only person who saw it was Hughes himself, who screened itnight after night during his paranoid last years, this until 1974 when Paramount reached a dealwith him. This would be the last film that Hughes would produce.
- The Movie (1983)
A Helicopter Decapitated Three Actors
During the filming of a segment of the 1983 movie The twilight zone producted by StevenSpielberg, actor Vic Morrow and child actors Myca Dinh Le (age 7) and Renee Shin-Yi Chen(age 6) died in an accident involving a helicopter being used on the set. The helicopter was flyingat an altitude of only 25 feet (8 meters), too low to avoid the explosions of the pyrotechnics usedon set. When the blasts severed the tail rotor, it spun out of control and crashed, decapitatingMorrow and Le with its blades. Chen was crushed to death as the helicopter crashed. Everyoneinside the helicopter survived sustaining minor injuries.The accident led to legal action against the filmmakers which lasted nearly a decade, andchanged the regulations involving children working on movie sets at night and during special