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        A Night to Remember & Making Of (1958)
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        photograph of swan at ruislip lido in july 2012


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        July 2012: Added photos of Ruislip Lido where some of the film was shot. Swans, a beach, a miniature railway and A Night to Remember - the Titanic film. View here.

        March 2012: This is now a deleted title and prices when they do come on the market are getting very expensive. However, as part of the 100th anniversary of the sinking next month this has been re-released by ITV. Details of this are here.

        2nd April 2012: A limited supply of the new release just in | Titanic White Star Liner Cushion Cover.

        8th April 2012: Added details & more scans than anywhere in the universe on the book The Legend of the Unsinkable Ship (Centenary Edition). The 12 removable facimiles of rare Titanic documents which are found in various pockets in the book are a joy to hold. Haven't seen a book with memorabilia like it. See and believe it! A Night to Remember is talked about and the book concedes that the film is 'considered the best film of the tragedy'.

        We are based in South London near Croydon, UK, and if preferred this item can be picked up by appointment. Just e-mail here. I also welcome the old fashioned cheque and po as it is cheaper to process and all orders are sent off same day as cheque received.



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        • Release Date: 11-08-2008
        • Format: DVD
        • Number of Discs: 1
        • Catalogue Number: 3711526693
        • Label: Itv Dvd


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        Update:It was such sad news that on the 5th October 2010 it was announced that the director of A Night to Remember, Roy Ward Baker, passed away. He was one of the great film & TV directors of British Cinema in the 20th-century; never mind this film just consider many of the films on his CV. I have set up a tribute page where you can leave your thoughts about the great man. Please view it here.
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          Let me start by saying that my intention in setting this page up is to promote a film I love and sell as many of the Dvd as possible for as low a price as possible. Why? Because this is a masterpiece of a film and deserves to be seen by as many people as watched the awful 1998 Hollywood Titanic. It should be the film that people turn to whenever they want to know what really happened on the the decks that fateful night.


      • A Night to Remember Film Posters


        Alas, this little gem has long since been at best half-forgotten and at worse ignored. Why is that? For a start, and it is mentioned in the Making Of documentary which is also part of the Dvd, there were concerns in America from the off that there were no big Hollywood stars. For me, this is part of its strength as there are no starry big names to get in the way of the characters which at the end of the day were real people. This is their story, their night, and the actors (mostly British) seem to have understood this and attempt nothing showy to get in the way of the story. The 'star' of the show is the incomparable Kenneth More (a far better and more watchable actor than say Leonardo Di Caprio) and though it is conceded in the aforementioned documentary that his role as Second Officer Charles Herbert Lightoller was built-up to fit his main starring-role, he does nothing that wasn't done by many of the crew that night. The rest of the cast fit their real parts like a glove. ecognize the possibility that there were none of the Titanic's passengers aboard them.


          The Titanic stalwart, Lightoller, who Kenneth More played in the film, never achieved his own command. He served in the Navy before rejoining White Star where he was appointed Chief Officer of the Celtic. Repeatedly overlooked for promotion, he retired in the early 1920s to run a chicken farm. He had one final brush with fame in 1940 when his yacht Sundowner formed part of the fleet of 'little ships' at Dunkirk. Once again rising to the occasion, he single-handedly rescued 131 British soldiers from the clutches of the Germans.
          Source: The Titanic : The Extraordinary Story of the "Unsinkable" Ship


        The second reason I can see is that they did not invent an unbelievable love story as they of course did in the 1998 version. But they obviously felt they did not have to as so much went on that night why bother to invent something to get in the way of the story? I completely subscribe to that fact.

        The strength of the film begins with the writing. The author of the book the film was based on, Walter Lord reveals in the documentary that he was obsessed with the disaster from an eary age and had been in contact with many of the survivors. From them he drew the facts of the night as seen from their perspectives and faithfully tells their stories. Thus with so much going on there is never a dull moment as we see the fight to survive from so many people. Eric Ambler's screenplay brilliantly encapsulates the book.

        The acting as mentioned is beyond reproach. The film came during the golden period of More's career in the 1950s when in Britain at least he could do no wrong. This is sandwiched in what started with Genevieve and ended in Sink the Bismarck!. He is perfect as Lightoller, sympathetic yet authoritive. We as an audience grow to care as to what happened to him - did he survive, did he not? I won't give it away.


          One of the alleged 'villains of the Titanic sinking was Captain Stanley Lord of the Californian. In the immediate aftermath of the Mersey Commission report, he had tried to clear his name, but when his efforts proved unsuccessful, he decided to let the matter rest. The film's opening in 1958 reopened old wounds and once more he set about proving his innocence. Right up untl his death in 1962, he maintained that, even if he had been aware that the Titanic was sinking, he would have been unable to steer the Californian through the ice field in time to pick up any survivors. After all, it had taken the Carpathia two and a half hours in daylight.
          Source: The Titanic : The Extraordinary Story of the "Unsinkable" Ship


        The rest of the cast is equally good as this in indeed an ensemble piece. Watch out for a young Ronald Allan and see if you can recognise the Crossroads man. Honor Blackman's husband in the film, John Merivale was the longtime companion to Vivien Leigh and in the 1990s until his death the husband of Dinah Sheridan. But I digress. Every actor here whether the have one line or more doesn't disappoint.

        Watching the documentary is a double-edged sword. If like me you like to get into the minutae of a film then you will love it but is it really worth knowing how the film was made? I mean maybe it was just me but when I found out that the lifeboat scenes where More and co stand on top of a capsized lifeboat were actually filmed in Ruislip Lido I was left a little disappointed. I know they can't film it where it happened but actors pratting about at Ruislip Lido?? But I'm just sounding daft.

