Gambling on the Titanic

May 3, 2005
There are scenes of card playing and/or gambling in most of the Titanic movies.

In ANTR, Lightolller makes his rounds and notices a group or a person he had seen on another ship and advises the Steward in the Men's Smoking Room to tell some of the passengers to be aware of the ''card sharks.''

In another ANTR scene Lightoller is hailed by a group of ''Ugly Americans'' with a loud ''Hey Lieutenant ! ''
They ask him if he can tell them how many miles the ship will make the next day since they are planning to bet on this . Lightoller tells them he wouldn't tell them because ''' Wouldn't you be unsure about betting on a sure thing ? ''

In the 1953 ''Titanic'' movie ''Richard Sturges'' (Clifton Webb) is seen in a .Bridge game group which includes
''Maude Young'' (Thelma Ritter) Quote ''A thinly disguised Molly Brown''. I don't think any gambling was inferred.

These scenes were mentioned in another thread.
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Dave Gittins

Apr 11, 2001
I don't have the primary sources under my nose, but the playing with bits of ice is authentic. As to gambling, there was a note on the passenger list warning of fraudulent gamblers. According to Captain Rostron, they were a regular feature of the Atlantic liners. He sometimes managed to recover money for their victims.
I see a modern cruise line that proudly advertises "No kids, no casino". Sounds good!
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Dec 2, 2000
Easley South Carolina
He sometimes managed to recover money for their victims.
I understand part of the "discussion" included having his revolver on his desk in plain sight. It was never pointed AT anybody but never really pointed away. The card sharps tended to get the message REAL quick!

That much may very well be more legend than fact, but what is a fact was that the lines would share information with each other on who the professional gamblers were, including known aliases and would blacklist the lot from passage. It was a prudent way of dealing with a common cancer but not always effective. Here's one who was traveling in 1st Class. He was quite a piece of work!

George Andrew Brereton : Titanic Survivor