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OSCAR should have been aboard THIS ship......,
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One of my all-time 10 favorite movies (along with ALL ABOUT EVE, GONE WITH THE WIND, AUNTIE MAME, Jane Wyman's THE BLUE VEIL, Garland's A STAR IS BORN, CABARET, Lana Turner's career highlight in MADAME X, 1939's THE WOMEN, and 1953's SO BIG) THIS is the only version of TITANIC anyone should want to keep in their collection of classics. This is the one that should have been an Academy Award champion.....and it is a sin that Clifton Webb and Barbara Stanwyck not only didn't win 1953 Oscars, but were not even nominated. Ditto the wonderful performance of the greatest supporting actress in movie history, Thelma Ritter, as the indomitable Unsinkable Molly Brown. I will never forget the hysteria in Barbara Stanwyck's voice as she screamed "Norman! Norman!" when she realized her young son had slipped out of their life-boat to remain with his dad as the ship sank.....nor the tears in Clifton Webb's eyes when he told the boy what pride he felt for him as the end drew near. Please, don't anyone tell me there was an ounce of reality in the blockbuster, phony '97 version.....This simple black & white movie told the REAL story of the very rich and the very poor suddenly equalized in the face of disaster. And I dare you not to smile as millionaire John Jacob Astor reassures his young, pregnant, second wife with the immortal words "My dear, God himself could not sink THIS ship"......and I defy you not to cry when old Mrs. Strauss refuses to board a life-boat, saying "I've been with Mr. Strauss for more than fifty years....I don't intend to leave him now." This is a classic. This is THE classic. And these people, brilliantly portrayed by brilliant actors, become the ones who were really aboard the TITANIC in 1912.
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Initial post: Mar 10, 2008 2:50:54 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Mar 10, 2008 2:52:01 PM PDT
Your'e reveiw makes no sense. First of all Thelma Ritter DID NOT play Molly Brown. The character was similar in personality but that was not her name. All and all, this was a very fine film but it does not come close to "A Night to Remember" in quality and accuracy.
In reply to an earlier post on Aug 19, 2010 3:55:25 PM PDT
John "Silence is Golden" says:
You are 100% correct sir - 1958's A Night to Remember is the Bench mark "Titanic" film with a great ensemble cast of performers led by Kenneth More and Anthony Bushnell and true emotion and terror. Both these films are far superior to the 1997 souless, special effects monstrosity that shamefully won a whole bunch of awards by voters dazzeled by special effects and a giant budget.
Posted on Dec 22, 2011 1:58:42 PM PST
Robrt mcclendon says:
there was never ANY recorded comment as saying "God (or any one else for that matter) couldn't sink this ship". That has been added to various films but was never (recorded as being) said.
Posted on Mar 5, 2012 6:40:15 PM PST
I totally agree with your comments.. I am a big fan of Merchant-Ivory films, so of course the 1997 version of Titanic appealed visually to me.. but this earlier black/white film was by far more interesting in terms of characters.. and (to add a comment to one of the others made) Thelma Ritter did in fact represent Molly Brown in the movie.. of course the names were changed (done more frequently during the years this film was made than now days).. good heavens, who else WOULD have that have been???
I just ordered it again on Netflix to watch one more time..
In reply to an earlier post on Apr 5, 2012 1:45:23 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Apr 5, 2012 1:47:05 PM PDT
I like all three Titanic films for different reasons. A Night to Remember is the more matter of fact one of the three, even though it it does not show the ship breaking in half. The '53 version was good for it's time and still stands up today. 97's Titanic, which I just saw re-released in 3D IMAX this week is visually stunning and more accurant in the depiction of how the ship sank. I personally like all three.
In reply to an earlier post on Apr 5, 2012 4:49:07 PM PDT
Old Legend Lover says:
No sense???? Very harsh, considering I didn't compare it to "A Night to Remember" at all (while making it clear that I preferred the Webb/Stanwyck version greatly to the overblown, ridiculous "personal plot" of the '97 blockbuster. As for Molly Brown, that was EXACTLY the character Thelma Ritter played, though for legal reasons in existence in 1953 they had to change her character's name to 'Maude Young' and the real Margaret Tobin Brown Colorado silver mining fortune became a Montana lead mining fortune. Still, very petty on your part, and while I have seen both the '53 and '58 movies, I, PERSONALLY, thought the acting and "characters" in 1953 were much more realistic and genuine.
In reply to an earlier post on May 5, 2012 1:54:05 PM PDT
Tamara Andre says:
I absolutely agree with you. In fact, I just watched "A Night To Remember" and although it may be the better telling of the Titanic disaster, it is by no means a superior entertainment. This version is the one that made me feel the tragic loss of life that occurred on that fateful morning of 15 April 1912. And, for me at least, to infer that you "made no sense" because you did not praise "A Night to Remember" just strikes me as totally arrogant and narrow minded.
In reply to an earlier post on May 12, 2013 5:59:19 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on May 12, 2013 5:59:58 PM PDT
Is the reasoin you think it's not "superior entertainment" the fact that it is the only version that doesn't invent people and drama?
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