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A Night to Remember (1958)

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On its maiden voyage in April 1912, the supposedly unsinkable RMS Titanic hits an iceberg in the Atlantic Ocean.

Director:

Roy Ward Baker (as Roy Baker)

Writers:

Walter Lord (from the book by), Eric Ambler (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Kenneth More ... Second Officer Charles Herbert Lightoller
Ronald Allen ... Mr. Clarke
Robert Ayres ... Maj. Arthur Peuchen
Honor Blackman ... Mrs. Liz Lucas
Anthony Bushell ... Capt. Arthur Rostron
John Cairney ... Mr. Murphy
Jill Dixon ... Mrs. Clarke
Jane Downs Jane Downs ... Mrs. Sylvia Lightoller
James Dyrenforth James Dyrenforth ... Col. Archibald Gracie
Michael Goodliffe ... Thomas Andrews
Kenneth Griffith Kenneth Griffith ... Wireless Operator John 'Jack' Phillips
Harriette Johns Harriette Johns ... Lady Richard
Frank Lawton ... Chairman J. Bruce Ismay
Richard Leech ... First Officer William Murdoch
David McCallum ... Assistant Wireless Operator Harold Bride
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Storyline

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. See more »


Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

UK

Language:

English | Russian | Polish | German | Italian

Release Date:

16 December 1958 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Titanic See more »

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Budget:

$1,680,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

The Rank Organisation See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Black and White (archive footage)| Black and White

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

When Wallace Hartley tells the Titanic Band to play "Number 24", they are playing Chopin's Funeral March. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Ismay: [trying to urge people to get in the boats] Women and children first.
Mr. Isador Straus: [sees Ismay past and tries to get his wife to follow Ismay's directions] Please, Rachel, get in the boat.
Col. Archibald Gracie: Yes, Mrs. Straus, you must.
Mrs. Straus: I've always stayed with my husband, Colonel. So why should I leave him now?
Mr. Isador Straus: Please, be sensible.
Mrs. Straus: We have been living together for many years, Isador. Where you go, I go.
Col. Archibald Gracie: I'm sure nobody would object to an old gentleman like Mr. Straus going in a boat. I'll ask the officer.
Mr. Isador Straus: No! I will not go ...
[...]
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Crazy Credits

Opening credits prologue: 1912 See more »

Alternate Versions

The US Criterion Collection DVD is slightly edited. After the Titanic has sunk and Second Officer Lightoller (Kenneth More) is on top of the upturned collapsible lifeboat, a steward swims up to him with a child. Lightoller takes the child, but in the DVD, you don't see him find out that the child is already dead, and then he gently places him in the water. See more »

Connections

Version of Titanic (1996) 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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This is the way it should be done
7 May 2006 | by MOscarbradleySee all my reviews

Roy Baker made this extraordinarily fine film about the sinking of the Titanic in the style of a documentary. Although it has a large cast it has no real stars, except perhaps Kenneth More who was a star in Britain at the time. He is an officer on the ship and is the central, linking character. Constrained by budgetary considerations the film used models but the cutting and the matte-work are so fine you are seldom aware of this. The tragedy engulfs you and the tragedy is of epic proportions. The stories of individual passengers come to the fore and the naturalistic acting of the cast make these stories very moving. The film is an honest tear-jerker in a way American movies never can be. It shows the florid, flabby and bloated James Cameron movie up for what it is.


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