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Encyclopedia > A Night to Remember (film)
A Night to Remember

original movie poster
Directed by Roy Ward Baker
Produced by William MacQuitty
Written by Eric Ambler
Walter Lord (novel)
Starring Kenneth More
Ronald Allen
Robert Ayres
Honor Blackman
Music by William Alwyn
Cinematography Geoffrey Unsworth
Distributed by The Rank Organization
Release date(s) July 1, 1958
Running time 123 min.
Country  United Kingdom
Language English
Budget $1,680,000 (estimated)
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A Night to Remember is a 1958 film adaptation of Walter Lord's book of the same name, recounting the final night of the RMS Titanic. A Night to Remember was adapted by Eric Ambler, directed by Roy Ward Baker, and filmed in Britain as a docudrama. The production team, supervised by producer William MacQuitty, used blueprints from the ship to recreate sets, and Titanic's fourth officer, Joseph Boxhall and ex Cunard Commodore Harry Grattidge both worked as a technical advisors on the film. Image File history File links Cover of Cyndi Lauper album A Night to Remember File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... Roy Ward Baker is a British film director born in 1916. ... William MacQuitty (May 15, 1905 - February 4, 2004) was a British film producer and also a writer and photographer. ... Eric Ambler (28 June 1909 - 22 October 1998) was an influential English writer of spy novels who brought a level of realism to the field that had generally been absent in earlier works. ... Walter Lord (October 8, 1917 – May 19, 2002) was an American author, best known for his documentary-style non-fiction account A Night to Remember, about the sinking of the RMS Titanic. ... Kenneth Gilbert More CBE, (20 September 1914 - 12 July 1982) was a successful British cinema, television and theatre actor. ... Ronald Allen (December 16, 1934 in Reading, Berkshire- June 18, 1991) was an established English character actor. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... William Alwyn (November 7, 1905 – September 11, 1985) was an English composer, conductor, and music teacher. ... Geoffrey Unsworth (1914-1978) was a British cinematographer who enjoyed a long and varied career in the British film industry, working on nearly 90 feature films spanning more than 40 years. ... is the 182nd day of the year (183rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Jan. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_the_United_Kingdom. ... The English language is a West Germanic language that originates in England. ... The year 1958 in film involved some significant events. ... Walter Lord (October 8, 1917 – May 19, 2002) was an American author, best known for his documentary-style non-fiction account A Night to Remember, about the sinking of the RMS Titanic. ... A Night to Remember is a 1955 non-fiction book by Walter Lord about the sinking of the ocean liner RMS Titanic in 1912. ... For other uses, see Titanic (disambiguation). ... Eric Ambler (28 June 1909 - 22 October 1998) was an influential English writer of spy novels who brought a level of realism to the field that had generally been absent in earlier works. ... Roy Ward Baker is a British film director born in 1916. ... // Docudramas tend to demonstrate some or most of the following characteristics: A strict focus on the facts of the event being treated, as they are known; A tendency to avoid overt commentary or authorial editorializing; The use of literary and narrative techniques to flesh out or render story-like the... William MacQuitty (May 15, 1905 - February 4, 2004) was a British film producer and also a writer and photographer. ... Commander Joseph Groves Boxhall (23 March 1884 – 25 April 1967) was the Fourth Officer on the Titanic, and later served as a naval officer in World War I. // Early life Boxhall was born in Hull in the East Riding of Yorkshire, England, the second child of Capt. ...

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Plot summary

The movie begins in Harland and Wolff shipyard at the naming ceremony of the RMS Titanic. The ship is christened and a bottle of champagne is smashed against the hull. Immediately afterwards, Charles Lightoller (Titanic's Second Officer and the main character in the film) is shown on a train with his wife, Sylvia, preparing to report for duty. He jokes with his wife about a newspaper advertisement for soap for the Titanic's first class cabins, which offends a fellow male train passenger who mistakenly assumes Lightoller is poking fun at the ship itself. However, the man apologizes when Lightoller reveals his assignment on the ship. Harland and Wolff Heavy Industries began as a shipyard located in Belfast. ... For other uses, see Titanic (disambiguation). ... Commander Charles Herbert Lightoller DSC & Bar RD RNR (30 March 1874 – December 8, 1952) was the second officer on board the Titanic, and the most senior officer to survive the disaster. ...


