The Hindenburg is a 1975 Universal Studios film based on the Hindenburg Disaster, which took place in May 1937 when the Zeppelin LZ129 Hindenburg was destroyed by fire in Manchester Township, New Jersey. It was produced and directed by Robert Wise and starred George C. Scott, with original music by David Shire. The film departs notably from the true historical events leading up to the disaster, taking a speculative approach, and depicts the efforts of Luftwaffe Colonel Franz Ritter (Scott) from a number of threats of sabotage which have been made to the Hindenburg. Along with SS member Martin Vogel (Roy Thinnes), Ritter investigates the potential originators of the threats among the passengers on board the airship, suspecting an anti-Nazi Germany motive. As Ritter and Vogel become increasingly drawn to the ship's rigger Karl Boerth (William Atherton), a former Hitler Youth member, the true nature of the conspiracy and the impending disaster becomes clear.