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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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Cast

Complete credited cast:
... Richard Ward Sturges
... Julia Sturges
... Gifford Rogers
... Annette Sturges
... Maude Young
... Captain E. J. Smith
... George Healey
... Earl Meeker
James Todd ... Sandy Comstock
... Madeleine Astor
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!

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Drama | History | Romance

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Release Date:

13 July 1953 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

Nearer My God to Thee  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,805,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$4,905,000
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(Western Electric Recording)

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(archive footage)|

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Opening credits prologue: All navigational details of this film --- conversations, incidents and general data --- are taken verbatim from the published reports of inquiries held in 1912 by the Congress of the United States and the British Board of Trade. See more »

Goofs

When the iceberg is spotted the officer of the Watch shouts to the Helmsman Hard A' Starboard. The Helmsman turns the wheel Anticlockwise (Port). Then when you see a shot of the ship approaching the iceberg, it is turning to Port. See more »

Quotes

Richard Sturges: [after Richard and Julia have been quarreling over who will have custody of their son] May dear Julia, I've been around enough bridge tables to recognize someone who's holding a high trump - play it now if you will.
Julia Sturges: We'll discuss it later.
Richard Sturges: Now!
Julia Sturges: All right, Richard. One question first?
Richard Sturges: If it's about Norman, you know the answer. No court in the world, no power in the heavens can force me to give up my son.
Julia Sturges: He is not your son.
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Connections

Referenced in The Poseidon Adventure (1972) See more »

Soundtracks

Yard by Yard
(1909) (uncredited)
(Williams College fight song)
Music by Clarence F. Brown and Hamilton B. Wood
Lyrics by Clarence F. Brown and L.S. Potter
Sung by Robert Wagner and friends
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A fine version of an epic tragedy
30 April 2013 | by See all my reviews

Compelling, excellent version of the tragedy. While there was much to like in the more recent version I've always found this one to be the superior of the two. Clifton Webb and Barbara Stanwyck are perfectly cast as a wealthy couple whose marriage is disintegrating. They seem completely natural in their surroundings and their performances could not be bettered. The love story is sweet and unlike the newer version makes sense since both characters are from the same class, the only way in that era that they would mingle, class division was too ingrained at the time for people to move freely about the ship. A dolled up Thelma Ritter is a hoot as the unsinkable Molly Brown even though she is called Maude Young here. Not as technically sophisticated as the James Cameron version but much more emotionally resonant.


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