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Titanic (1953)

Not Rated | | Drama, History, Romance | 13 July 1953 (UK)
An unhappily married couple struggle to deal with their problems while on board the ill-fated ship.

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Jean Negulesco
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Won 1 Oscar. Another 2 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Clifton Webb ... Richard Ward Sturges
Barbara Stanwyck ... Julia Sturges
Robert Wagner ... Gifford Rogers
Audrey Dalton ... Annette Sturges
Thelma Ritter ... Maude Young
Brian Aherne ... Captain E. J. Smith
Richard Basehart ... George Healey
Allyn Joslyn ... Earl Meeker
James Todd James Todd ... Sandy Comstock
Frances Bergen ... Madeleine Astor
William Johnstone William Johnstone ... John Jacob Astor
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Storyline

Unhappily married and uncomfortable with life among the British upper crust, Julia Sturges takes her two children and boards the Titanic for America. Her husband Richard also arranges passage on the doomed luxury liner in order to let him have custody of their two children. Their problems soon seem minor when the ship hits an iceberg. Written by Daniel Bubbeo <dbubbeo@cmp.com>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

TITANIC in Emotion...in Spectacle...in Climax...in Cast!

Genres:

Drama | History | Romance

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Basque | French | Spanish

Release Date:

13 July 1953 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Nearer My God to Thee See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,805,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Color:

Black and White (archive footage)| Black and White

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Working titles for this film were "Nearer My God to Thee" and "Passenger List." See more »

Goofs

Right at the start of the film, a valley glacier iceberg is shown splitting away and falling into the sea. The Titanic, though, was hit by an arctic iceberg, which is carried by the Gulf Stream southwards during the Northern Hemisphere summer when the outskirts of the Northern Arctic Ocean start to melt. See more »

Quotes

Richard Sturges: [after a crewman plays a trumpet to announce dinner] Why do the British find it necessary to announce dinner as if it were a cavalry charge.
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Connections

Edited into The Time Tunnel: Rendezvous with Yesterday (1966) See more »

Soundtracks

Rule Britannia
(1740) (uncredited)
Music by Thomas Augustine Arne
Played by the band on the Titanic
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User Reviews

 
This Titanic keeps on sailing
10 December 2009 | by leodipaolisSee all my reviews

What a surprise to see this 1953 sinking of the Titanic after the long and expensive James Cameron version. To say that Jean Negulesco's version is better is saying only half of it. In fact it is much, much better. The whole story told in half the time with a scrumptious script by Charles Brackett and Walter Reisch and superb performances by Barbara Stanwyck and Clifton Webb. The 1953 special effects are as effective as anything in Cameron's film but, I believe, that the secret of the older version is that the heart and mind of the filmmakers were on the human drama and the effects came to be part of it and not its center. It was also a time when stories were told thinking of an adult audience. The poignancy of of the tale is thought out by thinking people for thinking people. In the modern version, Leo teaches Kate how to spit, remember? Just look in Negulesco's version the power of the unfolding. Two disasters, one natural, irreversible, the other, human with unexpected twists and turns. Thelma Ritter plays Molly Brown with extraordinary little touches. Look at her eyes when she witnesses Webb shabby treatment of his son. Young and gorgeous Robert Wagner is a delightful plus. I advise you to rent it, you'll be amazed.


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