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A Night to Remember

A Night to Remember(1958)

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  • Producer William MacQuitty had been one of the spectators at the launching of the Titanic on May 31, 1911. He was 6 at the time and found the experience most impressive.
  • The Titanic's Fourth Officer, Joseph Boxhall, (portrayed by Jack Watling in the film) served as technical advisor to the film.
  • Walter Lord found 64 survivors in researching the book "A Night to Remember." The Rank Organisation found many more in making the film, and several visited the set, including Edith Russell, the dress designer with the lucky stuffed pig shown in the film. The stuffed pig used in the film was the actual one that Russell had on the Titanic. It was bequeathed to Lord in her will.
  • 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, but his wife visited the set of the film.
  • Lawrence Beesley, a survivor from second class, was on the set during filming. At one point when the sinking was being filmed, he attempted to enter the scene and - perhaps symbolically - "go down" with the ship. Director Roy Ward Baker didn't allow this, as it would have been a union violation, which could have closed down production.


  • Holz (2008-09-26)

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    Wireles Operator John Phillips mentions several time throughout the sinking that he has been in contact with a ship called the Olympic. The Olympic was the Titanic's older sister ship, entering service in 1911, and an almost identical copy of the Titanic. She was the first in a trio of sister ships built by the White Star Line to counter their rival company the Cunard Line and their new luxury ships the Luistania and the Mauretania. Unlike the Titanic and the Britannic, (the third sister ship that was sunk by a mine during the First World War), the Olympic went on to have an illustrious career as a passenger liner and served proudly during the First World War as a troop transport gaining the nickname "Old Reliable". After nearly twenty five years of service the Olympic was taken out of service in 1935 and scrapped in the late thirties. Unfortunately on the night of the sinking the Olympic was five hundred miles away from the Titanic and unable to arrive to her aid in time.

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