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Titanic (1953)

Not Rated | | Drama, History, Romance | 13 July 1953 (UK)
An unhappily married couple struggle to deal with their problems while on board the ill-fated ship.

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Jean Negulesco
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Clifton Webb ... Richard Ward Sturges
Barbara Stanwyck ... Julia Sturges
Robert Wagner ... Gifford Rogers
Audrey Dalton ... Annette Sturges
Thelma Ritter ... Maude Young
Brian Aherne ... Captain E. J. Smith
Richard Basehart ... George Healey
Allyn Joslyn ... Earl Meeker
James Todd James Todd ... Sandy Comstock
Frances Bergen ... Madeleine Astor
William Johnstone William Johnstone ... John Jacob Astor
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Storyline

Unhappily married and uncomfortable with life among the British upper crust, Julia Sturges takes her two children and boards the Titanic for America. Her husband Richard also arranges passage on the doomed luxury liner in order to let him have custody of their two children. Their problems soon seem minor when the ship hits an iceberg. Written by Daniel Bubbeo <dbubbeo@cmp.com>

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Taglines:

TITANIC in Emotion...in Spectacle...in Climax...in Cast!

Genres:

Drama | History | Romance

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Basque | French | Spanish

Release Date:

13 July 1953 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Nearer My God to Thee See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,805,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$4,905,000
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Color:

Black and White (archive footage)| Black and White

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

During the boarding of the lifeboats, Norman changes seats with a woman who arrives at the last moment when the boat was completely full. This was inspired by the action of a Mexican passenger in first class named Manuel Uruchurtu, who did the same thing to a woman from second class who was refused a seat on the lifeboat. After he gave up his seat to her, he asked her to travel to Mexico, if she survived, and tell his wife what happened. His body was never found. See more »

Goofs

Throughout the sinking, the list increases and decreases between shots instead of methodically increasing. A port-starboard list is also often shown, when, through flooding at the front, the only noticeable tilt would have been bow-stern. See more »

Quotes

Maude Young: I've seen that look before. He's a runaway.
Earl Meeker: From what, some woman?
Maude: No, he's running too fast for that.
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Referenced in Wiseguy: No One Gets Out of Here Alive (1987) See more »

Soundtracks

The Glow Worm
(1902) (uncredited)
Music by Paul Lincke
Played by the band on the Titanic
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You've seen Cameron/Leo's Version, Now See THIS!
16 July 1999 | by BobLibSee all my reviews

While I saw and enjoyed the current "Titanic," I've always held a special place for the excellent 1953 version. Charles Brackett and Walter Reisch's Oscar-winning screenplay, deftly blending fact with fancy, tells the story compellingly in about half the time of the Cameron film. And what a cast! Barbara Stanwyck, Clifton Webb, Richard Basehart, the young Robert Wagner (looking positively "DiCaprioesque," as it were!), the (unfortunately) near-forgotten Brian Aherne, and the underrated Audrey Dalton all give sterling performances. The special effects are equal to anything in the Cameron film. And it all comes together under Jean Negulesco's sure-footed direction. As I say, you've seen the Cameron film, now see the film where they got it right!

To update these comments almost seven years after they were originally written, the DVD of this film is definitely one for any Titanic buff to have in their collection. It features TWO separate commentary tracks, one by critic Richard Schickel and stars Robert Wagner and Audrey Dalton, the other by Titanic historians. There is also the original theatrical trailer and newsreel footage of the film's premiere and Oscar wins. Most impressive of all, though, is a fascinating feature-length documentary, narrated by Victor Garber (ship-builder Thomas Andrews in the Cameron/DiCaprio film), about the sinking of the Titanic and how's it's been presented in films and on TV from the silent era to the present. All this on one DVD.


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