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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 ... 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 ... 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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The Leviathan of All Talkies See more »

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Drama

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Feature-film debut of D.A. Clarke-Smith. See more »

Quotes

Padre: But how extraordinary... some people make this passage year after year without seeing even enough ice to put in a cocktail. And here are we, meeting a real 'berg the very first time
[chuckles]
Padre: . Aren't we lucky!
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Alternate Versions

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

Connections

Version of Kraft Theatre: A Night to Remember (1956) See more »

Soundtracks

Johnny's So Long At the Fair
(uncredited)
Traditional
[Played during the sinking scenes.]
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A young Madeleine Carroll and more
12 June 2006 | by kiroman101See all my reviews

I purchased this film on DVD to add to my collection of Madeleine Carroll films, and although the stunningly beautiful actress does not have a tremendous amount of screen time, I was not disappointed in the final product. I've never particularly cared for disaster films, and the Cameron blockbuster of a few years ago left me decidedly cold, as it were. Not being an expert on the events surrounding the sinking, I was still quite sure that this mega-hit had little relation to what actually transpired on that fateful night. In any event, I am convinced that the film under review is of greater historical accuracy, and unlike the other reviewers, I am not particularly discouraged to discover that a film made almost 80 years ago is not quite as "spiffy" as more recent products. At the very least, films of this type should be regarded as valuable documents of the ways things were done in the not too distant past, and when you realize that "Atlantic" was made a mere 17 years after the Titanic went down, that is all the more reason to cherish it as an invaluable time capsule of a significant event in the annals of the 20th century that still apparently fascinates a great many people.

As far as the individual performances are concerned, I thought that the players effectively conveyed the starkness of the dilemma the doomed passengers were facing, especially the futility of those remaining men who had hope no hope of salvation, the end being only a matter time. Of particular note was the abrupt contrast between the gay frivolity that permeated the mood immediately before the bad news was conveyed by Lanchester and what immediately followed. Add to that Monica's frantic separation from her husband, as she was literally dragged on to the hanging lifeboat, was quite poignant, made all the more so when the news that she was pregnant became known later.

For those interested in a well made vintage film that provides a fascinating look at a sensational event with which practically everyone alive has at least some inkling of, I highly recommend this film. (And there's the added bonus of a very young Madeleine Carroll to feast your eyes on).


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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:

GBP2,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Photophone System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
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