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Titanic (1953)

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



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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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Release Date:

13 July 1953 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

Nearer My God to Thee  »

Box Office


$1,805,000 (estimated)

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Recording)


(archive footage)|

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


Some of the original Titanic survivors were invited to a tear-filled special screening of the film in New York. See more »


Mr. Sturges buys a ticket from a 3rd class "Spanish" passenger. In fact, the Spanish passengers (3) were on 1st class and (5) on 2nd class. There were not Spanish passengers on steerage. See more »


Maude Young: I've seen that look before. He's a runaway.
Earl Meeker: From what, some woman?
Maude: No, he's running too fast for that.
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Referenced in The Poseidon Adventure (1972) See more »


Yard by Yard
(1909) (uncredited)
(Williams College fight song)
Music by Clarence F. Brown and Hamilton B. Wood
Lyrics by Clarence F. Brown and L.S. Potter
Sung by Robert Wagner and friends
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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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