The Titanic Chronicles

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I found this video (not-so-nicely priced at $34) online. It's called The Titanic Chronicles, and it is an enactment of the enquiries held at the Waldorf-Astoria. Has anyone ever saw or heard of this? I noticed that Gloria Stuart plays Helen Bishop. Any information on this? Does anyone recommend it? Have a look at it:

http steamertrunkmerchants.com/titanicchronicles.htm

-B.W.
 

Dave Hudson

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Titanic (CBS) and Titanic (Cameron) casts are united! I'm not quite sure that I'd get it, but I heard that there was a german film about the inqiries that makes Lightoler out to be a villianous Snidly Whiplash. Sounds amusing!

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Dave Gittins

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This could be a hoot. Most of the hearings were in the Senate in Washington and Mrs Minahan never appeared. How Gloria Stuart can play the 19 year old Helen Bishop is a mystery.

Is "John Cummingham" (their spelling) a porn star given to over-acting?
 

Mike Herbold

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Brandon and Both Daves:
I have a copy of "The Titanic Chronicles" video and it is actually quite well done. It is similar to "The Titanic Disaster Hearings" audio tape done by Tom Kuntz, in that both are verbatim, but condensed, accounts from the Senate Hearings. "The Titanic Chronicle" is one 55 minute video; "The Titanic Disaster Hearings" is four audio tapes running about 6 hours.

Only the narrator, David McCallum, appears on the video; none of the readers of the testimony, like John Cunningham and Gloria Stuart, are pictured. Instead, newspaper clippings, photos, and drawings are shown as you listen to the testimony. Daisy Minahan's testimony, read by Cloris Leachman is actually an affadavit, just as it was in the hearings. I didn't find Gloria Stuart's older voice to be a drawback to the Helen Bishop testimony.

For somebody that knows nothing about the Senate hearings, this video is an excellent introduction. And even if you are familiar with the Senate testimony of the many witnesses, this is still a good refresher course.
 
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Anita Casey-Reed

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I was just about to start a new thread asking if anyone had heard of this movie, when I find (as usual) someone else has already mentioned it! I find it interesting that Bernard Hill, the gentleman who played Captain Smith in '97 Titanic, is listed as portraying Captain Lord in this... does anyone know how the filmmakers treat the whole Californian situation?
 

Bob Godfrey

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I have this bundled on dvd as a 'double feature' along with the 1929 early talkie 'Titanic'. Neither is a must-have, but two curios for the price of one is an ok deal. On the Califonian you get a few minutes of Gill and a few minutes of Lord plus the narrator's summation of the committee's conclusions.
 

Eric Paddon

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I found it an interesting way of bringing together actors from many different Titanic productions over the years for this way of bringing a piece of history to life. Well worth having IMO.

And incidentally (though I'm two years late to correct the poster), John Cunningham played Captain Smith in the Broadway musical "Titanic."
 
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Mary S. Lynn

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I ordered this used two-sided single DVD from my old nemesis, Amazon.com in a temporary lapse of sanity for the bargain-basement price of $8.12 - and I'd probably do it again. The 1929 production of "Titanic (Disaster in the Atlantic)" is a 90-minute production filled with glaringly bad camera tilting, a single set, and unbearable pauses due to lines delivered very late. I dozed off so many times, that I had to remind myself that "the Rools are the good guys". However, it's amazing that a 90-minute film portraying the Titanic disaster could even have emerged from 1920's technology! That alone makes this film worth a look. The far better side is the "Titanic Chronicles" which depicted the hearings in New York headed by Senator Smith. Eric is correct in saying that the voices of Titanic film actors/actresses were used. (If you click on the above link, you will see that "Cummingham" and "Cury" are misspelled. Duh). I was all set to do the "Time Warp" when Tim Curry's Lightoller appeared, but was immediately shocked into sobriety when the still photo of Charles appeared. Well, not immediately....I had already danced two steps to the right
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Bob Godfrey

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Mary, you remember that discussion we had about the film Atlantic, which caused so much concern to White Star and the British shipping industry? I don't think you'd seen it at that time, but you have now!
 
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Mary S. Lynn

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Yes, Bob, I do remember that! I do need reminders from time to time (hitting side of head in disgust for not making that connection)! Facts begin to fall into place the more I try to research. There's just such a volume of material out there, that it seems as if I'm "drowning" in it, and it's difficult to absorb. Here, Kitty, is completely pissed that I've "Titanicized" the third bedroom, and he is forced to sleep on pages of TAOS prints! Have patience with me, Bob. I'll never be a Titanic expert, but I do appreciate expertise! Sincere thanks!

"Damnit, Janet!"