At Southampton, the Titanic is ready for launch. As it leaves, many people say their goodbyes, including those joining the ship in steerage at Queenstown. Once in the open sea, the Titanic receives many ice warnings from nearby steamers. Captain Edward J. Smith is not worried by these warnings and the ship continues on. WGS-84 (GPS) Coordinates: , Irish Grid Reference W793666 Statistics Province: Munster County: Elevation: 47 m (154 ft} Population (2006)  - Town:  - Rural:   6,517  6,370 Website: www. ... Captain Edward John Smith, RD , RNR (January 27, 1850 – April 15, 1912) was the captain of the RMS Titanic when it sank in 1912. ...


At about 11:40 p.m. on April 14, 1912, lookout Frederick Fleet spots an iceberg. Fellow lookout Reginald Lee warns Sixth Officer James Paul Moody by telephone that there is an iceberg dead ahead. Moody thanks Lee and shouts, "Iceberg dead ahead!" First Officer William McMaster Murdoch orders the engines reversed, the ship turned hard to port (with the ship's wheel turned to starboard as the steering linkage was configured that way at the time), and the watertight doors closed. Despite these efforts, Titanic collides with the iceberg on its starboard side, opening the first five compartments to the sea, below the waterline. Captain Smith immediately calls for Thomas Andrews, the ship's builder, to inspect the damages. Andrews explains the ship will sink in about an hour and a half. Frederick Fleet (October 15, 1887 – January 10, 1965) was a crewman and survivor of the sinking of the RMS Titanic, after it struck an iceberg in 1912. ... Reginald Robinson Lee (May 19, 1870 – August 6, 1915) was one of two lookouts stationed in the crows nest, alongside Frederick Fleet, when the RMS Titanic collided with an iceberg at 11:40 p. ... 6th officer James Paul Moody (born August 21, 1887 - died April 15, 1912) was the youngest officer on the RMS Titanic and the only junior officer of the ship to perish in the disaster. ... Lieutenant William McMaster Murdoch RNR (February 28, 1873 - April 15, 1912) was the First Officer aboard the RMS Titanic, and was one of 1,496 people who died when the luxury liner sank in the Atlantic in 1912. ... Thomas Andrews, Jr. ...


Captain Smith tells Jack Phillips, the telegraph operator, to send out the distress call CQD. Phillips and his assistant, Harold Sydney Bride, continuously send distress calls. The closest ship is the SS Californian, which is a mere 10 miles away. Earlier that night however, frustrated by the Californian's ice reports, Phillips had told her to shut up, which caused the Californian's operator to shut down for the night. John George Phillips John George Jack Phillips (April 11, 1887 - April 15, 1912) was the Senior Wireless officer on board the maiden voyage of the RMS Titanic which sank on April 15, 1912. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Harold Sydney Bride (January 11, 1890 – April 29, 1956) was born in London, England and later became the Junior Wireless officer on board the maiden voyage of the ocean liner RMS Titanic. ... SS Californian The SS Californian was a Leyland Line steamship that was in the vicinity of the RMS Titanic when it sank on April 15, 1912. ...


Captain Smith orders Lightoller and Murdoch to start lowering the lifeboats. He instructs them to put women and children into the boats first, but Lightoller takes this to mean, "Women and children only". Chief Baker Charles Joughin, put in charge of a boat, relinquishes his seat to a woman whose child is already on board. He returns to his room, where he drinks whisky as the ship sinks. The ship is now going down by the bow fast. This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ...


