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Titanic Review

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Julia Sturges (Stanwyck) decides to leave her husband Richard (Webb) and their life in British high society behind, hoping to start a new life for herself and her two children in America. They board the Titanic, pursued by Richard, who is intent on reunit

★★★★★

Director Jean Negulesco’s version may not be the best account of the liner sinking (that’s Roy Ward Baker’s UK classic A Night To Remember) or the epic romance that is James Cameron’s. But this is spiffy Hollywood melodrama, with an Oscar-winning script aped in countless disaster flicks. All life is aboard for conflict and redemption, notably estranged couple Barbara Stanwyck and Clifton Webb, defrocked priest Richard Basehart and millionairess Thelma Ritter, and you’ll puddle up every time they go down bravely glugging, “Nearer my God to Thee...”

Served best by remembering that it is an early template for the disaster film, it's otherwise just a good old fashioned melodrama.