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A Night to Remember (1958)

Not Rated | | Action, Drama, History | 16 December 1958 (USA)
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An account of the ill-fated maiden voyage of RMS Titanic in 1912.

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(as Roy Baker)

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(from the book by), (screenplay)
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A successful attempt at an even-handed portrayal of the White Star Line's (later part of Cunard) luxury liner R.M.S. Titanic's sinking from the standpoint of 2nd Officer Charles Herbert Lightoller, himself the most senior of the ill-fated ship's Deck Officers to survive the disaster. (Lightoller later went on to distinguish himself as a line British Naval Officer during the First World War and served as a Senior Naval Staff Officer (convoys) during WWII. Between wars he owned and operated a successful family business producing pleasure craft.) His own survival of the sinking, along with several others, is shown atop one of the liner's two "collapsible" lifeboats which was capsized in floating off the liner as it sank. The picture depicts then known facts (c1958) as reported after the sinking; such as the woeful lack of adequate lifeboats, the ship's band playing true to the very end, White Star's co-owner Bruce Ismay's somewhat less than chivalrous departure from the sinking vessel -... Written by drew_wallner@verizon.net

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The night the unsinkable sank See more »

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Action | Drama | History

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16 December 1958 (USA)  »

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Titanic  »

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$1,680,000 (estimated)
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(Westrex Recording System)

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(archive footage)|

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1.66 : 1
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Trivia

After the ship leaves Southampton, and we see the caption April 14, the shots of the Titanic and the passengers on deck were taken from Titanic (1943), a Nazi propaganda film. See more »

Goofs

Captain Lord of the Californian makes reference to the Californian's passengers being "in no hurry - they wouldn't be with us if they were." Although the Californian was capable of carrying both passengers and cargo, they did not have any passengers on board at the time. See more »

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Second Officer Charles Herbert Lightoller: [comes onto Carpathia's bridge] Sir?
Capt. Arthur Rostron: We're at the place now. I thought you'd like to see for yourself.
Second Officer Charles Herbert Lightoller: Oh yes. Thank you, sir.
Capt. Arthur Rostron: We've only found one body, I'm afraid. The rest must have been carried further on by the current. Of course, we'll go on searching for survivors until we turn back to New York.
Second Officer Charles Herbert Lightoller: Yes sir. How many...?
Capt. Arthur Rostron: The purser's checked the figures now. We have on board 705 survivors. Several of those in the boats were dead, I'm afraid.
Second Officer Charles Herbert Lightoller: 1500 lost.
Capt. Arthur Rostron: That's right, yes.
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Connections

Featured in Timewatch: Myths of the Titanic (2002) See more »

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Off to Philadelphia
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Traditional
Played on violin and sung by Titanic passengers
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still the best!
25 July 2004 | by (Neenah, WI) – See all my reviews

I've seen several film versions of the Titanic tragedy (I'm something of a buff--I'm distantly related to Mr. & Mrs. Edwin Kimball, who were 1st class passengers!) "A Night to Remember" is still the best, no contest. The effects are 1958 state-of-the-art, the script was meticulously researched, and the people are actually written and played as 1912 people (James Cameron's cast were a bit too much 1990's to be convincing). Even those characters who are slightly fictionalized (the "lady" who represents--without mentioning--Lady Cosmo Duff-Gordon, and "my dear son" and his family, for examples) behave as their real life counterparts would have in 1912, giving the film a documentary feel without failing to give the viewer people to identify with and care about. This is classic film-making at its finest!


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