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A Night to Remember -- On April 14, 1912, the "unsinkable" Titanic struck an iceberg. In less than three hours, it had plunged to the bottom of the sea, taking with it more than 1,500 of its 2,200 passengers. In his unforgettable render­ing of Walter Lord's book of the same name, the acclaimed British director Roy Ward Baker depicts with sensitivity, awe, and a fine sense of tragedy the ship's last hours.
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Walter Lord (from the book by)
Eric Ambler (screenplay)
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Release Date:
16 December 1958 (USA) See more »
TITANIC... The greatest sea drama in living memory told as it really happened! See more »
An account of the ill-fated maiden voyage of RMS Titanic in 1912. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Won Golden Globe. Another 1 win & 1 nomination See more »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Kenneth More ... Second Officer Charles Herbert Lightoller
Ronald Allen ... Mr. Clarke
Robert Ayres ... Maj. Arthur Peuchen

Honor Blackman ... Mrs. Liz Lucas
Anthony Bushell ... Capt. Arthur Rostron - Carpathia
John Cairney ... Mr. Murphy
Jill Dixon ... Mrs. Clarke
Jane Downs ... Mrs. Sylvia Lightoller
James Dyrenforth ... Col. Archibald Gracie

Michael Goodliffe ... Thomas Andrews
Kenneth Griffith ... Wireless Operator John 'Jack' Phillips
Harriette Johns ... Lady Richard
Frank Lawton ... Chairman J. Bruce Ismay
Richard Leech ... First Officer William Murdoch

David McCallum ... Assistant Wireless Operator Harold Bride

Alec McCowen ... Wireless Operator Harold Thomas Cottam - Carpathia
Tucker McGuire ... Mrs. Margaret 'Molly' Brown
John Merivale ... Robbie Lucas
Ralph Michael ... Mr. Yates
Laurence Naismith ... Capt. Edward John Smith
Russell Napier ... Capt. Stanley Lord - Californian
Redmond Phillips ... Mr. Hoyle
George Rose ... Chief Baker Charles Joughin
Joseph Tomelty ... Dr. William O'Loughlin
Patrick Waddington ... Sir Richard
Jack Watling ... Fourth Officer Joseph Boxhall
Geoffrey Bayldon ... Wireless Operator Cyril Evans - Californian
Michael Bryant ... Sixth Officer James Moody
Cyril Chamberlain ... Quartermaster George Thomas Rowe
Richard Clarke ... Gallagher
Bee Duffell ... Mrs. Farrell
Harold Goldblatt ... Benjamin Guggenheim
Gerald Harper ... 3rd Officer - Carpathia
Richard Hayward ... Victualling Officer
Thomas Heathcote ... Steward
Danuta Karell ... Polish Mother
Christina Lubicz ... Polish Girl
Barry MacGregor ... Apprentice James Gibson - Californian
Edward Malin ... Dining Saloon Steward (as Eddie Malin)
Patrick McAlinney ... Mr. James Farrell
Helen Misener ... Mrs. Ida Straus
Mary Monahan ... Kate
Howard Pays ... Fifth Officer Harold Lowe
Philip Ray ... Reverend Anderson
Harold Siddons ... Second Officer Herbert Stone - Californian
Julian Somers ... Mr. Bull - Man on Train

Tim Turner ... Third Officer Charles Groves - Californian
Meier Tzelniker ... Mr. Isador Straus
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Bart Allison ... Drunk (uncredited)
Jean Anderson ... Stuffy Lady in Lifeboat (uncredited)
Keith Anderson ... Assistant Purser (uncredited)
Maidie Andrews ... Christening Lady (uncredited)
Roger Avon ... Lookout Reginald Lee (uncredited)
Denise Aylmer ... Older Sharp-Featured Woman with Black Curly Hair (uncredited)
Richard Beale ... Harbor Pilot (uncredited)
Charles Belchier ... Wallace Hartley - Orchestra Leader (uncredited)
Joan Benham ... Lottie (uncredited)
Janet Bradbury ... Titanic Passenger (uncredited)
Douglas Bradley-Smith ... Head Waiter (uncredited)
Olwen Brookes ... Miss Evans (uncredited)

Jeremy Bulloch ... Boy Jumping Into Water (uncredited)

Peter Burton ... 1st Class Steward (uncredited)
Henry Campbell ... W.T. Stead (uncredited)
Pauline Challoner ... Lucas Child (uncredited)
Pauline Chamberlain ... Wife (uncredited)
Alexis Chesnakov ... Passenger (uncredited)
Donald Churchill ... Passenger (uncredited)

