In the movie Noah’s Ark, filmed in 1928, the flood scene at the movie’s climax was created by actually dumping 600,000 gallons of water onto the set. Three extras drowned and many suffered broken bones. This led to the introduction of safety regulations for movie stunts in 1929.

Noah’s Ark (1928 film)

Paul McAllister (center), George O’Brien and Dolores Costello

Noah’s Ark is a 1928 American epic romantic melodramatic disaster film directed by Michael Curtiz and starring Dolores Costello and George O’Brien. The story is by Darryl F. Zanuck. The film was released by the Warner Bros. studio. It is representative of the transition from silent movies to “talkies”, although it is essentially a hybrid film known as a part-talkie, which used the new Vitaphone sound-on-disc system. Most scenes are silent with a synchronized music score and sound effects, in particular the biblical ones, while some scenes have dialogue.


The film opens after the great flood, with Noah and his family outside of the Ark praising the Lord. Then comes… Continue Reading