Unfortunately, folks, TPA (book and movie) is the only thing I have an obsessive memory about. But I appreciate all your comments and assistance; OK:
a) The book and script are similar thusly–the boat turns over, some people make it up to “shaft alley.” Without making a 150 item Spoiler box, that’s the best I can do at the moment.
b) Big_Norse, yer Dad is, of course, right. In the book, none of the lights worked post-whoopsie, they had electric torches–which failed when they got to shaft alley.
c) Yllaria, Rev. Scott’s demise in the movie was almost nothing like the book. The book: no speech, no steam, no wheel valve, no shaft alley “hand-crank room.”
d) KneadToKnow/Amateur Barbarian Yeah, I know IMdB has whiffed on this one; I was going to sign up and try to goose someone into coming clean, but there was something funky re their sign-up procedure, so I let it slide. Feel free, if you’re members, to start a stink and I’ll back you as much as possible.
e) 2nd Law finding that script copy with the big white gap where the speech should have been was Xmas in June.
f) aa6vh, Trinopus, E.C. and J.A.Q., you all had excellent comments and I thank you for piling on.
g) My thought(s): all the prints were withdrawn after the first run and they doctored a few copies for future “pressings,” (When I was younger, I was convinced The Church had something to do with it. :eek: At 12 YO, I knew JUST enough to keep my wonkiest thoughts to myself). As for the script, maybe Stirling Silliphant figured he’d have a better chance of nailing an Adapted Screenplay Oscar if he took out that little piece of the speech.
I can hear you all saying Good G-d, Burpo, we’re talking Irwin Allen! Have some Schnapps. Let it go. And rightly so.
If we could get Fred, Daphne and Velma off their asses, we just might solve this!
We now return you to your regularly scheduled broadcast.
Good talking to y’all.