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