According to the international movie data base
"Most of the external shots of the Poseidon were shot using a model built from the original blueprints of the Queen Mary. The model is on display at the Los Angeles Maritime Museum at the Los Angeles harbor. The real Queen Mary is located just a few miles away in Long Beach.
Some of the pre-capsize sequences were shot aboard the Queen Mary, including the opening storm sequence, the pre-disaster scenes in the staterooms and hallways, the scenes above decks, and an early scene in the engine room.
In the scene in which Rev. Scott rescues Robin, the set was built on tracks which would slowly lower the inclined set into a large water tank. The set was supposed to stop moving once the set was half-submerged, but for some reason it continued until the camera crew was underwater. The film magazine was rushed to the lab, where immediate processing showed the film was undamaged." This is one of the best sites for the film, which will be featured, incidentally, at the TIS convention next weekend in D.C. http://www.theposeidonadventure.com/intro2.htm
wow so much info, Thank you, & yes also saw Beyond The Poseidon Adventure" and (sorry for pun") but it sunk, also seems when 'someone decides to make an "'updated version"of a great movie, it is NEVER as good as the orignal movie, thank you again for the links,&take care everyone ok, "AA"
It is interesting to note that the model of the Queen Mary used in Poseidon includes alterations made to the Queen Mary after she became a Long Beach tourist attraction.
There are no scenes in The Poseidon Adventure that were shot in any of Queen Mary's staterooms or other interiors, including the engine room. These are all soundstage sets constructed for the film. The movie scenes shot aboard Queen Mary are all exterior scenes.
You are absolutely correct. You caught me with my foot in my big mouth. I had forgotten about that scene, being so quick and so early. That is indeed the real first class travel bureau on Main Deck in the background. It's also very nice to see that this scene was shot before the beautiful linoleum floor was covered up with carpeting. And with the ships original cabin numbering scheme, that really would be cabin M45 that they go to, as scripted (no more though, all cabin numbers have been changed for whatever hotel reasons) The burlwood cabin door that the doctor knocks on though is not original to the ship, the art director obviously covered the real door with a burl pattern to match the sets they built on stage.
Thanks David for reminding me!
Ive just finished watching this film for the like 100th time! i really like it.
However, i just wanted ask what footage was used when you see the ship sailing through the seas at the beginning? it looks a beautiful ship and the scenes must be real footage of an old ocean liner.
I'm sure this question's been asked before, but do you happen to know the length of the RMS-QM model? The reason I ask is the pre-CGI ocean looks really convincing in those shots - so I'm guessing the ship model is fairly large.
Steve, Roy, the model of the Queen Mary, used for "The Poseidon Adventure" is quite big.
The model is at the Maritime Museum; however, the Museum is not in Long Beach, but in the Port of Los Angeles (San Pedro), down Harbor Blvd. from the cruise ship terminals and the SS Lane Victory.
I will have to note the size comparison of the model to the Queen Mary; that data is listed at the Museum, which is about 11 miles from my home.