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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>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


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?


For decades after this film's release, 20th Century-Fox licensed out-takes from the sequence depicting the ship's sinking as "stock footage." Head and tail trim from this footage clarifies that it wasn't just the Titanic itself that was portrayed by a scale model - the lifeboats in the foreground were miniatures as well, dwarfed by film technicians wearing waders, who moved them back into position between takes. One of the sinking outtakes can be seen in the 1986 documentary film Secrets of the Titanic, in which it is played after some clips from the 1929 E.A. Dupont film Atlantic. See more »


Near the beginning, when one of the crew is reading the names of various actual passengers who were aboard the Titanic, he calls out the name "Mr. Archibald Butts". The man's correct name was Archibald Butt (with no "s"), secretary to U.S. President Taft. 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)
Lyrics by Archibald Croswell-Weeks and Wilmot Moses Smith (ca 1870)
Sung by Robert Wagner and friends
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Forever a classic
2 September 1999 | by moop96See all my reviews

A powerful film that has it all. Watching this film seems to put you there, on the ship, as it happens. The characters are truly believable, not wooden or "modernized" as in other movie versions. Also impressive were the c. 1953 special effects. There are times when the huge model used in the movie looks more "real" than the effects featured in movies made about the disaster to this day. It seems unfair that someone can step in and make a new film of the same name (and, you will see, ideas) and seemingly pretend as though this great film never existed.

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