Cinema: The New Pictures, Apr. 27, 1953

Titanic (20th Century-Fox) dramatizes the greatest of modern maritime disasters: the sinking of R.M.S. Titanic on her maiden voyage from Southampton to New York in 1912, with a loss of 1,513 lives. Around this celebrated tragedy, Titanic weaves a less than epic story that involves an assortment of fictional shipboard characters: a middle-aged couple (Clifton Webb and Barbara Stanwyck) fighting over the upbringing of their children; a collegian (Robert Wagner) in love with the daughter (Audrey Dalton); an unfrocked priest (Richard Basehart), a wealthy, wisecracking American widow (Thelma Ritter).

Though glossily put together...

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