S.O.S. Titanic

Action/suspense movie, 1978
Produced by William S. Gilmore
and Lou Morheim
Executive producer Roger Gimbel
EMI Films
Directed by Billy Hale
Music by Howard Blake
David Janssen as John Jacob Astor
Cloris Leachman as Molly Brown
Susan Saint James as Leigh Goodwin
David Warner as Laurence Beesley
Ian Holm as J. Bruce Ismay
Helen Mirren as May Sloan
Harry Andrews as Capt. Edward J Smith
Beverly Ross as Madeline Astor
Ed Bishop as Henry Harris

Plot summary

It was an event which shook the world. The night of April 14, 1912 the impossible happened. Just 36 hours from New York, the maiden voyage of the R.M.S. Titanic ended in disaster when the mammoth luxury liner hit an iceberg off the coast of Newfoundland.

Those who survived that tragic night never forgot their shocking and terrifying ordeal. Now a star studded cast grippingly recreates the grim horror and panic of those fateful hours based on actual eyewitness accounts.


This movie was made 20 years ago, so it cannot be as good as the newly released Titanic movie, but it is not bad. Ed Bishop plays a Vaudeville producer and it is funny to mention that he tries to discourage a young man whose father is in movie making business. He tells him that movies are not going to last for long, he says they are short term novelties.


Dean Marvin (guy filming) says: "It's all right folks, this reel is nearly used up! My Dad is in the business, moving pictures"

Henry Harris: "Well tell him to save his money and invest in something with a future... like Vaudeville"

Henry's wife: "Henry is a theatrical producer,... Broadway!?"

Henry: "Henry Harris, how are you?"


Henry: "Well, my father always used to say... "

"...sinking cash in short term novelties..."

"... was like waiting for ships that never come in"

Ed drinks a lot in this movie!! And he and his wife laugh about people playing cards all the time.

Henry: "playing cards!" "

Drinking again!

Watching the players.


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