Titanic [DVD] [1953]

  • SKU: 5816021
  • Release Date: 09/02/2003
  • Rating: NR
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Ratings & Reviews

Overall Customer Rating:
100% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (2 out of 2)

Special Features

  • Commentary by film critic Richard Shickel
  • Commentary by Robert Wagner, Audrey Dalton, and cinematographer Michael Lonza
  • "Beyond Titanic" documentary
  • Movietone newsreels (1953)
  • Audio essay by Titanic historian Silvia Stoddard
  • Still gallery
  • Full-frame format (aspect ratio 1.33:1)
  • Audio: English stereo, English mono, Spanish mono
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Closed Captioned


The 1912 sinking of the luxury liner Titanic is used as a backdrop for a several fictional subplots, chief of which involves snooty socialite Clifton Webb and his wife Barbara Stanwyck. Stanwyck has booked passage on the ill-fated passenger ship with her daughter (Audrey Dalton) and son (Harper Carter), leaving Webb far behind. Webb manages to board the ship at the last minute, and discovers that Stanwyck plans to divorce him; she further informs him that he is not the father of their son. When the Titanic sideswipes an iceberg and begins its slow descent in the Atlantic, the women and children are put on the lifeboats while the men stay behind to face death (except for cowardly cardsharp Allyn Joslyn, who disguises himself as a woman). The formerly class-conscious Webb acts with conspicuous bravery, seeing to it that several steerage passengers are ushered to safety. He is reunited with his son, who has given up his lifeboat seat to an elderly woman. All misunderstandings swept aside, Webb and his son face their final moments on earth together. In the film's best moment, a miniature recreation of the Titanic is seen sinking beneath the waves as the survivors watch from their lifeboats in numb horror. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Cast & Crew

  • Clifton Webb
    Clifton Webb - Richard Ward Sturgess
  • Barbara Stanwyck
    Barbara Stanwyck - Mrs. Sturgess
  • Robert Wagner
    Robert Wagner - Giff Rogers
  • Audrey Dalton
    Audrey Dalton - Annette Sturges
  • Thelma Ritter
    Thelma Ritter - Mrs. Maude Young

Overall customer rating

would recommend to a friend
  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Great Performances, Historically Inaccurate


    One of the more historically inaccurate presentations of the 1912 Titanic tragedy, this 1953 version still sports an exceptional cast with great performances all around. This dvd is nicely done with ample bonus features, including commentary, but as somewhat of a Titanic buff myself, I still recommend the much better 1958 film titled 'A Night To Remember.'

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    if you need any movie think Best Buy


    My mom asked for this version of Titanic and i had never heard of it. Thank goodness Best Buy had it in stock.

    I would recommend this to a friend

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