Sean Connery ... Titanic Deck Hand (uncredited)
George A. Cooper ... Carpathia Purser Hughes (uncredited)
Emerton Court ... Chief Engineer Joseph Bell (uncredited)
John Dunbar ... Scotsman (uncredited)
Gay Emma ... Lucas Child (uncredited)

Bernard Fox ... Lookout Frederick Fleet (uncredited)
Peter Grant ... Titanic Crew Member (uncredited)
Rosamund Greenwood ... Mrs. Bull - Woman on Train (uncredited)
Jonathan Hanson ... Hysterical Man (uncredited)
Paul Hardwick ... Guggenheim's Valet (uncredited)
Gladys Henson ... Hysterical Woman (uncredited)
Carmen Hill ... Titanic Passenger (uncredited)
Arthur Hosking ... Purser Hugh McElroy (uncredited)
Glyn Houston ... Stoker (uncredited)
Robert James ... Engineer (uncredited)
Stratford Johns ... Crewman on Upturned Lifeboat (uncredited)
Jeremy Judge ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Andrew Keir ... 2nd Engineer Officer John Henry Hesketh (uncredited)
Ann Lancaster ... Mrs. Bull - Woman on Train (uncredited)
Howard Lang ... Chief Officer Henry Wilde - Titanic (uncredited)
Gerald Lawson ... Steerage Passenger (uncredited)
Michael Lees ... Man With Souvenir Piece of Ice (uncredited)
Charles Leno ... Seaman (uncredited)

Desmond Llewelyn ... Seaman at Steerage Gate (uncredited)
Arthur Lovegrove ... Stoker (uncredited)
Stephen Lowe ... Tom Lucas (uncredited)
Clive Marshall ... Crew Member (uncredited)
Allan McClelland ... Lottie's Husband (uncredited)

John Moulder-Brown ... Titanic Passenger (uncredited)
Tom Naylor ... Man in Dressing Gown (uncredited)

Derren Nesbitt ... Stoker Holding Oar on Upturned Lifeboat (uncredited)
Jim O'Brady ... Engineer Being Crushed by Dynamo (uncredited)
Etain O'Dell ... Stewardess (uncredited)
Maureen O'Reilly ... Lottie (uncredited)
Hal Osmond ... Steward (uncredited)
Anthony Pendrell ... Passenger (uncredited)
Steve Plytas ... Greek Steerage Passenger Arguing with James Kieran (uncredited)
Robert Raglan ... Carpathia Chief Engineer (uncredited)
Mavis Ranson ... Titanic Passenger (uncredited)
Charles Rayford ... Waiter (uncredited)

John Richardson ... Valet (uncredited)
Joyce Riley ... Titanic Passenger (uncredited)
George Roderick ... Steward (uncredited)

Alan Rolfe ... Carpenter (uncredited)

Norman Rossington ... James Kieran - Titanic Chief Steerage Steward (uncredited)
Grace Denbigh Russell ... Woman (uncredited)
Hennie Scott ... Titanic Crewman (uncredited)
Robert Scroggins ... Titanic Bellboy (uncredited)
Richard Shaw ... Crewman (uncredited)
Charles Stapley ... Passenger (uncredited)
Jack Stewart ... Stoker (uncredited)
Marianne Stone ... Stewardess (uncredited)
James Sutherland ... Titanic Passenger (uncredited)
Dudley Sutton ... Lookout (uncredited)
Alma Taylor ... Old Lady (uncredited)
Larry Taylor ... Seaman (uncredited)
Teresa Thorne ... Miss Edith Russell (uncredited)
The Blake Twins ... Titanic Passengers (uncredited)
Stuart Wagstaff ... Titanic Steward (uncredited)
John Warren ... Titanic Crewman (uncredited)
Russell Waters ... Chief Clerk - Victualling Department (uncredited)
Joey White ... Titanic Passenger (uncredited)
Gordon Whiting ... Clerk - Victualling Department (uncredited)
Kathleen Williams ... Titanic Passenger (uncredited)

Directed by
Roy Ward Baker  (as Roy Baker)
Writing credits
Walter Lord (from the book by)

Eric Ambler (screenplay)

