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Rainbow Bridge, 1970
The 1970 psychedelic film Rainbow Bridge featured ONU 632. In a sequence lasting several minutes, actress Pat Hartley is invited for a trip sightseeing which includes San Clemente, California. To the accompaniment of a soundtrack by Jimi Hendrix the bus is seen passing the camera on various streets and highways, attracting the attention of passers-by. The lone passenger stands on the platform and later sits upstairs. After pulling up at the destination, the driver is seen opening the bonnet (which bears false fleet number RLH 78) and checking the engine. The film is available on DVD.
One of the four RLHs which went to Hawaii has been seen in an episode of Hawaii Five-0, but I don't know which. Given the 278 episodes broadcast over 12 years, it could take some time watching through them to see! The filming was done in the Waikiki district of Honolulu, and involved a felon jumping on to the moving open platform, under pursuit by agents.
I believe the episode may be number 171, broadcast in season 8 on 26th September 1975, entitled 'Termination with Extreme Prejudice'. The series is not available on DVD and probably only on NTCS VHS in the US. If anybody has a copy of this episode, I would love to see it.
Oh Heavenly Dog
RLH 08 was believed to be used in this family film made in 1980 starring Chevy Chase and Jane Seymour. The story concerns a London private detective re-incarnated as Benji the dog.
Season 3, episode 5, entitled 'Black on White', first aired on 28 October, 1982
This American detective series was entirely shot in Hawaii. In this episode it opens with scenes set in London, but obviously filmed in Hawaii. There is a scene (around 30 seconds) where the distinctive sound of an AEC engine is heard then an RLH passes from right to left, the bus is driving on the left hand side of the road. No doubt it is one of the Bishop Museum batch but the front numberplate had been whited out, an advert between decks was for the Stratford on Avon Theater, the side destination box above the door showed a giant L plate. A few passengers were on board.
This entry with thanks to John Royle
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