Many women and children are reluctant to get in a small, cramped lifeboat, and Murdoch and Lightoller must use force to put them in. Many men try to sneak into the lifeboats, but Lightoller will not allow them. As the stewards struggle to hold back women and children holding third-class tickets, most of the women and children from second and first class climb into the lifeboats and launch away from the ship. Chief Officer Henry T. Wilde distributes guns and ammunition to the officers in case of emergency. The bow of the ship is taking in a lot of water and there are only two collapsible lifeboats left. Lightoller and other able seamen struggle to untie them and, unable to take the time to put passengers into the boats, leave them in the hope that the boats will save more lives. Henry Tingle Wilde (September 21, 1872 – April 15, 1912) was the Chief Officer of the RMS Titanic. ...


The RMS Carpathia is four hours away and is racing to the site, in hope of saving more lives. A drunk Joughin throws deck chairs overboard. The ship sinks and Lightoller and many others swim off of the ship. The ship sinks deeper into the water suddenly a smokestack breaks lose and crashes into the water and the ship goes down. One of the overturned collapsibles is floating, so Lightoller and a few more men balance on the boat and wait. Joughin is found in the water, not minding the cold, and pulled up on the boat. Lightoller spots another lifeboat and the men are saved. The Carpathia comes and rescues the survivors. A memorial service is dedicated to the Titanic and its victims. RMS Carpathia The RMS Carpathia was a Cunard Line transatlantic passenger steamship built by Swan Hunter & Wigham Richardson. ...


Production

Kenneth More recalled the production of the film in his autobiography, published 20 years later in 1978. He had served in the Royal Navy in World War II as a gunnery officer aboard the cruiser HMS Aurora and took on the naval officer's crisp and confident air of command when a crisis arose in the film-making. There was no tank big enough at Pinewood Studios to film the survivors struggling to climb into lifeboats, so it was done in the open-air swimming bath at Ruislip Lido at 2 o'clock on an icy November morning . The extras refused to jump in. More realised it would be up to him. "Come on!" he cried. Kenneth Gilbert More CBE, (20 September 1914 - 12 July 1982) was a successful British cinema, television and theatre actor. ... This article is about the navy of the United Kingdom. ... Combatants Allied powers: China France Great Britain Soviet Union United States and others Axis powers: Germany Italy Japan and others Commanders Chiang Kai-shek Charles de Gaulle Winston Churchill Joseph Stalin Franklin Roosevelt Adolf Hitler Benito Mussolini Hideki Tōjō Casualties Military dead: 17,000,000 Civilian dead: 33,000... Ten vessels of the British Royal Navy have been called HMS Aurora, named after the Roman Goddess of the dawn. ... The gatehouse at Pinewood Studios Pinewood Studios is a major British film studio situated in Iver Heath, Buckinghamshire. ... Ruislip (pronounced rice-lip [raɪslɪp]) is a place in the London Borough of Hillingdon, in northwest London, England. ...

'I leaped. Never have I experienced such cold in all my life. It was like jumping into a deep freeze. The shock forced the breath out of my body. My heart seemed to stop beating. I felt crushed, unable to think. I had rigor mortis, without the mortis. And then I surfaced, spat out the dirty water and, gasping for breath, found my voice. 'Stop!' I shouted. 'Don't listen to me! It's bloody awful! Stay where you are!' But it was too late ....'[1]

Cast

The film stars:

