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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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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


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>

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


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Release Date:

13 July 1953 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Nearer My God to Thee See more »


Box Office


$1,805,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)


Black and White (archive footage)| Black and White

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


Audrey Dalton commented that Barbara Stanwyck was very good to her, highlighting how Stanwyck helped her in a scene where the two of them walked out of the dining room in a long shot. Stanwyck was very thin while Dalton was fuller in the hips, and their contrasting figures looked awkward in the shot. So Stanwyck worked out with the director where she would extend her arm around Dalton's shoulder as they walked away, hiding Dalton's backside behind Stanwyck's gown. See more »


The Home Port of Titanic was Liverpool, which is written on the stern of the ship. In this movie, the port is listed as "South Hampton". See more »


Gifford "Giff" Rogers: I don't think it's so serious. We'll get help.
Annette Sturges: I think so too.
Gifford "Giff" Rogers: I'll bet there are practically seven or eight ships coming right now. But, anyway, just in case we get on different boats and you get to New York first... would you mind calling home for me?
Annette Sturges: Of course not. They'll be worried.
Gifford "Giff" Rogers: There's just Jackie - that's my kid sister. You can tell her I didn't win any medal, but that I bought her a pocketbook instead. With beads on it. It was supposed to get there for Easter.
Annette Sturges: You'll be there to ...
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Far Above Cayuga's Waters
(ca 1870) (uncredited)
(Cornell University fight song)
Music (from the song "Annie Lisle") by H.S. Thompson (1857)
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Sung by Robert Wagner and friends
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Compelling, emotional version of the famous sinking
1 January 2006 | by blanche-2See all my reviews

I just saw this film again. The only other time I saw it was probably 40 years ago on "Saturday Night at the Movies," when it made a powerful impression. It still does, in part thanks to the marvelous acting of Clifton Webb and Barbara Stanwyck, who looks particularly lovely in this movie. They and their young son and daughter are the focus of the story. Both wonderful actors, if they seem an unlikely couple at first, you probably won't think so by the end of the movie, they are so superb.

In this version, Stanwyck is actually leaving her husband (Webb), unbeknownst to him, but when he realizes what's happening, he bribes the father in a lower class for his ticket. Webb is a social climbing, superficial man, and his American wife wants more for her kids than snobbery, arranged marriages, and a series of hotels instead of a home, so she is going back to her family with the children. What happens to Webb and Stanwyck's relationship during the voyage is powerful, touching - and, alas, too late.

While on board, a young, gorgeous Robert Wagner plays a college student suitor to the daughter, played by Audrey Dalton. Webb's last scene with Stanwyck will leave you in tears, and if it doesn't, there's also the poignant scene on deck with his son, Norman, which is beautiful.

I don't pretend to be an expert on the Titanic - however, I know a little more than a friend at work who, announcing she was seeing the Cameron version when it first came out, said, "Don't tell me how it ends." I realize that the Fox script drew a good deal of information from the navigation reports of the ship; however, I saw a documentary which showed footage of this film while it demonstrated that in this telling, the underwater scene shows the iceberg hitting on the wrong side.

I have also seen "A Night to Remember," which I also remember as being a very emotional experience. Perhaps it's the story that tugs at our hearts, or the site of that huge vessel sliding beneath the surface. Whatever it is, this is a truly engrossing and heartwrenching film.

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