Starflight One (1982) (part 2 of 11)
Cut to daytime at a mansion in Beverly Hills, California. (Yes, there’s another caption.) On the back patio, an elderly man is having breakfast with a middle-aged guy. At first, I was getting a serious Mr. Burns/Smithers vibe from these two, but it turns out they’re really father and son. And since they’re well-to-do, they of course wear formal business attire when having meals together. Oh, and we won’t find this out until a little later, but the old guy is the same “QT” that was just on the phone with Bodish. And he’s a cutie, alright!
So the Middle-Aged Son suggests they listen to Josh’s suggestions about postponing the flight. QT grumps, “Josh Gilliam would have us improve Starflight One to the point which it is the most improved aircraft that never got off the ground!”
We get a shot of QT, and uh-oh. Since all disaster movies seem to be required by law to feature at least one former Oscar winner slumming it, QT is played by Ray Milland, who won the gold for his performance as an alcoholic in Lost Weekend (and who gave a substantially less impressive performance peeking over Rosie Greer’s shoulder in The Thing With Two Heads). Actually, after X: The Man with X-Ray Eyes and Frogs, you could argue this movie is a step up for Ray.