        The documentary is good if not a little basic. As befits an ITV release no money has been paid on extras it would appear. But that is harsh. It is basically a long interview with the now late author Walter Lord and some of the shots of the filming are fascinating. The model is pretty impressive as well.


          In 1943 during the 2nd World War and 15 years before A Night to Remember, the film Titanic came out. It was a typical example of wartime Nazi propaganda, calculated to dscredit British and Jewish businesses. A personal project of propaganda chief Josef Goebbels, it was directed by Herbert Selpin and showed the hero of the hour to be the only German on board. The character was purely fictional.
          Source: The Titanic : The Extraordinary Story of the "Unsinkable" Ship


        And for ITV Dvd it is alot better than their usual policy of putting on as little extra features on a release as they can possibly get away with. And for sure they have done nothing to promote this captivating film (which has surprisingly aged alot better than most films from the 50s) over the years - hence this page.

        This film is as near to what happened on 15th April 1912 as anything you care to see. It is gripping stuff from start to finish. I urge anyone interested in Titanic to buy it, if not from me then from amazon. Imagine a day when A Night to Remember has a higher amazon sales rank than Titanic Well I can dream. But I can guarantee one thing: you won't be disappointed when you see this film.

        Though there have been 11 films made about Titanic this film has no equal.

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        Trivia

        Interestingly enough (well, interesting to me) the star of the movie and the actual managing director of the White Star Line which owned Titanic, and who travelled on and survived the maiden voyage, both ended their lives in the same place: Putney Vale Cemetery in South London. Kenneth More was cremated there; J. Bruce Ismay is buried there.

        Land-locked Ruislip reservoir near Pinewood Studios stood in for the cruel Atlantic in the life boat scenes.

        In 1955, author Walter Lord published his epic account of the Titanic disaster, A Night to Remember. Lord's publisher advised him against calling the book Titanic, lest such a title be jinxed. The book captured the public's imagination, introducing the story of the sinking to a whole new generation, and it was little surprise when it was turned into a film (Waddingtons even produced a 470-piece jigsaw to commemorate the event. Produced by William Macquitty for the British Rank Organisation and directed by Roy Ward Baker, the film A Night to Remember starred Kenneth More as Second Officer Charles Lightoller, David McCallum as wireless operator Harold Bride and Alec McGowan as his counterpart on the Carpathia. Unlike the Hollywood version of 2 years earlier, it was more concerned with action than romance. Advertised as 'an incredible, spellbinding story of six hours unlike any other six hours the world has ever known', the film was well received. The New York Times valled it 'a tense, exciting, and supremely awesome drama'. But the film angered Captain Stanley LordWalter Lord) who was upset by the implication that the Californian just stood by while the Titanic sank
        Source: The Titanic : The Extraordinary Story of the "Unsinkable" Ship


      • Producer and director have done a brilliant job in putting the tragic sinking of the Titanic in 1912 on the screen with an impressive, almost documentary flavour. With around 200 speaking roles in the pic, few of the actors are given much chance to develop as characters. Even Kenneth More, in the star role, is only part of a team. The ship itself is the star.

        The story tells how the 'unsinkable' new ship set out for the US on the night of 14 April 1912, how it struck an iceberg and sank in less than three hours with 1,302 people drowned (the majority of which were third class passengers) and only 705 survived. The film takes only 37 minutes less than the time of the actual disaster.

        The errors and confusion which played a part in the drama are brought out with no whitewashing. Perhaps the most shocking part of the drama shown here is the way the third class passengers were kept locked away until the last moment when most of the lifeboats had already gone and when they were finally allowed up on deck they saw half emptied lifeboats with first and second class passengers been lowered down to safety. It really is heartbreaking and the film pulls no punches in portraying how unfair the class system was/is.

        Although many of the passengers and crew come vividly to life, there is no attempt to hang a fictional story on any of them (the 1990s blockbuster version take note). Technically, director Roy Baker does a superb job in difficult circumstances. His direction of some of the panic scenes during the manning of the lifeboats - of which there were not nearly enough to accomoadate all on board - is masterly. Eric Ambler's screenplay [from Walter Lord's book], without skimping the nautical side of the job, brings out how some people kept their heads and others became cowards.

        Others who manage to make impact are Laurence Naismith as the skipper; Anthony Bushell, captain of the rescue ship; Kenneth Griffith and David McCallum, as a couple of radio operators; Tucker McGuire, as a hearty American woman; George Rose, as a bibulous ship's baker, Michael Goodliffe, as the designer of the ship; and Frank Lawton, as the chairman of the White Star Line.



        Special Features


          Interactive Menus
          Scene Access
          In-depth Biographies
          Original Theatrical Trailers


        Also includes The Making of a Night to Remember Documentary
        Includes behind-the-scenes footage of the movie including interviews with producer William MacQuitty (who saw the ship launched) and the author of the book, Walter Lord. Features historical footage of the Titanic, the 1958 London film premiere and the original theatrical trailers

        1958, 123 MINS, UK, B&W

        • Dir: Ward Baker
        • Prod: William MacQuitty
        • Scr: Eric Ambler
        • Ph: Geoffrey Unsworth
        • Ed: Sidney Hayers
        • Mus: William Alwynh
        • Art Dir: Alex Vetchinsky

          CAST:

        • Kenneth More
        • Honor Blackman
        • Anthony Bushell
        • Laurence Naismith
        • Kenneth Griffith
        • David McCallum

          (Rank)


        5 STARS OUT OF 5



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