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A Night to Remember (1958)

Not Rated | | Biography, Drama, History | 16 December 1958 (USA)
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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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(as Roy Baker)

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Second Officer Charles Herbert Lightoller
Ronald Allen ... Mr. Clarke
... Maj. Arthur Peuchen
... Mrs. Liz Lucas
... Capt. Arthur Rostron
... Mr. Murphy
Jill Dixon ... Mrs. Clarke
Jane Downs ... Mrs. Sylvia Lightoller
James Dyrenforth ... Col. Archibald Gracie
... Thomas Andrews
Kenneth Griffith ... Wireless Operator John 'Jack' Phillips
Harriette Johns ... Lady Richard
... Chairman J. Bruce Ismay
... First Officer William Murdoch
... Assistant Wireless Operator Harold Bride
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A successful attempt at an even-handed portrayal of the White Star Line's (later part of Cunard) luxury liner R.M.S. Titanic's sinking from the standpoint of 2nd Officer Charles Herbert Lightoller, himself the most senior of the ill-fated ship's Deck Officers to survive the disaster. (Lightoller later went on to distinguish himself as a line British Naval Officer during the First World War and served as a Senior Naval Staff Officer (convoys) during WWII. Between wars he owned and operated a successful family business producing pleasure craft.) His own survival of the sinking, along with several others, is shown atop one of the liner's two "collapsible" lifeboats which was capsized in floating off the liner as it sank. The picture depicts then known facts (c1958) as reported after the sinking; such as the woeful lack of adequate lifeboats, the ship's band playing true to the very end, White Star's co-owner Bruce Ismay's somewhat less than chivalrous departure from the sinking vessel -... Written by drew_wallner@verizon.net

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TITANIC... The greatest sea drama in living memory told as it really happened! See more »


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16 December 1958 (USA)  »

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Titanic  »

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$1,680,000 (estimated)
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(Westrex Recording System)

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1.66 : 1
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Trivia

Desmond Llewelyn (Seaman at Steerage Gate), Geoffrey Bayldon (Wireless Operator Cyril Evans) and Alec McCowen (Wireless Operator Harold Thomas Cottam) would all later play Q in "James Bond" films: Llewelyn played the role in 17 official Bond films from From Russia with Love (1963) to The World Is Not Enough (1999), Bayldon played him in Casino Royale (1967) and McCowen played him in Never Say Never Again (1983). See more »

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During the final moments a steward is seen comforting a child as the crowd moves aft. He is heard to say "Keep off this child! Keep off this child!" However, he is actually seen speaking to the child before, during, and after this dialogue and his mouth is not saying the words that are heard. See more »

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Mrs. Sylvia Lightoller: [as Lightoller is preparing to leave for the voyage] Do you think they'll promote you to First Officer after this trip, Bertie?
Second Officer Charles Herbert Lightoller: Well, that depends whether they keep old Wilde on, or not.
Mrs. Sylvia Lightoller: You were First on the "Majestic".
Second Officer Charles Herbert Lightoller: Ah, but that was *temporary*!
Mrs. Sylvia Lightoller: Don't you mind?
Second Officer Charles Herbert Lightoller: No. Bill Murdoch's the one with his nose out of joint this trip. Ambitious fellow, is Bill.
Mrs. Sylvia Lightoller: So are you. You *know* you are.
Second Officer Charles Herbert Lightoller: Well, I'd rather be Second on the "Titanic" than First, or even Chief on any *other* ship*
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Crazy Credits

Opening credits prologue: 1912 See more »

Connections

Edited into Sax Rohmer's The Castle of Fu Manchu (1969) See more »

Soundtracks

An der schönen blauen Donau Walzer (The Blue Danube Waltz) Op. 314
(1867) (uncredited)
Composed by Johann Strauss
Played on the Titanic as dance music
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A FILM to remember too.
20 November 2001 | by See all my reviews

Including the very first movie that dealt with the Titanic disaster, SAVED FROM THE TITANIC (1912) starring Dorothy Gibson, an actual survivor who wore the same outfit in the movie that she had on that fateful night just a few months earlier, there have been TEN movies made covering the sinking, A NIGHT TO REMEMBER, based on Walter Lords' ultimate reference work of the same name, was the 6th. The film has no equal! For those who are interested, the other nine ARE chronologically:

TITANIC (1915) TITANIC: DISASTER IN THE ATLANTIC (1929) TITANIC (1943) TITANIC (1953) A NIGHT TO REMEMBER (1958) SOS TITANIC (1979) TITANIC (1984) TITANIC (1996) TITANIC (1997)

The REASON that A NIGHT TO REMEMBER excels, is that it is a straight up docudrama of the event. Historical accuracy (lets forget the "split,"... although actually "suggested" by a few eye-witnesses at the time, it was believed the ship had foundered intact) was observed, the main characters were vastly better portrayed than in later films and the "scale" of the disaster far more keenly felt, for all James Cameron's $180 million! Kenneth More made an unimprovable-upon Captain Lightoller and Laurence Naismith simply WAS Captain Smith. (The less said about Bernard Hill's loopy characterization in Cameron's epic, the better!) Those who wish to compare multi million dollar digitization to that which was available in 1958 need to get REAL and for all that money, and exciting as Cameron's was - it just didn't either LOOK or feel anything more than, well...a massive film-set! The 1958 version went to the heart of the tragedy...and took the viewer with them. A NIGHT TO REMEMBER will remain a tribute...THE tribute to that night of madness. Little things, David McCallum fighting for his life-vest, Michael Goodliffe as Thomas Andrews - dignity personified waiting for his last moments, the drunken cook - they were all worth more than $100 million dollars worth of fx! You can't BUY credibility. This could never have been an American tale - it didn't work with the 1953 Barbara Stanwyck version and it didn't ring true for Cameron (good though it was as a movie rather than as the tragedy!) Did anyone notice dear old "Q" (Desmond Llewelyn) below decks and old Brit-turned-Aussie favorite Stuart Wagstaff, as a steward in Steerage?


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