Last Voyage

The Last Voyage

Director: Andrew L. Stone, Robert Stack, Dorothy Malone, George Sanders

Cast: Andrew L. Stone, Robert Stack, Dorothy Malone, George Sanders

     
 

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Robert Stack and Dorothy Malone are Cliff and Laurie Henderson, a married couple on a vacation with their young daughter (Tammy Marihugh), taking their first sea voyage aboard the aging ocean liner Claridon. All is well for them, but not for the ship below decks, where a fire has broken out. The engine room crew, led by Chief Engineer Steven Pringle (Jack Kruschen)

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Robert Stack and Dorothy Malone are Cliff and Laurie Henderson, a married couple on a vacation with their young daughter (Tammy Marihugh), taking their first sea voyage aboard the aging ocean liner Claridon. All is well for them, but not for the ship below decks, where a fire has broken out. The engine room crew, led by Chief Engineer Steven Pringle (Jack Kruschen) and 2nd Engineer Walsh (Edmond O'Brien) extinguish the blaze, but the ship's captain (George Sanders) refuses their request to shut down the boilers and check for further damage. Disaster follows as the boilers explode, taking Pringle with them and blasting a hole through to the upper decks and an opening to the sea that's not only too big to patch but allowing in too much water for the pumps to handle. Still, the Captain won't order the passengers to the lifeboats -- he hopes that the engine room crew under Walsh can hold the bulkhead and keep the ship afloat. Meanwhile, Cliff has to rescue his daughter from their wrecked stateroom, and must do what he can to help Laurie, who is trapped beneath a huge piece of steel bulkhead, while the ship slowly loses its battle with the sea.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Bruce Eder
The Last Voyage was a neat little thriller in its time, a precursor to The Poseidon Adventure and a dozen less-well-known disaster movies of a dozen years later, with the action pitched on a more personal level. The acting is good enough, and the direction by Stone is competent, though he lacks inspiration -- the one truly great shot in the movie comes up so abruptly, and is so effective when it comes up, and is so uncharacteristic of the rest of the movie that it comes as a shock to the viewer, and is all the more effective for it. The script has problems that aren't helped by Dorothy Malone's shaky acting in a role that she seems to have been uncomfortable with, but the sheer energy of the performances, the editing, and the direction help audiences get past those deficiencies. They aren't quite enough to get us past a narration that should have never had been put onto the audio track in the first place, but absent that misjudgment by the makers, this is a movie that holds up remarkably well across four decades, and far better (and in less campy fashion) than some of its 70's-era descendants, with good performances by George Sanders, Edmond O'Brien, and Woody Strode (in one of the best roles of his career).

Product Details

Release Date:
12/09/2014
UPC:
0888574105532
Original Release:
1960
Rating:
NR
Source:
Warner Archives
Time:
1:31:00
Sales rank:
12,212

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Cast & Crew

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

Technical Credits
Andrew L. Stone Director,Producer,Screenwriter
Hal Mohr Cinematographer
Rudy Schrager Score Composer
Virginia Stone Editor,Producer

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