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The Last Voyage (1960)

Approved | | Drama | 19 February 1960 (USA)
After a boiler explosion aboard an aging ocean liner, a man struggles to free his injured wife from the wreckage of their cabin and ensure the safety of their four-year-old daughter as the ship begins to sink.

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Complete credited cast:
... Cliff Henderson
... Laurie Henderson
... Captain Robert Adams
... Second Engineer Walsh
... Hank Lawson
... Chief Engineer Pringle
... Third Officer Ragland
George Furness ... Third Officer Osborne
Richard Norris ... 3rd Engineer Cole
... Quartermaster
Andrew Hughes ... Radio Operator
Robert Martin ... 2nd Mate Mace
Bill Wilson ... Youth
Tammy Marihugh ... Jill Henderson
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Cliff Henderson and his family are traveling aboard the SS Claridon en route to Japan. The Claridon is an old ship, on its last voyage before heading to the scrap heap. An explosion in the engine room weakens the hull and the ship is now taking on more water than the bilge pumps can deal with. The Captain seems to have difficulty accepting that his ship will sink. Henderson's wife Laurie is severely injured and trapped under a fallen beam. While the men in the engine room work frantically to shore up the hull, Henderson tries to free his wife from the wreckage with the help of one of the crew, Hank Lawson. Written by garykmcd

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AT 12:05...a woman trapped in her cabin! AT 12:22...the passengers on the decks begin to panic! AT 12:41...the desperate rescue attempt with the acetylene torch! AT 1:01...the dramatic life-and-death decision on the bridge! See more »

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Also Known As:

El último viaje  »

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Trivia

Dorothy Malone and Robert Stack previously co-starred in Written on the Wind, playing brother and sister. See more »

Goofs

When the Captain finally gives the order to send out an SOS, the radio operator says the wrong name of the ship twice. See more »

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Second Engineer Walsh: Let's get while the getting's good!
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A surprisingly realistic view of a nautical disaster
27 October 2009 | by See all my reviews

I am a retired U.S. Navy Captain, an Engineering Duty Officer who ran shipyards for many years and was Chief Engineer of an aircraft carrier. Ships and what make them tick were my thing for 30 years. I trained for the disaster depicted in "The Last Voyage" for many years and fortunately never encountered it.

I can tell you with some expertise that this is the most realistic film of this genre ever made. I was astounded watching it. They actually got most of the terminology and sequence of events correct. Edmund O'Brien made a convincing Engineer. It could almost be a training film for: > attempting to manually trip a boiler safety valve > shoring up a bulkhead in an adjacent flooded space etc.

If you want to see what something like this might be like, watch this film. I also found the ending pretty suspenseful - I wasn't quite sure who was going to live, and who was going to die.


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