Long Beach: Cyclone Racer in ‘Half Angel,’ Part 2

'Half Angel'

Cut to Cyclone Racer, which closed in 1968. Our romantic leads go for a ride on a roller coaster, being 1950s symbolism at its best.

The bored operator is Edwin Max.

The sign in the background appears to say: “Hold Your Hats and Your Girls, Not Responsible for Lost Items.”

'Half Angel'

Our romantic leads arrive on a car. And off they go.

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Cut to two-shot of Edwin Max and his boss (Harold Gary).

'Half Angel'

Process shot of Joe and Loretta in a roller coaster car.

'Half Angel'

Cut to long shot of doubles riding roller coaster. Notice that the Cyclone Racer was double-tracked.

'Half Angel'

Back to process shot of Joe and Loretta.

'Half Angel'

A new camera setup as our romantic leads return.

'Half Angel'

Hm. Our romantic leads have a smoke after their wild roller coaster ride. Because this is the 1950s and no fooling around.

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How’s this for a madcap twist? Our leads get the operator to ride the roller coaster. (He’s afraid of it).

'Half Angel'

Process shot of Edwin Max on the roller coaster.

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Long shot of stunt double riding roller coaster.

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Our romantic leads savor the moment.

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Back to double riding roller coaster.

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Oh how romantic.

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And in case you didn’t get the joke….

To be continued.

About lmharnisch

I am retired from the Los Angeles Times
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