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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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Taglines:

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

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Drama | History | Romance

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Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

13 July 1953 (UK)  »

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Nearer My God to Thee  »

Box Office

Budget:

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

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The poem that Julia recites to Gifford is "When I Was One-and-Twenty", number XIII by A.E. Housman from his book "A Shropshire Lad". See more »

Goofs

In reality, RMS Titanic collided with the iceberg at 23:40 on April 14th. In the film, it collides at 23:35 on April 15th. See more »

Quotes

Gifford "Giff" Rogers: If you get a good omlette, who cares whether the chicken likes you or not?
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Connections

Edited into The Time Tunnel: Rendezvous with Yesterday (1966) See more »

Soundtracks

The Glow Worm
(1902) (uncredited)
Music by Paul Lincke
Played by the band on the Titanic
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Strangely modern or simply timeless.
27 February 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

If you're unfamiliar with Clifton Webb (3 Oscar nominations, 1 Golden Globe award -- all for other work) just think Campbell Scott and you'll not be far off. Webb carries this film. but Ms Stanwyck as his wife, and Robert Wagner and Audrey Dalton as the young couple are all remarkably good. Stanwyck is rarely this on, imhb.

The set up is all about the people, not the ship, and it works because when the iceberg strikes, it's as if we never saw it coming, and now these good folk mean the world to us.

The pacing is superb, and I can assure you that you will wish the film were longer. Never mind the barely adequate sets: they don't slow or offset the action. The B&W photography is strangely modern in the ratio of closeups to long-shots. At least enough of the crowd is constantly moving and filling the screen expertly for us not to notice that the camera is usually stationary.

This film was unusually successful on television. It was one of the first of those shown in the late 50's when the networks began showing prime time full length feature films of fairly recent vintage on weekend nights. It was an event. Who knew television could entertain showing prime time movies?


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