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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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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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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Recording)


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Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


The character of Maude Young, portrayed in this motion picture by Thelma Ritter, was obviously based upon Mrs. J.J. "Unsinkable Molly" Brown of Denver, Colorado. Even though the actual names of some of the other passengers were used in the film, Mrs. Brown's was not. It has been suggested that there was some dispute between 20th Century Fox and the Brown estate over the use of Molly Brown's character. Therefore, Molly Brown of the Denver, Colorado gold silver mining fortune became, for this motion picture, Maude Young of Montana lead mining. See more »


When the college crowd is gathered around the piano, singing along, the pianist, a young man with a distinctive hair cut, is suddenly replaced in the next shot by an older man with a different haircut. See more »


Stoker: Don't go in there, sir. The starboard boiler's gone and the port one's about to go.
Rev. Headley: Are there men in there?
Stoker: A few, pinned under the rig. For God's sake mister, don't go in there.
Rev. Headley: For God's sake, I am going in there.
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Referenced in The Poseidon Adventure (1972) See more »


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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Holds Its Own
18 February 2007 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Although not as honored as the 1997 Leonardo DiCaprio-Kate Winslet story about the Titanic disaster, this version of Titanic starring Clifton Webb and Barbara Stanwyck can definitely hold its own. In fact it got an Oscar itself in 1953 for Best Story and Screenplay.

Although there was a lot more sociology in the 1997 blockbuster, people do remember most from it the story of ill fated young love between DiCaprio and Winslet. In this version we're dealing with an older married couple whose marriage is on the rocks. The old story of staying together for their children's sake is what's holding them together. But Stanwyck isn't having any more.

It's her children, Harper Carter and Audrey Dalton, that she's most concerned about. Though American from the Middle West, due to their father's influence they're taking on old world and very haughty airs. And you can't get more haughty than Clifton Webb on screen.

Brian Aherne is the foolish, but brave Captain Smith whose eagerness to do the bidding of his employers and set a record crossing led to the disaster. Robert Wagner has a nice role as the young college kid who Stanwyck tries to match up with Dalton to wean her away from her father's fascination with titled nobility.

Also look for good performances by Thelma Ritter as the Molly Brown in all but name role, Richard Basehart as the defrocked priest and Allyn Joslyn as the eager social climber.

It's Webb and Stanwyck who carry the story. Webb who originally is an snob, shows in fact some real character during the disaster. And Barbara Stanwyck's last moments as the film ends are some of then best in her long distinguished career.

It's your father's Titanic and a good one too.

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