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.
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 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!