Nothing at all like the 1980 teeny-bopper gore film with the same title, or its sequels, this plot was a terrific idea which predated and anticipated a spate of later disaster pictures such as THE CROWDED SKY (1960) and THE HIGH AND THE MIGHTY (1954), bringing together a disparate group of
passengers united only by transitory tragedy. Big Ben features prominently as we see the clock face registering a minute before midnight on the title date. A lightning bolt causes a London omnibus, filled with unrelated, unacquainted passengers, to crash into a shop. Events of the prior
twenty-four hours in the lives of six of them are detailed in separate sequences; suspensefull...