What is in this article?:
- HVAC in Popular Movies: Did Hollywood Get It Right?
- Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory (1971)
- Community, Season 2, Episode 21, "Paradigms of Human Memory," and Season 3, Episode 1, "Biology 101," Episode 6, "Advanced Gay," Episode 21, "The First Chang Dynasty," and Episode 22, "Introduction to Finality" (2011-2012)
- 24, Season 5, episodes 12 ("6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.") and 13 ("7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.") (2006)
- The Asphalt Jungle (1950)
- Mission: Impossible (1996)
- Die Hard (1988)
- Adventures of Superman, Season 3, Episode 7: "Olsen's Millions" (1955)
- The Poseidon Adventure (1972)
- Aliens (1986)
- Ocean's Eleven (2001)
- Dr. No (1962)
- Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope (1977)
- Die Hard 2 (1990)
- No Country for Old Men (2007)
- Entrapment (1999)
- About the author
An engineer and film critic takes a look at 13 movies and three TV series whose makers were not about to let HVAC fundamentals get in the way of a good story.
Adventures of Superman, Season 3, Episode 7: "Olsen's Millions" (1955)
After Jimmy Olsen (Jack Larson) is given a $1 million reward for rescuing an eccentric woman’s cat, he and Lois Lane (Noel Neill) are locked in a vault-like room by hoodlums, led by Herbert, a con man Jimmy hired to be his butler. The room is lined with lead, so they cannot be seen by Superman (George Reeves). Jimmy and Lois are running out of air. The room, however, has a handy exhaust duct—no supply, only exhaust. The duct goes straight to the roof, although it does not have a fan. Even better, the duct is controlled by a manual damper on a string. Jimmy and Lois’ only chance is to burn Jimmy’s money and use the damper to spell out “SOS” in Morse code. Superman sees the smoke signal and comes to the rescue, and Jimmy is a penniless cub reporter again. HVAC saves the day!