TitanicDirector: Jean Negulesco, Clifton Webb, Barbara Stanwyck, Robert Wagner
The 1912 sinking of the luxury liner Titanic is used as a backdrop for a several fictional subplots, chief of which involves snooty socialite Clifton Webb and his wife Barbara Stanwyck. Stanwyck has booked passage on the ill-fated passenger ship with her daughter (Audrey Dalton) and son (Harper Carter), leaving Webb far behind. Webb manages to board the ship at the last minute, and discovers that Stanwyck plans to divorce him; she further informs him that he is not the father of their son. When the Titanic sideswipes an iceberg and begins its slow descent in the Atlantic, the women and children are put on the lifeboats while the men stay behind to face death (except for cowardly cardsharp Allyn Joslyn, who disguises himself as a woman). The formerly class-conscious Webb acts with conspicuous bravery, seeing to it that several steerage passengers are ushered to safety. He is reunited with his son, who has given up his lifeboat seat to an elderly woman. All misunderstandings swept aside, Webb and his son face their final moments on earth together. In the film's best moment, a miniature recreation of the Titanic is seen sinking beneath the waves as the survivors watch from their lifeboats in numb horror.
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Cast & Crew
|Richard L. Breen||Screenwriter|
|Roger Heman||Sound/Sound Designer|
|Dorothy Jeakins||Costumes/Costume Designer|
|Sol Kaplan||Score Composer|
|Ray Kellogg||Special Effects|
|Arthur L. Kirbach||Sound/Sound Designer|
|Lionel Newman||Musical Direction/Supervision|
|Maurice Ransford||Art Director|
|Stuart A. Reiss||Set Decoration/Design|
|Lyle Wheeler||Art Director|
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'Titanic' (1953) is (stop me if you've heard this one before), the one about the boat that hits an iceberg and sinks. Whoops! Gave it away. This version stars Barbara Stanwyck and Clifton Webb as Richard and Julia; a married couple on the cusp of divorce. She¿s a brass tax kind of gal who can't stand his guts and lied to him about their son (it¿s really someone else¿s child), he finds redemption before it all gets too cold and wet. Pure fiction but hey, it's Titanic and it¿s masterfully told. Robert Wagner costars and is thoroughly out of his element as the penniless young lover, Gifford Rogers. Can you see where James Cameron got his idea for Jack Dawson? The transfer quality on Fox¿s DVD is outstanding. There is nothing to complain about apart from the rather tacky script (which was nominated for, but didn¿t win, an Oscar) and some generally low hysterics on the high seas. Molly Brown (this time played by hardy Thelma Ritter) once again gets the shaft in several scenes that are all too brief and leave Ritter with little to do but wise crack her way into a row boat. Ah, but in the extra features is where the real treat of this DVD lies. We get 'Beyond Titanic' a masterfully told, nearly two hour documentary that really gets to the bottom of things (no pun intended) and covers the full history of both the ship and its many film incarnations. This is a worth while DVD for two reasons - the documentary and its price tag - cheaper than most low budget no-name studio releases. If nothing else, you're buying the documentary and for that reason alone, it's definitely worth it!
This is a good film and has a great story. It is well written and it seemed very real. The film is very enjoyable to watch, the sinking is way too quick. The ship sinks in 35 minutes and most of it is fake - explosions, everyone on deck stopping to sing Nearer My God to Thee. After watching it you feel like watching it again because it really does seem short. It doesn't seem to be a film about the Titanic tragedy - the sinking is unemotional and the whole 35 mins is spent doing practically nothing - it seems like a low budget film about this small steamer. It doesn't compare well to James Cameron's Titanic masterpiece, but its good. You just don't realise the tragedy. The film totally ignores Ismay and Andrews - the blame is placed soley on Captain Smith. Good acting, REASONABLE special effects, and fine music. It is littered with fiction. The Grand Starcase is totally wrong, they sing the wrong hymn at church, facts are wrong, a GIANT hole is made it the ship. It looks like they didn't spend much money - only one room sinks in the entire film. The decks don't have a speck of water on them. If you like the classics, better try A NIGHT TO REMEMBER - they spent their money well, and you come out feeling like you have actually watched the true tragedy of Titanic.
I have seen all of the films about Titanic, without a doubt this is the very best, very real, outstanding.