It was one of the greatest prop failures in movie-making history.
During the production of the movie Jaws, “Bruce” the costly, pneumatically powered mechanical shark, never worked as designed.
Unfortunately, Bruce was slated to appear in almost every attack scene. Malfunctions happened routinely. The studio almost shut down production because Bruce became such a pain.
With the exception of the final few minutes of the movie, director Steven Spielberg mostly abandoned Bruce and reverted to the classic Hitchcock approach: the power of suggestion. Continue Reading