A recounting of the infamous 1937 airship disaster and its subsequent investigation.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Himself - Narrator (voice)
Dr. Hugo Eckener
Mark McGann ...
Commander Rosendahl (as Mark Mcgann)
Simon Lowe ...
Joseph Spah
Nelson Morris
Margaret Mather
Thorston Manderlay ...
Chief Steward Kubis
Jean Rosendahl
Captain Sammt
Aleksander Trabczynski ...
Phillip Goss ...
South Trimble
Mathilda Doehner (as Iza Kuna)
Pascale Bastian ...
Irene Doehner


Hindenburg: Titanic of the Skies dramatizes explosion and crash of the Hindeburg which tragically took the lives of 36 people. It also looks at the investigation into the causes of the disaster which considers the possibility of sabotage and static electricity. Written by Shatterdaymorn

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Release Date:

17 September 2007 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

Hindenburg: The Untold Story  »

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£770,000 (estimated)

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1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?


Every American flag that is shown is a 50 star American flag, the flag would of been 48 stars. See more »


The notation on the screen at the beginning of the show indicates May 6th 1937, New Jersey. The baseball glove shown in the picture is a Greg Maddux Wilson-brand baseball glove. Greg Maddux played baseball from 1986 to 2008. See more »

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An overlong rather bland production with no surprises except one fine performance.
17 September 2007 | by (London) – See all my reviews

A no larger than medium sized budget re-enactment of the immediate circumstances surrounding the crashing in flames of the mighty German airship Hindenburg in 1937 on its arrival in the USA and the subsequent investigation into the cause by its designer.

A fairly plain story extended to nearly 2 hours duration with breaks, 89 mins without, its heavily portentous trailing that the cause will be shocking and unexpected turns out to be itself a damp squib when finally revealed. The death toll was, considering the inferno from which they escaped, relatively low at 35 with something like 60 survivors. Its place as a historical event was due mainly to the extreme spectacle of the airship's demise, the fact that it was filmed and that a recording was made of a live commentary by a journalist who had been there to report on a grand happy occasion but instead witnessed a disaster. Inserted into this rather plain tale were archive recordings of actual survivors which injected a genuine sense of the emotions of those who could still hardly comprehend how they had managed to walk away and live.

One performance was rather outstanding. Veteran British actor Malcolm Tierney who plays the designer of the Hindenburg, has been regular but probably largely unknown face in countless TV productions. Here though he portrays the gravitas and humanity of the character with great authority - and with a consistent and convincing German accent too. Actress Lorelei King managed to outshine and overwhelm her screen husband Joe McCann despite having almost nothing to do.

A joint production with various European broadcasters its stance on the Nazi connection was rather muted and ecumenical (German airships had been used as long range bombers in WW1 - the USA were the only suppliers of non-inflamable helium but had put an embargo on its supply to Nazi Germany).

Within the last 10 years a documentary was shown on British television which sought to scientifically demonstrate that the cause of the fire was not the hydrogen but the aluminium power mixed into varnish used to coat the entire outer fabric of the Hindenburg. This does raise a question about the point of this two hour dramatised re-enactment if it did not look beyond the findings just after the accident nor was particularly enlightening about the atmosphere of mixed hostility and welcome for this massive symbol of Nazi technology on its arrival in the USA.

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