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Atlantic (1929)

Not Rated | | Drama | 4 October 1930 (USA)
On its maiden voyage in April 1912, the supposedly unsinkable RMS Titanic hits an iceberg in the Atlantic Ocean.

Writers:

Victor Kendall, Ernest Raymond (play)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Franklin Dyall Franklin Dyall ... John Rool
Madeleine Carroll ... Monica
John Stuart ... Lawrence
Ellaline Terriss ... Alice Rool
Monty Banks ... Dandy
Donald Calthrop ... Pointer
John Longden ... Lanchester
Arthur Hardy Arthur Hardy ... Maj Boldy
Helen Haye ... Clara Tate-Hughes
D.A. Clarke-Smith D.A. Clarke-Smith ... Freddie Tate-Hughes
Joan Barry ... Betty Tate-Hughes
Francis Lister ... Padre
Gordon James Gordon James ... Capt. Collins (as Sydney Lynn)
Syd Crossley Syd Crossley ... Telegraphist
Dino Galvani Dino Galvani ... Steward
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On its maiden voyage in April 1912, the supposedly unsinkable RMS Titanic hits an iceberg in the Atlantic Ocean.

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Taglines:

BRITAIN'S TALKIE CHALLENGE TO THE WORLD ATLANTIC THE "INTOLERANCE" OF THE TALKIES (Print ad-Charleville Times, ((Brisbane, Queesland)) 20 February 1931) See more »

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 October 1930 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Titanic: Disaster in the Atlantic See more »

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Budget:

£2,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Photophone System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
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Trivia

Besides its overseas release, the German version was shown at the Alhambra, Leicester Square, London, to cater for the large German population living in London prior to World War II. See more »

Quotes

Clara Tate-Hughes: I'm not going to give way to panic as long as the ship's perfectly safe.
Betty Tate-Hughes: I'm not going to move for anyone.
John Rool: You do what your father tells you, child.
Betty Tate-Hughes: [scornfully] father, huh!
Clara Tate-Hughes: [scornfully] Your father...
John Rool: Betty, you little fool. He's trying to save your life.
Betty Tate-Hughes: Save my life?
Clara Tate-Hughes: What do you mean?
John Rool: The ship that you thought so safe will sink in about two hours.
Betty Tate-Hughes: Mr Rool!
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Alternate Versions

Released with separate English, French and German soundtracks. See more »

Connections

Version of S.O.S. Titanic (1979) See more »

Soundtracks

Nearer My God To Thee
(1856) (uncredited)
Music by Lowell Mason
Lyrics by Sarah F. Adams (as Sarah Flower Adams)
Sung by passengers as the ship sinks.
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A Standard Setting Flick
24 February 2004 | by zpzjonesSee all my reviews

True this movie is creaky by today's standards. It's a British maritime story & British production directed by a German Expressionists director who himself was getting acquainted with sound at the time. I had waited a long time to see this film in it's entirety when I found a video two-tape copy in a Sam Goodys. Before I had only seen clips of this in Titanic documentaries. If the Producers changed the Title from Titanic to Atlantic it was more in conjunction with the movie being made only 17 years after the real disaster. Many of the survivors' relatives would have been alive and well and lawsuits would have probably abounded from them as well as The White Star Line, the Titanic's owner, which was still up and running and had an image to uphold. Remember at this time the White Star Line considered the Titanic as a ship they'd rather forget. But even with the title being Atlantic the film's makers infringed upon an earlier White Star disaster in 1873 with over 300 lives lost. The ship from the 1873 disaster was called: THE ATLANTIC. The biggest White Star disaster 39 years before the Titanic.

This movie, based on an earlier stage production, was a big undertaking for 1929 sound film. Dupont is obviously a novice with sound technique. Dialogue from characters such as Tate-Hughes is often spoken in a slow-witted fashion presumably for some kind of stage effect. Characters are given names to protect the identities of the real life victims. So Captain EJ Smith-becomes-"The Captain", Charles Lighttoller-becomes-simply "Lanchester", Ben Guggenheim-becomes-"Tate-Hughes" albeit in a wheel chair and so on. Charleston type music is played instead the Ragtime & Waltzes that were actually heard on the Titanic. But Dupont set a standard with this film that all later Titanic films imitated in one way or another. This film shows the goings-on on the bridge, scenes of the engine room(pretty good by the way), the effects on important first class passengers, the steerage passengers in the lower holds and the sinking, while very stagey, is handled poignantly with the cast singing Nearer My God To Thee...this was imitated in the 1953 Titanic w/Barbara Stanwyck. But there was no visual aspect of the actual ship sinking. Perhaps a bit to harrowing to portray since it was only 17 years and the disaster would've still been fresh in some survivors minds.

Most Titanic buffs should want to see this just to see how 1929 audiences would have handled the sinking of the Titanic as told through a fictional ship called Atlantic. It's an obvious story on the Titanic but done to protect survivors & relatives of which many were living at the time. Seeing this, one can compare it to Titanic(1953), A Night To Remember(1958 classic), the made for tv S.O.S Titanic(1979) or the recent James Cameron Oscar winner. I would give it just for historical purposes 2 1/2 stars out of 4.


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