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Titanic (1953)

Not Rated | | Drama, History, Romance | 13 July 1953 (UK)
An unhappy married couple deal with their problems on board the ill-fated ship.

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Storyline

Unhappily married and uncomfortable with life among the British upper crust, Julia Sturges takes her two children and boards the Titanic for America. Her husband Richard also arranges passage on the doomed luxury liner in order to let him have custody of their two children. Their problems soon seem minor when the ship hits an iceberg. Written by Daniel Bubbeo <dbubbeo@cmp.com>

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TITANIC in Emotion...in Spectacle...in Climax...in Cast!

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Drama | History | Romance

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13 July 1953 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

Nearer My God to Thee  »

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$1,805,000 (estimated)
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(Western Electric Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Film debut of Edmund Purdom (uncredited, as Second Officer Lightoller). He later voiced a character in the animated film Titanic: The Legend Goes On. See more »

Goofs

Themla Ritter makes a sarcastic remark to Mr. Ritter in the lifeboat, suggesting that he is a coward. Mr. Meeker is dressed in a woman's overcoat and scarf. It has been a long-established fact that the "men dressed as women" to survive the disaster was a hoax. This was a rumor started by one survivor's business competitor to discredit him. See more »

Quotes

Maude Young: Where I come from this is either a revival meeting or a crap game.
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Connections

Edited into Spisok korabley (2008) See more »

Soundtracks

Nearer, My God, to Thee
(1856) (uncredited)
Music by Lowell Mason (1856)
Lyrics by Sarah F. Adams (1841)
Played by the band on the Titanic as it sunk and sung by passengers and crew
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You've seen Cameron/Leo's Version, Now See THIS!
16 July 1999 | by (Cherry Hill, New Jersey) – See all my reviews

While I saw and enjoyed the current "Titanic," I've always held a special place for the excellent 1953 version. Charles Brackett and Walter Reisch's Oscar-winning screenplay, deftly blending fact with fancy, tells the story compellingly in about half the time of the Cameron film. And what a cast! Barbara Stanwyck, Clifton Webb, Richard Basehart, the young Robert Wagner (looking positively "DiCaprioesque," as it were!), the (unfortunately) near-forgotten Brian Aherne, and the underrated Audrey Dalton all give sterling performances. The special effects are equal to anything in the Cameron film. And it all comes together under Jean Negulesco's sure-footed direction. As I say, you've seen the Cameron film, now see the film where they got it right!

To update these comments almost seven years after they were originally written, the DVD of this film is definitely one for any Titanic buff to have in their collection. It features TWO separate commentary tracks, one by critic Richard Schickel and stars Robert Wagner and Audrey Dalton, the other by Titanic historians. There is also the original theatrical trailer and newsreel footage of the film's premiere and Oscar wins. Most impressive of all, though, is a fascinating feature-length documentary, narrated by Victor Garber (ship-builder Thomas Andrews in the Cameron/DiCaprio film), about the sinking of the Titanic and how's it's been presented in films and on TV from the silent era to the present. All this on one DVD.


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