A Night to Remember

  • Directors: Roy Ward Baker
  • Producers: William MacQuitty
  • Writers: Walter Lord, Eric Ambler
  • Genres: Action, Drama, History
  • Actors: Kenneth More, Ronald Allen, Robert Ayres, Honor Blackman

The Titanic is the largest vessel afloat, and is believed to be unsinkable. Its passengers include the cream of British society. The story of its sinking is told from the point of view of its passengers and crew, principally its second officer, Charles Lightoller (Kenneth More).

Once in the open sea on its maiden voyage, the Titanic receives a number of ice warnings from nearby steamers. Captain Edward J. Smith (Laurence Naismith) is unconcerned and the ship continues on at high speed.

Late on April 14, 1912, a lookout spots an iceberg directly in front of the ship. The ship turns hard to port, but the Titanic collides with the iceberg on its starboard side, opening the first five compartments to the sea, below the waterline. Thomas Andrews (Michael Goodliffe), the ship’s builder, inspects the damages and finds that the ship will soon sink.

A distress signal is immediately sent out, and efforts begin to signal a ship that is on the horizon, a mere 10 miles away. But the ship’s radio operator is off duty and he does not hear the distress signal. Fortunately, the radio operator on the Carpathia receives the distress call, understands the emergency and immediately alerts Captain Arthur Rostron (Anthony Bushell) who promptly orders the ship to head to the Titanic at maximum speed.

As the film ends, Lightoller, the senior surviving officer, reflects that they were all so sure about the safety of the ship, and that he will “never be sure again, about anything.”

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