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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.

Director:

Andrew L. Stone

Writer:

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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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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91 MINUTES OF THE MOST INTENSE SUSPENSE IN MOTION PICTURE HISTORY (original print ad - all caps) See more »

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Drama

Certificate:

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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

Stuart Whitman was originally set to play Cliff Henderson and Sidney Poitier was to play Hank Lawson. The roles were eventually played by Robert Stack and Woody Strode. See more »

Goofs

In the final scenes of the ship sinking, as the characters jump into the water, there is an inrush of sea water onto the deck. The ship's bulkhead clearly bends over with the weight of this water as this is obviously a wooden film set and not the real ship they jump from. See more »

Quotes

Second Engineer Walsh: You know how they pick the captains for these luxury jobs. They have to pass a lot of tests. Sure, he's got to pass the dancing test, the personality test, know how to calm the passengers, make with the jokes. That's what counts.
Chief Engineer Pringle: You're pretty bitter, aren't you, Walsh?
Second Engineer Walsh: Oh, no. My dad once shipped out with a skipper like this. A joker who only thought of breaking records and never inconveniencing the passengers... until it was too late.
Chief Engineer Pringle: What ship was that?
Second Engineer Walsh: The Titanic.
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Murphy Rides With The S.S. Claridon
12 June 2010 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Andrew and Virginia Stone, the husband and wife creative team who conceived and made the film The Last Voyage had the good fortune to use a real ocean liner in their film. No miniatures for their special effects which got The Last Voyage its only recognition from the Academy.

That harbinger of bad luck named Murphy must have been on the passenger roster of the S.S. Claridon which was captained by George Sanders because the law he espoused was operating full tilt on this trans-Pacific voyage. It all starts with fire in the boiler room which leads to a series of bad luck and bad decisions.

The story of the doomed ship Claridon proceeds on a double track. There is the story of the ship sinking itself and particularly the clash with Captain Sanders and Engineer Edmond O'Brien. The second is the personal story of Robert Stack who with wife Dorothy Malone and their little girl Tammy Marihugh are traveling to Tokyo for Stack's job. When an explosion occurs both Malone and the little girl are trapped in the cabin. With all that's going on around Stack finds precious little help for his family's personal plight.

The Last Voyage is a tightly paced drama which does not waste a second of film frame in the telling of its story. Best in the film I think is Malone who is just brilliant as the woman coming to grips with an impending doom. Honorable mention should also go to Woody Strode who plays a ship's stoker who renders needed assistance to Stack in his hour of trial.

The Last Voyage was nominated for Best Special Effects, but lost to the only other film nominated that year, George Pal's The Time Machine. I'd hated to have been an Academy voter that year and have to make that choice.

Five years earlier the Andrea Doria disaster had happened only minutes from New York harbor. The stories from that sea disaster were fresh in the public mind, let alone the story of the Titanic.

Fifty years after it was released The Last Voyage holds up well and even the technology changes haven't dated this film one bit. This one is highly recommended.


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