The Triangle Factory Fire Scandal

New York at the turn-of-the-century, March 24, 1911, was a bubbling melting pot of European immigrants, all hoping to start a new life and partake in the American Dream. However, the harsh reality was a city of crowded tenements and dingy factories where laborers would work 6-day, 56 hour workweeks for the paltry sum of nine dollars.

It is in this struggling, yet hopeful world where The Triangle Factory Fire Scandal takes place. The story follows the lives of four young immigrant women who work in an overcrowded garment district sweatshop. Here, you'll experience the dreams and passions of these young girls and the events that lead up to one of the most tragic fires in American history, where 146 women lost their lives.

Directed by Emmy-winner Mel Stuart, The Triangle Factory Fire Scandal captures the marvelous atmosphere of the times, while the first-rate acting performances paint a vivid portrait of a group of people who all have an appointment with destiny.

Events depicted in this film were inspired by the actual Triangle Shirt Waste Factory fire which lasted less than 20 minutes. Sweatshop conditions with blocked exits and inadequate fire escapes caused much of the tragedy. One hundred forty six employees died, mostly women. More than fifty hurled themselves from windows and panels. Eye witnesses saw an mysterious man appear who with bizarre gallantry helped young women leap from the ninth floor ledge. Twenty three individual suites against the owners of the ash building, were settled at a rate of seventy five dollars per life lost. In the months and years to follow, a state commission, born out of the tragedy, an acted legislation for fire-proofing, sprinkler systems and safety standards, from the triangle Factory ashes, the Infant International Lades Garment Workers Union gained support and strength. For the survivors, there was soles in the greco carried from other troubled lands. Life must go on.

Ted Wass as
Stacey Nelkin as
Janet Margolin as
Lauren Frost as
David Dukes as
Stephanie Zimbalist as
Tom Bosley as Morris Feldman
Tovah Feldshuh as
Charlotte Rae as Bessie
Erica Yohn as Mrs. Levin
Milton Selzer as Mr. Levin
Michael Mullins as Max Levin
Sean Roche as "teacher"
Olivia Barash as Ruthie
Judith Bergan as Edith
Bart Burns as "firechief"
Larry Gelman as Mo Pincus
Rhoda Gemignani as Mary Grasso
Jerome Guardino as Mr Roselli
Valerie Landsburg as Loretta
Eric Mason as Miller
Milt Oberman as Mr. Klein
Dave Shelley as Mr. Albertson
Will Albert as Mr. Himmelfarb
Mario Gallo as Uncle Carmine
Lillah McCarthy as "hysterical woman"
Scott Mulhern as "young man"
John O'Connell as Felix
Constance Pfeifer as Selma
Lin Shaye as Freida
Bill Sorrells as Fireman Bill
Naomi Stevens as Mrs. Goldstein
Pamela Toll as "girl"
Ron Vernan as "cutter"
Patrick Wright as Policeman Rafferty
Produced by: Paul Freeman
Director of Photography: Matthew F. Leonetti
Written by: Mel Brez
Ethel Brez
Directed by: Mel Stuart
Excutive Producer: Alan Landsburg
Don Kirshner
Merrill Grant
Music by: Walter Scharf
Associate Producer: Gary Credle
Unit Production Manager: Gary Credle
Production Design by: Alan Manser
Edited by: Corky Ehlers
Assistant Editor: Kristi Johns
Casting by: Linda Otto Associates
Effects Design by: Knott Limited
Special Effects: Robbie Knott
Craig Harrison
Dick Brownfield
Mike Wood
Leonard Emery
Joe Knott
First Assistant Director: William L. Young
Second Assistant Director: Robert P. Cohen
Set Director: Charles Pierce
Property Master: Richard Kyker
Costume Designer: Joseph Roveto
Script Supervisor: Jeanett L. Hoyle
Stunt Coordinator: Paul Knuckles
Technical Advisor: Chief Larry Schneider, L.A.F.D.
Location Manager: Rob Harland
Production Secretary: Barbara Hodous
Production Control: Bob Ames
Key Grip: John Linder, jr
Gaffer: William Tenney
Sound Mixer: Maury Harris
Transportation Caption: David Shafer
Make-up: John Norin
Hairstylist: Jan Brandow
Assistant to Executive Producer: Marilyn Lassen
Production Assistants: Tom Davies
Steve Freedman
Post Production Executive: Kay Hoffman
Post Production Supervisor: Christina Friedgen
Post Production Services by: Neiman-Tillar Associates
Re-recording by: Ryder Sound Services
Titles and Opticals: Westheimer Co.
Color by: CFI
Executive in charge of Production: Howard Lipstone

An Alan Landsburg Don Kirshner Production

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