Here’s the melodramatic depiction of history’s most memorable shipwreck (carried by Brackett, Reisch, and Breen’s Oscar-winning script). Though not on a technical level with James Cameron’s visual spectacle, this remains a solid portrayal of the tragic voyage. Stanwyck’s marital problems with Webb make up the rather soapy narrative, but the re-creation of the tragedy and its human cost is moving.
Barbara Stanwyck recalled filming the ship’s final moments, “I looked up at those left to die with the ship. I thought of the men and women who had been through this thing. I burst into tears and couldn’t stop.
Academy Award Nominations: 2, including Best Art Direction.
Cast: Clifton Webb, Barbara Stanwyck, Robert Wagner, Audrey Dalton, Thelma Ritter, Brian Aherne, Richard Basehart, Allyn Joslyn, James Todd, Frances Bergen
Director: Jean Negulesco
Producer: Charles Brackett
Screenwriters: Charles Brackett, Richard Breen, Walter Reisch
Composers: Sol Kaplan, Lionel Newman
Director of Photography: Joseph MacDonald
Editor: Louis R. Loeffler
Production Companies: Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation
Release Date: 11 April 1953
Running Time: 98 minutes
Genres: Drama, Action, Romance
Country: United States of America
Tagline: TITANIC in Emotion…in Spectacle…in Climax…in Cast!