Kenneth Gilbert More CBE, (20 September 1914 - 12 July 1982) was a successful British cinema, television and theatre actor. ... Commander Charles Herbert Lightoller DSC & Bar RD RNR (30 March 1874 – December 8, 1952) was the second officer on board the Titanic, and the most senior officer to survive the disaster. ... Ronald Allen (December 16, 1934 in Reading, Berkshire- June 18, 1991) was an established English character actor. ... Lieutenant-Colonel Arthur Godfrey Peuchen ( April 18, 1859 - December 7, 1929) was a Canadian businessman and RMS Titanic survivor. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Rostron receiving an award from Margaret Brown for his help in the Titanic rescue Sir Arthur Henry Rostron, KBE, RD (May 14, 1869 – 4 November 1940) was a captain for the Cunard Line and was the master of the ocean liner RMS Carpathia when it rescued the survivors of the... Michael Goodliffe (1914-1976), British actor. ... Thomas Andrews, Jr. ... Kenneth Griffith (October 12, 1921 – June 25, 2006) was a Welsh actor and documentary film-maker. ... John George Phillips John George Jack Phillips (April 11, 1887 - April 15, 1912) was the Senior Wireless officer on board the maiden voyage of the RMS Titanic which sank on April 15, 1912. ... Ann Lancaster (5 May 1920 - 31 October 1970) was a well known character actress who appeared in many British Films, television shows and in the theatre. ... J. Bruce Ismay Joseph Bruce Ismay (December 12, 1862 - October 15, 1937) was a British businessman who served as Managing Director of the White Star Line of steamships. ... David Keith McCallum (born September 19, 1933) is a prolific Scottish actor and the son of concertmaster violinist David McCallum, Sr. ... Harold Sydney Bride (January 11, 1890 – April 29, 1956) was born in London, England and later became the Junior Wireless officer on board the maiden voyage of the ocean liner RMS Titanic. ... For the New York criminal, see Margaret Brown. ... Laurence Naismith (born 14 December 1908 in Surrey, England; died 5 June 1992 in Queensland, Australia) was an English actor who starred in many great well known films, such as Richard III, Jason and the Argonauts, (1963), Sink the Bismarck! (1960) and as Captain Edward Smith of the RMS Titanic... Captain Edward John Smith, RD , RNR (January 27, 1850 – April 15, 1912) was the captain of the RMS Titanic when it sank in 1912. ... George Rose (19 February 1920 - 5 May 1988) was a noted British music hall star. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... Patrick Waddington (born York, England, August 9, 1903, died York, England, February 4, 1987) was an English actor, educated at Greshams School, Holt, Norfolk. ... John Moffatt (b. ... Sir Thomas Sean Connery (born 25 August 1930) is a retired Scottish actor and producer who is perhaps best known as the first actor to portray James Bond in cinema, starring in seven Bond films. ...

Awards

A Night to Remember won the Golden Globe for the "Best Picture - Foreign" category in 1959. It was also nominated for the Laurel Award for "Best Cinematography - Black and White". The Golden Globe Awards are American awards for motion pictures and television programs, given out each year during a formal dinner. ...


Trivia

  • This is the last feature length Titanic film to be made in black & white.
  • The film has a rating of 100% at Rotten Tomatoes (a major film reviewing website) while James Cameron's "Titanic" has a rating of just 82%.
  • The film has a rating of 8.0/10 at The Internet Movie Database while James Cameron's "Titanic" has a rating of just 7.2/10.
  • The house where the rich family are seen leaving for the Titanic is Great Fosters in Egham, Surrey, UK. It also featured in the opening titles of the long running UK TV series 'Wacko' starring Jimmy Edwards as the headmaster.
  • Although at the start of the film the ship is christened with a bottle of champagne, the real Titanic was never christened (standard White Star Line practice was not to have a christening), nor was there a great ceremony when the ship touched water in Belfast, although White Star did host a lunch. Otherwise, the inclusion of Edwardian archive film of liners gives a docudrama feel at times, despite the use of models for long-shots of the Titanic itself.
  • As with most pictures about the Titanic, filmed before the discovery of the wreck in 1985, A Night to Remember portrays the Titanic sinking in one piece. The discovery revealed that the ship had broken in two and most films since then (e.g. the 1996 TV mini-series Titanic, and the 1997 Oscar-winning Titanic), have reflected this point, although authorities debate whether the break-up happened while the ship was under the water and out of the view of survivors. Eyewitness testimony is not unanimous, meaning that A Night to Remember's portrayal of the ship's sinking intact may still be accurate.
  • The character of the baker, seen drinking after giving up his seat in a lifeboat to a female passenger, is based on Chief Baker Charles Joughin, who on that night drank some whisky, threw deck chairs overboard, rode the stern all the way down, swam in the freezing water for hours and was eventually picked up by the overturned collapsible boat B, surviving the disaster.
  • Sean Connery makes an uncredited appearance in the film, playing a crew member assisting passengers into lifeboats during the later stages of the sinking.
  • Desmond Llewelyn also appears uncredited in the film as a crew member reassuring the panicking steerage passengers[2].
  • Bernard Fox who appears uncredited as the lookout who utters the famous words "Iceberg, dead ahead, sir" also appears as Colonel Archibald Gracie in the 1997 Titanic film, making him a cast member of two films about the sinking of the Titanic.
  • During the sinking, a man pauses as he flees through the first-class lounge to ask ship's designer Thomas Andrews, "Aren't you even going to try for it, Mr Andrews?" This sequence was replicated essentially word-for-word in the 1997 Titanic film, substituting that film's protagonists Jack Dawson and Rose DeWitt Bukater insted of the man. In reality, it was a steward, the last person to see Andrews alive, who asked him that.

