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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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Andrew L. Stone

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Andrew L. Stone
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Robert Stack ... Cliff Henderson
Dorothy Malone ... Laurie Henderson
George Sanders ... Captain Robert Adams
Edmond O'Brien ... Second Engineer Walsh
Woody Strode ... Hank Lawson
Jack Kruschen ... Chief Engineer Pringle
Joel Marston ... Third Officer Ragland
George Furness George Furness ... Third Officer Osborne
Richard Norris Richard Norris ... 3rd Engineer Cole
Marshall Kent ... Quartermaster
Andrew Hughes Andrew Hughes ... Radio Operator
Robert Martin Robert Martin ... 2nd Mate Mace
Bill Wilson Bill Wilson ... Youth
Tammy Marihugh ... Jill Henderson
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Storyline

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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 February 1960 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El último viaje See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

For the scene in which the dining room is seen flooding, with water rushing in through the portholes, fire boats were positioned alongside the ship. They fired water at the portholes into the dining room, which was still well above sea level. See more »

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Just as the ship is sinking and the water is flooding over the decks, the flimsy plywood walls of the set can clearly be seen as they wobble back and forth. If they were heavy metal, they would never flex at the rate that these walls were showing. See more »

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[Last line]
Cliff Henderson: This is one guy I'm gonna help aboard personally!
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Rich in Human Values & An Exciting Story
7 August 2004 | by tvsterlingSee all my reviews

The other comments have restored my love for this film. Like another reviewer I saw it as a kid & never forgot. I saw a world, for the first time, where things could go terribly wrong; Disney never showed me stuff like that. And when things went wrong there were good men pulling together to make it right again. One of them was a black man. A little girl was scared but brave too. The mommy would do anything for her baby & husband to make it.

Twenty odd years later I bought it & took it to our little experimental film group at the county schools. I wanted everybody to see the realism of the approach & the human values. I also wanted them to see what you could accomplish if you took advantage of a unique setting or situation. The Ile De France was on it's way to be scrapped & this was the basis for the film. Nobody would even watch & that really bummed me out. Then I lent it to my good friend Conrad. He was a retired merchant marine officer (second). He said he laughed all the way thru because many things were not exactly realistic. One thing, the stateroom was down inside the ship not up in the superstructure where staterooms are supposed to be; and stuff like that.

Well you know they were WRONG. This is great film-making; a great story well told. Gripping from start to finish. I believe it was titled '90 Minutes to Disaster' when I saw it. I was right. So what if every little fact isn't exact. I will say that the narration is a bit annoying, that is true. When a film is a memorable event in a kid's life (more than one) it's a great film.

I have just finished reading a book called 'Collision Course' by Alvin Moscow about the Stockholm, Andrea Doria disaster in 1956. The script seems to me to contain some interesting echoes from this tragedy; the worst shipping disaster since the Titanic. Not coincidentally the Ile De France was one of the rescue ships on the scene & she was famous for rendering aid in several other shipping disasters.


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