Titanic (1953)

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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. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi
Rating:
NR
Genre:
Action & Adventure , Classics , Drama , Romance
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20th Century Fox

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Cast

Michael Rennie
as Narrator
Barbara Stanwyck
as Julia Sturges
Richard Basehart
as George Healey
Thelma Ritter
as Mrs. Maude Young
Robert Wagner
as Gifford Rogers
John Fraser
as Steward
Mae Marsh
as Woman
Clifton Webb
as Richard Ward Sturges
Edmund Purdom
as 2nd Officer Lightoller
Audrey Dalton
as Annette Sturges
Brian Aherne
as Capt. E.J. Smith
Merry Anders
as College Girl
Frances Bergen
as Madeleine
Roy Gordon
as Isidor Straus
Allyn Joslyn
as Earl Meeker
James Todd
as Sandy Comstock
Alberto Morin
as Waiter
David Hoffman
as Tailor
Harry Cording
as Boiler Room Engineer
David Thursby
as Seaman
Patrick O'Moore
as Relief Man
Anthony Eustrel
as Sanderson
Gloria Gordon
as College Girl
Eugene Borden
as Dock Official
Ron Hagerthy
as College Boy
Robin Hughes
as Junior Officer
Ashley Cowan
as Phillips
John Costello
as Undetermined Role
Richard Peel
as Undetermined Role
John Dodsworth
as Stoker Exclaiming 'For God's Sake!'
Richard West
as College Boy
Michael Ferris
as Steward
James Lilburn
as Devlin
Barry Bernard
as 1st Officer Murdock
Elizabeth Flournoy
as Woman with Baby
William Johnstone
as John Jacob Astor
Herbert Deans
as Junior Officer
Michael Hadlow
as Messenger
Bert Stevens
as Passenger
Salvador Baguez
as Jean Pablo Uzcadum
Pat O'Moore
as Relief Man
Owen McGiveney
as Steward
George Boyce
as Undetermined Role
Melinda Markey
as College Girl
Conrad Feia
as College Boy
Helen Van Tuyl
as Mrs. Straus
Marta Mitrovich
as Mrs. Uzcadam
Robin Camp
as Messenger Boy
Donald Chaffin
as Steward
Harper Carter
as Norman Sturges
Camillo Guercio
as Mr. Guggenheim
Ivan Hayes
as Officer
Joan Hayes
as Undetermined Role
Hellen Van Tuyl
as Mrs. Straus
Pat Aherne
as Seaman
Charles FitzSimons
as Chief Officer Wilde
Alan Marston
as Quartermaster
Guy Standing Jr.
as George D. Widener
Ralph Grosh
as Steward
Robin Sanders Clark
as Junior Officer
Duke Seba
as Undetermined Role
Joyce Newhart
as Undetermined Role
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Critic Reviews for Titanic

All Critics (9)

Though Stanwyck and Clifton Webb make for an unlikely married couple, this b/w Oscar-winning 1953 melodrama about the sinking of the famous liner is worth seeing.

Full Review… | March 17, 2013
EmanuelLevy.Com

Not as big as James Cameron's computer-generated bonanza, but it's nonetheless impressive.

January 19, 2005
Apollo Guide

Exciting, well-acted version of the infamous voyage

October 7, 2004
Kalamazoo Gazette

Manages to tell its tale in a compact 98 minutes. That's nearly 100 minutes less than it took James Cameron, and there's something to be said for that.

Full Review… | November 24, 2003
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

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October 6, 2005
Fantastica Daily

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July 14, 2005
EmanuelLevy.Com

Audience Reviews for Titanic

½

While not the darling of the new millennia, this version shines as a family drama involving (like Cameron's popular outing) class warfare. Dad (Webb) wants children to rise in social circles. Mom (Stanwyck) longs for the honesty of the lower classes (hey! did Cameron crib from here?!), but has a secret to tell Pop about that just might be hot enough to melt the iceberg coming up. But the stage for all this drama (as we all know) famously sinks. Will there be any resolution? While the film is as obvious as all get out, it is still entertaining.

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

½

I saw this version of 'Titanic' after I saw the James Cameron version. It is much more subdued - and displays the men of the Titanic as much more heroic than the later version.

Red Lats
Red Lats

Super Reviewer

½

Compelling, far better than the most recent version. Clifton Webb and Barbara Stanwyck are outstanding as a wealthy couple whose marriage is disintegrating and the love story is sweet and unlike the other version makes sense since both characters are from the same class as would be natural at that time. The ending is heart rending.

jay nixon
jay nixon

Super Reviewer

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