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A Night to Remember (1958) was a Action - Drama Film directed by Roy Ward Baker and produced by Earl St. John and William MacQuitty.

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A Night to Remember (1958)

By Beatrice on Oct 8, 2016 From Flickers in Time

A Night to Remember Directed by Roy Ward Baker Written Eric Ambler from a book by Walter Lord 1958/UK The Rank Organization Repeat viewing/Netflix rental Forever the best of the Titanic movies in my book. This tells the same story as James Cameron’s more famous 1997 Titanic,?minus the frami... Read full article


A Night To Remember (1958)

By Tom on May 4, 2015 From The Old Movie House

The film A Night To Remember is based on the book A Night To Remember by Walter Lord. His book was the first written about the Royal Mail Ship Titanic in forty years. Producer William MacQuitty had originally planned with Shaw, Savill & Albion Line to use the Dominion Monarch to shoot scenes for... Read full article


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By Amanda Garrett on Apr 15, 2015 From Old Hollywood Films

The RMS Titanic sank in the icy waters of the Atlantic on April 15, 1912. Today, we're looking at A Night to Remeber (1958), one of the best films about the doomed ocean liner. The sinking of the Titanic in the early mornings hours of April 15, 1912, was one of history's great maritime tragedies... Read full article


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Mrs. Margaret 'Molly' Brown: [looks around Lifeboat 6 as it's being lowered] Hey, we've only got one sailor with us. That's not enough to manage this boat.
[Calls up to the Boat Deck as other women look around and confirm her observation]
Mrs. Margaret 'Molly' Brown: Hold it there.
Second Officer Charles Herbert Lightoller: [to seamen at falls] Stop lowering.
[Calls down to the boat]
Second Officer Charles Herbert Lightoller: What's the matter?
Mrs. Margaret 'Molly' Brown: Hey son. We only got one sailor in this boat!
Second Officer Charles Herbert Lightoller: [Looks around Boat Deck for any available seamen] Are there any spare hands here?
Maj. Arthur Peuchen: [Looks around, notices there are no seamen around, and steps forward] I'll go, if you like.
Second Officer Charles Herbert Lightoller: Are you a sailor?
Maj. Arthur Peuchen: I'm a yachtsman.
Second Officer Charles Herbert Lightoller: [Indicates lowering ropes for the boat] If you're seaman enough to slip down that lifeline, you can go.
[Yells down to boat]
Second Officer Charles Herbert Lightoller: Below.
Hitchens: Sir.
Second Officer Charles Herbert Lightoller: Let's have that line.
[the lifeline is swung towards the side of the ship. Lightoller grabs it after a couple of tries and holds it for Peuchen]
Second Officer Charles Herbert Lightoller: Right. Good luck.
[Peuchen grabs the line and swings out over the edge. Lightoller watches as he lowers himself down the rope and safely into the boat. Once he's in safely, Lightoller addresses the seamen at the falls]
Second Officer Charles Herbert Lightoller: Lower away together.


Mrs. Liz Lucas: [Lucas returns to his stateroom after being told the situation by Andrews] Please, will you tell me what's going on Robert? People have been rushing about, and noises overhead...
Robbie Lucas: It's very tiresome. We've struck an iceberg and damaged the ship. We may be a day late getting into New York.
Mrs. Liz Lucas: Oh, that is annoying.
Robbie Lucas: And, to make matters worse, the captain is being very fussy and correct. All women and children have to go up on deck and get into the lifeboats.
Mrs. Liz Lucas: Oh no.
Robbie Lucas: I'm afraid so, dear.
Mrs. Liz Lucas: But I don't want to wake the children. Is it really necessary?
Robbie Lucas: Yes!
[very sober tone]
Robbie Lucas: I... I believe we should do as the captain says.


Wireless Operator Harold Thomas Cottam: [bursts into Captain Rostron's cabin] Sir! SIR!
Capt. Arthur Rostron: [waking up with a start] What the devil's going...?
Capt. Arthur Rostron: [rolls over and sees Cottam]
Capt. Arthur Rostron: [annoyed] Haven't you learned to *knock* before coming in here?
Wireless Operator Harold Thomas Cottam: It's a distress call, sir! From the Titanic. She's *sinking*!
Capt. Arthur Rostron: [gives Rostron the paper with the distress message]
Officer: [comes into cabin to apologize for the intrusion] I'm sorry sir, I...
Capt. Arthur Rostron: [reads message and gives Cottam a long look] Mister Dean, turn the ship 'round. Head northwest. I'll work a course out for you in a minute.
Officer: Aye, aye sir.
Officer: [rushes away to carry out the orders]
Capt. Arthur Rostron: [gets out of bed] Now, Cottam, you're sure this is the *Titanic*?
Wireless Operator Harold Thomas Cottam: Yes sir.
Capt. Arthur Rostron: You're certain?
Wireless Operator Harold Thomas Cottam: Absolutely.
Capt. Arthur Rostron: All right. Check back. Find out *everything* you can. Tell them we're coming as *fast* as *possible*!
Wireless Operator Harold Thomas Cottam: Yes sir!
Wireless Operator Harold Thomas Cottam: [rushes back to his wireless equipment as Rostron goes to get dressed]


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The line "Still here, Miss Evans?" is a reference to Edith Evans, who died during the sinking after volunteering to leave an overcrowded lifeboat.
Second Officer Lightoller, the hero of the film, went on to serve with distinction in World Wars I and II, rescuing many men at Dunkirk. He died in 1952. Lightoller's son advised Kenneth More on how to play his father and his widow visited the set (and More) to observe the filming.
The creaking noises heard during the sinking weren't sound effects. They were sounds created by the set as it was winched up to create the tilting deck effect. The noises were picked up by the microphones. Roy Ward Baker thought they added a huge amount of realism, as they did indeed sound like the groaning noises a sinking ship would make, so he kept them in.
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