Synopsis: Building the Titanic has been a huge financial effort, and White Star Line president Ismay wants her maiden voyage to hit the headlines. He urges Captain Smith to make the fastest possible crossing to New York. When iceberg warnings come in, the captain must ask himself if he is willing to risk the safety of his ship just to please Ismay.
Genre: Action, Drama, History
85 min

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"This film depicts the sole voyage

of the luxury liner Titanic...

whose fate was to hold the world

in suspense for months.

It is April, 1912."


Dear shareholders...

I called this meeting

of the White Star Line...

to inform you of the following:

We have built the Titanic,

the largest ship in the world.

There have been unforeseen incidents

and unexpected difficulties.

Construction costs have escalated

month after month.

We were forced to stretch

our finances to the extreme...

exhaust our investors...

and what's more,

take out substantial loans.

As a result...

the share price is plummeting.

Mr. President.

May I ask how much

share capital you represent?

200,000 pounds,

Mr. President.

So permit me to ask you:

Can't this drop in share price

be stopped?

It's out of my hands.

White Star Line at 98!

Who will buy White Star Line at 98?


I'm selling White Star Line at 96!


White Star Line at 95!

I'm selling White Star Line at 95!


- The latest word is 95.

- 95.

That's right, Henderson. 95.

And it will keep going down.

Or do you think all the little people

who invested their pennies...

will just sit on their shares?

You should be happy if they sell.

Then the price will drop even more...

and give us even more chances

to buy on the cheap.

I agree.

We're the board of the White Star Line,

not some charity.

But what do we do now?

It's simple.

We sell too

and bring the price even lower.

- You think so?

- Are you positive?


- Can you give us a guarantee of that?

- I believe so.

- Really?

- Let's hear it!

Next week, the Titanic makes

her maiden voyage over the big pond...

and you, gentlemen,

will be aboard as my guests.

On this trip...

you will experience

a sensational surprise...

that will cause

our shares to skyrocket.

I don't care to say any more

about it right now.

But I ask all of you to trust me...

just as we all trust our Titanic,

the proudest ship ever to sail...

soon to set to sea for the honor

of the white Star Line...

and the glory of England.

Wherever Ismay goes,

the lovely Gloria can't be far behind.

What nerve, to bring

his girlfriend with him!

Perhaps he wants to marry her

on the high seas. Wonderful idea.

Ismay marries the lovely Gloria

on the maiden voyage of the Titanic.

Makes perfect sense.

Maybe that's the sensation

he promised us.

So, Captain Smith,

we understand each other.

For arrival on schedule in New York

I will pay you $5,000.

And for every hour ahead of schedule,

another $1,000.

So the faster your ship,

the greater your reward.

Who is that?

Sigrid Olinsky,

a wealthy Baltic woman.

Travels all over the world.

Rather extravagant.

- It shows. Married?

- No.

- Alone on board?

- Yes.

Should we invite her to our table?

- If you wish, Mr. President.

- Yes, please.

Do we have to, Bruce?

My dear Gloria, I'm not on board

for my private amusement.

I'm also here as president,

and as such, I have certain duties.

President Ismay requests the honor

of your presence at his table.

With pleasure.

So, the president has the honor...

Of having 20 million more

at his table.

- That much?

- At least.

They say she has

enormous estates in Russia.


the aristocracy in the flesh.

The Duchess of Canterville

and Lord Archibald Douglas.

Her Highness' net worth:

around 20 million.

- And his?

- Two million...

in debt.

There's room for improvement there.

Who are those two?

Professor Bergmann

and his assistant, Dr. Lorenz.

- How much?

- Not worthy of mention.

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Herbert Selpin

Herbert Selpin (29 May 1904 – 1 August 1942) was a German film director and screenwriter of light entertainment during the 1930s and 1940s. He is best known for his final film, the partly suppressed Titanic, during the production of which he was arrested by Propaganda Minister Joseph Goebbels. He was later found dead in his prison cell. more…

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