Image File history File links Broom_icon. ... The ceremonies involved in naming and launching naval ships are based in traditions thousands of years old. ... // Docudramas tend to demonstrate some or most of the following characteristics: A strict focus on the facts of the event being treated, as they are known; A tendency to avoid overt commentary or authorial editorializing; The use of literary and narrative techniques to flesh out or render story-like the... Titanic was a made-for-TV movie that premiered in 1996. ... Titanic is a 1997 American romantic drama film directed, written, produced and edited by James Cameron about the sinking of the RMS Titanic. ... Sir Thomas Sean Connery (born 25 August 1930) is a retired Scottish actor and producer who is perhaps best known as the first actor to portray James Bond in cinema, starring in seven Bond films. ... Desmond Wilkinson Llewelyn (September 12, 1913 – December 19, 1999) was a Welsh actor, famous for playing the fictional character of Q in the James Bond series of films. ... Bernard M. Fox (born 11 May 1927) is a Welsh-born British film and television actor. ... Archibald Gracie Colonel Archibald Gracie IV (January 17, 1859 - December 4, 1912) was an American writer, amateur historian, real estate investor, and survivor of the sinking of the RMS Titanic. ... Thomas Andrews can refer to more than one person: Thomas Andrews, American politician from Maine Thomas Andrews, Irish chemist and physicist Thomas Andrews, ship designer who designed the RMS Titanic This is a disambiguation page — a navigational aid which lists other pages that might otherwise share the same title. ... Titanic is a 1997 American romantic drama film directed, written, produced and edited by James Cameron about the sinking of the RMS Titanic. ... The following is a list of characters from the 1997 film Titanic. ... The following is a list of characters from the 1997 film Titanic. ...

Notes

  1. ^ More, Kenneth (1978). More or Less. Hodder & Stoughton. ISBN 0-340-22603-X. 
  2. ^ Desmond Llewelyn

External links

The Internet Movie Database (IMDb) is an online database of information about movies, actors, television shows, production crew personnel, and video games. ... All Movie Guide is a commercial database of information about movie stars, movies and television shows. ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... For other uses, see Titanic (disambiguation). ... Saved From the Titanic is a 1912 silent film starring Dorothy Gibson, an actual Titanic survivor. ... In Nacht und Eis was a German film made in 1912 about the story of the sinking of Titanic. ... Atlantic is a highly fictionalized drama depicting the voyage and sinking of the R.M.S. Titanic. ... Titanic was a 1943 Nazi propaganda film made during World War II in Berlin by Tobis Productions for Ufa Films. ... Titanic is a 1953 dramatic movie directed by Jean Negulesco. ... S.O.S. Titanic (1979) is a television movie that covers the doomed 1912 voyage as it is experienced by two second-class passengers, one played by David Warner, who would go on to play a personal security person to a first-class passenger in the 1997 film Titanic. ... Raise the Titanic! is an adventure novel by Clive Cussler published in the United States by the Viking Press in 1976. ... Titanic was a made-for-TV movie that premiered in 1996. ... Titanic is a 1997 American romantic drama film directed, written, produced and edited by James Cameron about the sinking of the RMS Titanic. ... Ghosts of the Abyss is a 2003 documentary made by filmmaker James Cameron after his Oscar winning film Titanic. ...

 
 

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