Interesting info. You can watch it here if interested. It is entertaining if you like SCI-FI.11 years is a long time to go between posts in a thread, but since then there's been a comprehensive book about the production history of "The Time Tunnel" TV series by Martin Grams, a leading TV historian. He notes that during the production of the pilot, ABC censors cautioned Irwin Allen about whether he'd "cleared the idea of impersonating Captain Smith and any others actually a part of the real story of the Titanic, particularly if they appear in a poor light." Grams theorizes this is the reason why the credits say, "Captain Malcolm Smith" instead of the correct name, and not because Allen and his researchers were stupid. It certainly would explain why all the other named Titanic crew is fictional (the officer "Mr. Grainger" who only now do I realize was played by Don Knight, the over-the-top villain of the short-lived 1971 sci-fi series "The Immortal").
Grams noted that during the research phase for the script, there were changes made in the name of accuracy elsewhere like correcting "Radio Room" to "Marconi Room" and he also mentions the builders plaque as something Allen came up with as part of the overall research process (without going into broader detail).
While there is a longer unaired version of the pilot that runs five minutes longer and was included in the DVD release, the actual initial cut was much longer and included an entire extra subplot aboard the Titanic featuring a character named Tabor, played by Dennis Hopper. The book isn't specific on the nature of Tabor's character, but evidently he was someone who was probably threatening Susan Hampshire. One scene of Hopper's has him being exposed by Tony and Doug as he tries to escape the ship dressed as a woman.
Also, had the pilot not sold, the intent was to then burn it off as a theatrical release, and this included an ending that would show Tony and Doug successfully returning! The footage shot of this has never surfaced and is presumed lost.
In a section on "Trivia" there is a "goofs" which states that the Captain states that there were "2300 on board". and this was in error since there some "3400 on board." Actually the goof is a goof since the 2300 is close to the actual number. Wonder how the goof on the goof went un-noticed ;-)Interesting info. You can watch it here if interested. It is entertaining if you like SCI-FI.
I managed to see most of the video on my nook after a bit of re-setting.In a section on "Trivia" there is a "goofs" which states that the Captain states that there were "2300 on board". and this was in error since there some "3400 on board." Actually the goof is a goof since the 2300 is close to the actual number. Wonder how the goof on the goof went un-noticed ;-)
I remember seeing this many years ago but can't recall a lot of the details.
And my nook kept freezing up on the video and I didn't get to see the entire video