REMEMBER IT FROM:
The Angels are convinced to sail on a jinxed cruise ship to find out who's behind mysterious deaths aboard ship; two years later, they return with Kris in place of Jill - two dramatic shipboard attemps are made on Kelly's life.
FEATURED IN THESE EPISODES:
- "Angels at Sea", Season 1
- "Angels Ahoy", Season 3
VINTAGE FOOTAGE OF THE KIDDIELAND & MORE:
Once considered among the grandest ocean liners ever to sail the seas, the glorious Queen Mary is rich with history, character, and ghosts - or so they say. Built in the late 1930's, it was for a period Cunard Line's flagship, rivaling Titanic's opulence but having the edge of being one of the fastest passenger liners afloat.
Just a few short years after her world-awaited launch, the Mary was painted entirely in gray and entered the fray of World War II with the nickname "The Gray Ghost", serving as a wartime troop transport that was faster than almost any other vessel at sea, safely bringing thousands upon thousands of U.S. troops to and from the European theater of war. See vintage newsreel footage of Queen Mary at sea.
In peacetime, Queen Mary was restored to her former glory and reigned supreme as a posh ocean liner until the launch of the much-touted Queen Elizabeth II. Retired after 30 years of service, the city of Long Beach, California purchased the liner, dry docked it and outfitted it as a floating museum and hotel in 1967. In the years since, Queen Mary has been used as an intriguing shooting location in dozens upon dozens of major motion pictures and television shows, including Charlie's Angels. (See below for a list of a few famous films and TV shows that have filmed here) Her most famous starring role was that of the S.S. Poseidon in the 1972 disaster flick, "The Poseidon Adventure".
ANGELS AT SEA (1977):
First used as a location in Angels at Sea, the opening scene where the Angels speak to the client among many wooden crates was shot on the dock-like sidewalk directly in front of the Mary's port side. Moments later, the Angels step aboard after passing over the ship's gangplank and directly onto the Promenade Deck where the majority of guests enter the ship today.
During their pursuit on the ship's deck, the white door that all the Angels and Bosley come running out of is actually a womens' restroom (which has no other access to the interior of the ship). When they set up their table to take fingerprints, the door behind them is the corresponding mens' bathroom. See video of these areas in general.
In several shots, false sections of ship's railing were brought in for the Angels to interact with. We're guessing this is because in many of the spots where the camera was set up, the ship does not afford a large area of movement, and it isn't really possible to get a decent shot of actors leaning against the ship's actual railing.
It's likely to be pure coincidence that some establishing shots of the ship at sail in Angels at Sea actually are the Queen Mary - old stock footage, certainly, and the picture is run backwards, but hey, at least they got the right ship!
ANGELS AHOY (1979):
Though drained in the late 1980's, the ship's First Class swimming pool was featured in Angels Ahoy in 1979, as the setting of Kelly's near-drowning by the hooded clan. Given its long and colorful history, the ship - particularly this pool and its seriously creepy dressing rooms - is reputed to be one of the most haunted places in the world. Unfortunately, in recent years the First Class pool has been closed off to general tours where visitors were once allowed to explore the entire room where Kelly spent time arranging folding chairs. The pool is now fitted with dramatic flashing blacklights, smoke machines and speakers playing faux-eerie noises as part of the ship's overhyped "Ghosts & Legends Tour". You can still visit the pool, but it'll cost you the admission price of the "Ghosts" tour, and it very difficult to recognize it from its Angelic days due to it being shrouded in near-total darkness and theatrical effects. Too bad, because it was infinitely cooler and creepier in its original form. See video of the pool prior to its renovation.
The ship's boiler room (where Kelly was nearly burned to death) still looks nearly identical, and can be accessed during one of Queen Mary's many fascinating guided tours; the open-air Sun Deck was also featured in Angels Ahoy. Strangely, though the Queen Mary is known for its gorgeous Art Deco period interiors, none of the scenes in Charlie's Angels were filmed on the inside of the stately ship. It is likely that the show's producers were wary of featuring their modern Angels in such an obviously vintage setting and preferred to build contemporary-looking sets akin to those seen on The Love Boat.
FAWCETT'S LAST DIP:
Queen Mary historian Will Kayne tells us that the ship retains no photos or information about the filming of Charlie's Angels aboard the QM, however, it does have one final legend to pass on: "There is a story that claims that Farrah Fawcett was the last person to swim in the First Class Swimming Pool aboard the Queen Mary. The pool was drained and has never been used since." Lucky pool.
THEN & NOW PHOTOS:
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MAP AND ADDRESS:
Queen Mary [View the Official Website]
1126 Queen's Highway
Long Beach, CA 90802