The Forgotten Titanic movie.
In my recent searches to find classic movies to play on my channel I often come into view on some real forgotten gems. Like this movie. The 1929 movie Titanic, Disaster in the Atlantic. This was filmed 15 years after the sinking and was the first ‘talkie ‘ movie. There were 2 silent movies produced before this masterpiece.
I say masterpiece because that’s what I immediately thought after I first watched this. My other thought was, this movie is far more superior than the 1997 James Cameron movie. Bold statement I’m sure, but I am absolutely right in my own assumption.
I would go far as saying this is my favorite Titanic movie narrowly beating out the 1958 movie A Night to Remember. Way better than the 1943 German main movie and the 1953 cookie cutter version with Barbara Stanwyck, which hers was the only outstanding performance in that movie.
The 1997 movie may have been a little bit more true to actual events, like the boat snapping in half because more studying had been done over the years, and A Night To Remember used some scenes from the 1943 German produced movie, Titanic 1929 stands out as it’s own movie.
Each Titanic movie thats been released over the decades stand as there own movie. But as I mentioned before, non has shown the human impact that the 1929 movie shown.
There is no Rose and Jack which consumed most of the 1997 movie but there is a newlywed couple, Monica and Lawrence but thier story doesn’t consume the movie. In fact, what the 1929 Titanic movie does is centre around the human emotions. Love, honor, courage are all displayed individually by each character once they found out that the unsinkable ship they once thought was safe will go down in 3 hours.
Titanic 1929 also bolstered a huge all-star cast of actors of that time. You can see all the names on the movie poster below. Some comedian actors also put in an amazing dramatic performance such as Monty Banks.
The film was produced and directed by Ewald Andre Dupont. Two versions were made, the English version and a German language version called Atlantik. Both were filmed simultaneously. A different French version called Atlantis began filming in 1930 using different footage and a fourth version was released as a silent movie.
The film centres around a group of characters. An elderly couple, the Rools who are on their anniversary. Lawrence and Monica are on their honeymoon, the Hughes family, who’s husband and father was found having an on board affair, Officer Lanchester who befriended the characters and tried to help them the best he could and the lovable Dandy and Major Boldy and Padre the ships Priest.
The group are discussing the potential of spotting an iceberg and some are delighted that the boat had struck one the very first time out. They are unaware that the boat is sinking.
Once the Captain realizes the severity of the damage. He orders everyone to the bridge wearing their life jackets. Women and children first aboard assuring their safety.
Once the three alarm bells sound, Padre begins to question the safety of everyone on board. When Lanchester arrives to tell the group to put on their life jackets, he tells them it’s just a drill as to not panic the women. After some disgruntled mumbling, Clara Hughes and her daughter, Betty decide to ‘go along’ with the drill.
Once alone, Padre confronts Lanchester and with no words spoken from Lanchester, realizes the sudden danger everyone is in.
Lanchester then goes to see Mr Rool, who’s in a wheelchair and confides in him what is going on. They thought they were alone but was over heard by Dandy, who cries out in shock.
What follows then for the majority of the movie is the evacuation of the women and children, and how each character faces their Adversity.
A couple of the standout performances for me are Monty Banks as Dandy. A strong performance and his way of dealing with his upcoming demise won’t shock anyone. I might do the same thing if I was in his shoes. (It’s either that or go out in a blaze of glory.)
Lawrence convincing his new bride that going on a life boat was very touching knowing he’d never see her again.
The Captain ordering Lanchester to save a lost little girl before the ship goes down was quite the scene as well. “Even if that means you can’t get on a boat yourself Lanchester. ” Lanchester takes his final order and swims off into the Atlantic with the little girl.
But it was Madeleine Carroll performance as Monica that stole the movie for me. So innocent, beautiful, loving and when she’s taken away from Lawrence and put on a life boat her cries of despair broke my heart. (Even writing this part I have tears.) Her performance is Oscar worthy.
Mr Rool is the biggest hero of the movie. His gruff demeanor vanished quickly as the movie goes on. If it wasn’t for him, most of the female cast wouldn’t have been saved. There’s only one he couldn’t convince. His beloved wife Alice who decides to stay at his side.
Titanic 1929 was the first movie to use the song song ‘Nearer, My God to Thee’ as the boat was sinking into the Atlantic.
The ending was very powerful as the song Nearer, My God to Thee was played by the band and sung out loud by most of the remaining passengers.
The final shot of the Titanic sinking was omitted in the original film in fears that it would upset surviving families at the time. It was added later on. You can find both versions on YouTube. The original ends just as the water breaks through the entire ship and the picture goes black with just the sound of the disaster. I actually preferred that version because I felt it packed more of an emotional punch since the next scene after that was sun and sky.
Anyway, thats it about this fantastic movie. I highly recommend it. It deserves more love than it has been shown over the years. How this movie wasn’t an Oscar contender baffles me. But, I guess that’s makes it even more special.
Below is the movie . Enjoy it. Leave a comment on here or on my YouTube channel to let me know what you thought of it.
The following videos are survivor interviews. It’s a good thing these are recorded for future watch since there are no more survivors left to tell their story.