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Atlantic (1929)

Not Rated | | Drama | 4 October 1930 (USA)
A heavily fictionalized version of the RMS Titanic story.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Franklin Dyall ...
John Rool
...
Monica
John Stuart ...
Lawrence
Ellaline Terriss ...
Alice Rool
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Dandy
Donald Calthrop ...
Pointer
...
Lanchester
Arthur Hardy ...
Maj Boldy
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Clara Tate-Hughes
D.A. Clarke-Smith ...
Freddie Tate-Hughes
...
Betty Tate-Hughes
Francis Lister ...
Padre
Gordon James ...
Capt. Collins (as Sydney Lynn)
Syd Crossley ...
Telegraphist
Dino Galvani ...
Steward
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A heavily fictionalized version of the RMS Titanic story.

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The Leviathan of All Talkies See more »

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Drama

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4 October 1930 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Titanic: Disaster in the Atlantic  »

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(RCA Photophone System)

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1.20 : 1
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Trivia

The White Star Line forbade the production company from referring to the ship in this film as "the Titanic". See more »

Quotes

Clara Tate-Hughes: I'm not going to give way to panic as long as the ship's perfectly safe.
Betty Tate-Hughes: I'm not going to move for anyone.
John Rool: You do what your father tells you, child.
Betty Tate-Hughes: [scornfully] father, huh!
Clara Tate-Hughes: [scornfully] Your father...
John Rool: Betty, you little fool. He's trying to save your life.
Betty Tate-Hughes: Save my life?
Clara Tate-Hughes: What do you mean?
John Rool: The ship that you thought so safe will sink in about two hours.
Betty Tate-Hughes: Mr Rool!
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Connections

Featured in Cinema Europe: The Other Hollywood: End of an Era (1995) See more »

Soundtracks

Life on the Ocean Wave
by Henry Russell (Melody)
Played by the ship's band during the sinking scenes.
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Interesting disaster effort.
13 May 2002 | by (Lancaster, Pennsylvania) – See all my reviews

For some reason this 1929 film was titled Atlantic when it could have easily been titled Titanic, or something with "Titanic" in its title (however it has been released on video as Titanic.) I suppose they might have titled it Atlantic due to fictional characters and stories that didn't really happen on The Titanic and its fateful voyage, but the story of the film is clearly the disaster that happened to The Titanic. The ship in the film is crossing The Atlantic, and enters areas known to have icebergs. Many of the characters introduced are wealthy types, and we know there were very rich and prominent passengers on The Titanic. Some of the characters include: A husband and father, who cheats on his wife during the voyage; his wife, who tearfully knows her husband was with another woman; their daughter, who outspokenly resents her father for cheating on her mother; a recently wed couple with child on the way; a wheelchair bound gentleman who seems to become the wisdom during the crisis; his wife, who will not leave his side when it's "women and children first;" and a man who seems to drink heavily even before the disaster happens. During the voyage the ship strikes an iceberg, and begins to sink. Lifeboats are being filled with women and children as the ship sends S.O.S. Pandemonium breaks out with many passengers, but our main characters seem to fall into a sad calmness. There is a gathering of many passengers in a lounge, and they drink or play cards to pass the time while waiting to die. On another part of the ship, people are huddled together and singing, "Nearer My God To Thee." Soon all goes black and we know the ship has gone down. This is where the film ends, and there are no scenes of the lifeboats after the sinking. Nor are we shown any scenes of surviving characters, or a rescue ship. Obviously many facts of what happened on The Titanic are correctly portrayed, but other events in Atlantic are either incorrect to The Titanic's disaster, or added as fiction. Atlantic was released by British International Pictures, and the quality of this feature is fine. The film has its typical (of the era) share of crudeness (grainy, jumping, lighting, editing), and there are several instances where it seems like a silent film. There are a couple instances where cheerful music seems very inappropriate to situations going on in the film, (I don't mean when the band begins to play as passengers are being put in lifeboats; this inappropriate music is before the ship strikes the iceberg.) There are a few instances of continuity errors in Atlantic. Atlantic does not attempt much in the way of special effects, but what is attempted is nicely done. The sinking of the ship is not shown, but is indicated when the screen goes black one final time. Having the film end right at the sinking creates a feeling of incompleteness, and it seems the story should have had a more meaningful conclusion. The acting in Atlantic is fair to good, and the film as a whole is fair to good. I found the film to be more thought-provoking than exciting, and it is an interesting disaster effort.


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