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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

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Maurice Ransford Best Black and White Art Direction 1953 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Charles Brackett Best Story and Screenplay 1953 Winner
Directors Guild of America Jean Negulesco Best Director 1953 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Lyle Wheeler Best Black and White Cinematography 1953 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Walter Reisch Best Story and Screenplay 1953 Winner

Cast

Clifton Webb
as Richard Ward Sturgess
Barbara Stanwyck
as Mrs. Sturgess
Robert Wagner
as Giff Rogers
Audrey Dalton
as Annette Sturges
Thelma Ritter
as Mrs. Maude Young
Richard Basehart
as George Healey
Brian Aherne
as Captain E.J.Smith
Allyn Joslyn
as Earl Meeker
Frances Bergen
as Madeleine Astor
Christopher Severn
as Messenger
James Lilburn
as Devlin
Barry Bernard
as First Officer Murdock
Roy Gordon
as Mr. Isidor Straus
Ivis Goulding
as Emma
Ashley Cowan
as Bride
Harper Carter
as Norman Sturges
Edmund Purdom
as 2nd Officer Lightoller
Lee Graham
as Symons
Merry Anders
as College Girl
Melinda Markey
as College Girl
Ron Hagerthy
as College Student
Conrad Feia
as College Student
Salvador Baguez
Eugene Borden
George Boyce
Robin Camp
as Messenger Boy
Harry Cording
Nicolas Coster
William Cottrell
Herbert Deans
John Dodsworth
Elizabeth Flournoy
as Woman with Baby
John Fraser
as Steward
Robin Hughes
as Junior Officer
Mae Marsh
as Woman
Owen McGiveney
Alberto Morin
Pat O'Moore
as Relief Man
Richard Peel
Gordon Richards
as Manager
David Thursby
as Seaman
Michael Hadlow
Ivan Hayes
Bert Stevens
Anthony Eustrel
as Sanderson
Michael Rennie
as Narrator
Robin Camp
as Messenger Boy
Michael Rennie
as Narrator
David Thursby
as Seaman
Pat O'Moore
as Relief Man
Anthony Eustrel
as Sanderson
Elizabeth Flournoy
as Woman with Baby
John Fraser
as Steward
Gordon Richards
as Manager
Mae Marsh
as Woman
Robin Hughes
as Junior Officer

Crew

Jean Negulesco
Director
Charles Brackett
Producer
Charles Brackett
Screenwriter
Walter Reisch
Screenwriter
Joe MacDonald
Cinematographer
Lionel Newman
Musical Direction/Supervision
Sol Kaplan
Composer (Music Score)
Lyle Wheeler
Art Director
Maurice Ransford
Art Director
Roger Heman
Sound/Sound Designer
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