The Towering Inferno topped the box office this week in 1975 on its way to becoming the highest grossing film released in 1974. It was also the set of some intriguing behind the scenes drama between stars Steve McQueen and Paul Newman who both demanded top-billing and the same number of lines in the screenplay.
To please its stars, the poster for The Towering Inferno offers a pyramid shaped billing compromise that would become a Hollywood standard. Read left to right, McQueen gets top billing, but read from up to down, it's Newman.
Fire was a hot subject in January of 1975. The Ohio Players topped the Soul charts with their funky single, "Fire", in late January . They would hit #1 in the Hot 100 on February 8, 1975.