|From the book by Walter Lord, screenplay by Eric Ambler.|
|The paperback art was a bit more exciting.|
|First edition cover. The |
original art was
|Walter Lord, 1958|
Decades ago, while on vacation, I picked up a paperback copy of Alvin Moscow's Collision Course, detailing the sinking of the Italian ocean liner SS Andrea Doria in a collision with the Norwegian liner, MS Stockholm near the foggy mouth of New York Harbor in 1956. That led me to check out Lord's A Night to Remember; and despite the fact both were about tragic shipwrecks, I've been an avid fan of such books and movies, not to mention ships and cruising ever since. Walter Lord's book came out in November of 1955 and was an immediate best-seller (60,000 copies in the first two months). NBC and Kraft Foods first brought the his book to American television in 1956. Then the British movie director William Ward Baker and the Irish producer William MacQuitty came together with Lord, purchasing the film rights to make the movie in 1958. NBC and Kraft had sunk the Titanic for a mere $95,000. It cost the two British filmmakers $1.6-million to send her to the bottom.
|The painting artist played a much more important role |
in moviemaking in the 1950s than today.
|The climactic scene. The lifeboats slip|
away, the ship slips under.
|Scenes and cast from A Night to Remember.|
|Actress Tucker McGuire plays a dazed Margaret (Molly) Brown as she |
watches the Titanic go down from the relative safety of a lifeboat.
|The RMS Titanic as seen in the film, Night to Remember, steaming |
at full speed toward her catastrophic rendezvous with a North Atlantic iceberg,
the night of April 14, 1912, with 2,223 passengers and crew on board. Only 706 survived.