A Night to Remember (1958)

Film Review

A NIGHT TO REMEMBER

Release Date: 3 July, 1958

Studio: The Rank Organisation

Director: Roy Ward Baker

Starring: Kenneth More, Ronald Allen, Robert Ayres

Special Notes: TCM Classic Film Festival, 2012

A Night to Remember was shown as in the Discoveries (signifying little-known or forgotten films worth rediscovering) category at the 2012 TCM Classic Film Festival. The guest speaker was Don Lynch, historian and co-author of Titanic: An Illustrated History (1992).

Synopsis

The story line is a dramatic and historically accurate recreation of the sinking of the passenger liner RMS Titanic on 15 April 1912 after striking an iceberg in the North Atlantic. The film was shown at the festival in commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the event.

Discussion

The title and content of the film are derived from the book A Night to Remember by Walter Lord (1955). The sets are accurate reconstructions of the HMS Titanic and show both 1st and 2nd class areas. The script uses many accurate recreations of conversation from people on the ship, including recorded statements made by sailors that were mostly given to More's character, 2nd officer Charles Lightoller, the highest ranked surviving officer.