Titanic

1953

Jean Negulesco
Director
20th Century Fox Film Corporation
Studio

Inferior re-telling of the Titanic disaster with a watered-down sub-plot featuring a middle-aged couple (Webb and Stanwyck) bickering over their failed relationship and the destiny of their two children. The teenage daughter from the marriage (Dalton) meets a charming young man (Wagner) whom she grows fond of, albeit after some reluctance.

As for the tragedy itself, it seems rushed, inaccurate and not altogether believable. It doesn't really capture the moment or generate any real thrills (probably deliberate as not to glamorise the event), but even so, this kind of sums up the whole movie in general.

From a historical point of view it is interesting to watch, especially to compare it to other versions of the event which have been made into movies. Unfortunately, there is too much unrelated storyline which distracts the viewer from the potential of what could have been a great film. However, "A Night To Remember", which was released five years later, went some way into making up for this disappointment.

~Lord Heath

If this were the only Titanic film, its (White) star would shine a little brighter. Interesting for the film's no-nonsense portrayal of the sinking and its penchant for renaming certain personalities - Molly Brown becomes Maude Young, for example. Another problem is that all the people we are supposed to be taking an interest in are all fairly annoying.

~The Sloth

The least of the several Titanic films, for reasons outlined above, as well as a director unsuited to such movies. Screenwriter Charles Brackett wrote he discarded most of the true stories of the disaster because they were "too fantastic for movie audiences to believe." With that kind of attitude it's not hard to see why such a tedious piece of inaccurate mediocrity resulted. Now imagine if Brackett's and Billy Wilder's partnership had not soured after Sunset Blvd.; then you would have had a great piece of cinema!

~Dave W.



11th April 1953
Cinema






2nd September 2003
DVD

Not Rated

98 mins
1.33:1




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Barbara Stanwyck
Mrs. Sturgess
Clifton Webb
Richard Sturgess
Robert Wagner
Giff Rogers
Brian Aherne
Capt. Edward J. Smith
Barry Bernard
1st Officer William M. Murdoch
Edmund Purdom
2nd Officer Charles H. Lightoller
Anthony Eustrel
Pelham Sanderson
Audrey Dalton
Annette Sturges
Harper Carter
Norman Sturges
William Johnstone
John Jacob Astor
Frances Bergen
Madeleine Astor
Allyn Joslyn
Earl Meeker
Thelma Ritter
Maude Young
Richard Basehart
Geroge Healey
Marta Mitrovich
Mrs Uzcadum
Roy Gordon
Isador Strauss
Helen Van Tuyl
Ida Strauss
James Todd
Sandy Comstock
Guy Standing
George D. Widener
James Lilburn
Devlin
Ashley Cowan
Harold S. Bride (Wireless Rm)
Dennis Frazer
Jack Philips (Wireless Rm)
Melinda Markey
College Girl
Merry Anders
College Girl
Gloria Gordon
College Girl
Charles B. Fitzsimons
Chief Officer Henry T. Wilde
Camillo Guercio
Benjamin Guggenheim
Patrick Aherne
Seaman
Salvador Baguez
Jean Pablo Uzcadum
Eugene Borden
Dock Official
George Boyce
Undetermined Role
Hamilton Camp
Messenger Boy
Donald Chaffin
Steward
Robin Sanders Clark
Junior Officer
Harry Cording
Boiler Room Engineer
John Costello
Undetermined Role
Nicolas Coster
Seaman
William Cottrell
Harry Bristow - Saloon Steward
Herbert Deans
Junior Officer
John Dodsworth
Stoker Exclaiming 'For God's Sake!'
Conrad Feia
College Boy
Michael Ferris
Steward
Elizabeth Flournoy
Woman with Baby
John Fraser
Steward
Ivis Goulding
Emma Bliss - First Class Stewardess
Lee Graham
George T. M. Symons - Lookout
Ralph Grosh
Steward
Michael Hadlow
Messenger
Ron Hagerthy
College Boy
Sam Harris
Passenger
Ivan Hayes
Officer
Joan Hayes
Undetermined Role
David Hoffman
Ship's Tailor
Robin Hughes
Junior Officer
Charles Keane
Stoker
Mae Marsh
Woman to Whom Norman Gave His Seat
Alan Marston
Quartermaster
Owen McGiveney
Steward
Harold Miller
Passenger
Alberto Morin
Waiter
Joyce Newhard
Undetermined Role
James O'Hara
Devlin - Lookout
Patrick O'Moore
Relief Man
Richard Peel
Undetermined Role
Michael Rennie
Narrator
Gordon Richards
Mr. Webster - Manager of Clothing Shop
Duke Seba
Undetermined Role
Christopher Severn
Flag Messenger
Bert Stevens
Passenger
David Thursby
Seaman
Richard West
College Boy

Lord Heath: Vidcaps
Tony Sullivan: Additional Vidcaps