Kraft Theatre: Season 9, Episode 26

A Night to Remember (28 Mar. 1956)
"Kraft Television Theatre" A Night to Remember (original title)

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This episode is about the passengers and the terrible tragedy of the most famous ship, Titanic.



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Episode credited cast:
Sandy Ackland ...
Steerage Passenger
Millette Alexander ...
William Becker ...
Crewman / Officer
Roger Evan Boxill ...
Crewman / Officer
Crewman / Officer
Walter Burke ...
Steerage Passenger
Helena Carroll ...
Steerage Passenger
George Cathrey ...
David Cole ...
Crewman / Officer
Valerie Cossart ...
Mrs. Ryerson
First Class Passenger
Roy Dean ...
'Californian' Officer
Clarence Derwent ...
Hugh Dunne ...
First Class Passenger


This episode is about the passengers and the terrible tragedy of the most famous ship, Titanic.

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28 March 1956 (USA)  »

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Fascinating and very effective
13 January 2011 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

This must have been quite a spectacular and ambitious piece of television in its day. To modern eyes of course it looks quite primitive (hard to simulate scenes of mass panic with 20 people) but I was very impressed to think it was all broadcast live and some moments were quite moving (the dissolve from a crowd of Third Class passengers looking helplessly for a lifeboat to a shot of an empty davit from which the last boat was launched).

It was also interesting to see a few parallels with the later film version (the slow close-up on to the silent headphones on the Californian, for example). Even some of the dialogue seems to have 'inspired' Eric Ambler's script (although both versions were based on true-life accounts, so they have the same factual basis).

A few other points: Patrick Macnee who plays Thomas Andrews here would star opposite Honor Blackman (who took a major role in the film version) in the 'The Avengers'. I also spotted Michael Gorrin, who would play the old man in the original 'Taking of Pelham 1-2-3, as a Third Class passenger.

All in all very well done indeed.

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