Produced by
William MacQuitty .... producer
Earl St. John .... executive producer
Original Music by
William Alwyn (music composed by)
Cinematography by
Geoffrey Unsworth (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Sidney Hayers 
Casting by
Weston Drury Jr. (uncredited)
Art Direction by
Alex Vetchinsky 
Costume Design by
Yvonne Caffin (costumes designer)
Makeup Department
W.T. Partleton .... makeup
Pauline Trent .... hairdresser
Biddy Chrystal .... hair stylist (uncredited)
Production Management
Jack Hanbury .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Robert Asher .... assistant director
Maurice Gibson .... second assistant director (uncredited)
Ron Jackson .... third assistant director (uncredited)
David Tringham .... second assistant director (uncredited)
Art Department
Len Townsend .... set dresser
Bert Gaiters .... property master (uncredited)
Sound Department
Geoffrey Daniels .... sound recordist
Gordon K. McCallum .... sound recordist
Harry Miller .... sound editor
Harry Fairbairn .... sound assistant (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Bill Warrington .... special effects
Jack Cooper .... stunts (uncredited)
Nosher Powell .... stunts (uncredited)
Jack Silk .... stunts (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
David Harcourt .... camera operator
John Alcott .... focus puller (uncredited)
Mike Fox .... clapper loader (uncredited)
Norman Gryspeerdt .... still photographer (uncredited)
Reg Johnson .... camera operator: second unit (uncredited)
Skeets Kelly .... director of photography: second unit (uncredited)
Peter MacDonald .... clapper loader (uncredited)
Ian McMillan .... second camera (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Dorothy Edwards .... wardrobe supervisor: women (uncredited)
Bert Simmonds .... wardrobe supervisor: men (uncredited)
Music Department
Muir Mathieson .... conductor
Other crew
Arthur Alcott .... production controller: Pinewood Studios
Penny Daniels .... continuity
Bob Herrington .... unit publicist (uncredited)
Joseph Boxhall .... the producers gratefully acknowledge the assistance of (as Commander Boxhall who was 4th Officer of the Titanic)
Harry Grattidge .... the producers gratefully acknowledge the assistance of (as Captain Grattidge O.B.E. Ex-Commodore of The Cunard Line)
Crew verified as complete

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123 min | Spain:114 min
Black and White (archive footage) | Black and White
Aspect Ratio:
1.66 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Westrex Recording System)
Australia:PG | Canada:PG (Ontario) | Finland:K-16 | Sweden:15 | UK:U (original rating) (cut) | UK:PG (video rating) (1987) (1990) (1998) | USA:Not Rated | USA:TV-G (TV rating) | West Germany:16 (f)

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The big model used in the sinking scenes was 35 feet long. The pool in which they filmed was only 15 feet deep, so the model was constructed in sections. As each section sank out of view, they removed it so that it wouldn't hit bottom.See more »
Audio/visual unsynchronized: During the final moments a steward is seen comforting a child as the crowd moves aft. He is heard to say "Keep off this child! Keep off this child!" However, he is actually seen speaking to the child before, during, and after this dialogue and his mouth is not saying the words that are heard.See more »
Mrs. Margaret 'Molly' Brown:[looks around Lifeboat 6 as it's being lowered] Hey, we've only got one sailor with us. That's not enough to manage this boat.
[Calls up to the Boat Deck as other women look around and confirm her observation]
Mrs. Margaret 'Molly' Brown:Hold it there.
Second Officer Charles Herbert Lightoller:[to seamen at falls] Stop lowering.
[Calls down to the boat]
Second Officer Charles Herbert Lightoller:What's the matter?
Mrs. Margaret 'Molly' Brown:Hey son. We only got one sailor in this boat!
Second Officer Charles Herbert Lightoller:[Looks around Boat Deck for any available seamen] Are there any spare hands here?
Maj. Arthur Peuchen:[Looks around, notices there are no seamen around, and steps forward] I'll go, if you like.
Second Officer Charles Herbert Lightoller:Are you a sailor?
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Movie Connections:
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29 out of 31 people found the following review useful.
A Worthwhile Straightforward Treatment, 20 October 2004
Author: Snow Leopard from Ohio

The Titanic disaster has provided material for quite an assortment of films, and a number of them have at least something to offer. This is one of the more effective, with its straightforward and, based on the knowledge then available, factually accurate approach. One particularly worthwhile aspect is that it spends more time detailing the reasons for the disaster than do most movies on the subject.

Often movies that try to stay close to the facts suffer from a lack of focus, especially when there is/are no central character(s) to hold things together. In this adaptation of "A Night to Remember", they solved the problem by focusing much of the action around Second Officer Lightoller, who was involved in some way in so many different aspects of what happened. As a device it works well, and there is enough action involving the other characters to keep it balanced.

Another inherent challenge in the story is that there are so many characters, and most of them hold some interest. In this adaptation, they chose simply to depict as many brief situations as possible, often without giving much with which to identify the characters. If you are familiar with Walter Lord's book, it is often possible to identify many of them, but otherwise, it might be a little confusing to sort through so many characters.

For such a detail-heavy story, this is an effective and commendable movie. With very few frills, it tells the story believably and sometimes memorably.

It does a pretty good job of meeting the main challenges, not telling the complete story, of course, but providing a worthwhile overview of events.

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