Ok.Yes it seems right now!
I saw the 1953 version first on the big screen in San Diego. I was in the Navy on Liberty and was completely ignorant of never having even heard of the Titanic disaster at that time.Popped the 1953 Titanic in the VCR to do a little homework last night-had been years since I sat through it- and wanted to check on the bloopers already listed. The steward at the beginning does have the Astors in A-56, the ice warning comes from the Baltic first, then somehow one from the Caronia turns up dated April 12 which arrives on the 14th. They all seem perplexed about this and one officer mumbles to himself whether they may be about different bergs. Richard Sturges who gets aboard by convincing a sterrage passenger in Cherbourg to sell his ticket, boards with no luggage. Miraculously a full- service tailor and haberdashery appears aboard Titanic with full dinner dress available for Richard and long pants for Norman. Was delighed to hear Annette's wardrobe contained designs by Lanvin and Lucile! Also magically appearing was a sort of ballroom where many couples were swaying enthusiastically to the strains of a good-sized orchestra with a brass and wind section. Sunday morning's hymn-sing produced out of frame a wheezing pump organ. Annette appears hatless ondeck several times which may have been unusual for an 18 year old debutante- Barbara Stanwyck also seems to wear one only at boarding. Most of the hats do have broad brims, but significantly smaller than was the rage for 1912. Most unlikely is the scene in the men's smoking room where Maude Young's Molly Brown character presides over a 24-hour poker marathon which has Clifton Webb's character shaving in a corner whilst Barbara Stanwyck observes from a fainting couch in the corner. The ship IS holed on portside in the underwater scene of the spur, with the berg popping up on alternating sides in various frames. The ship develops a great list to port where it increases wildly as the film goes on. Sometimes the actors remember to struggle while walking but often forget and stroll against the leaning deck angle like a stroll in the park. Fleet makes the sign of the cross when he sees the berg- maybe high-church anglican? Just before the final plunge the lights aboard flash on and off like a bad neon sign for many minutes as the Strauses sing "Nearer My God to Thee"- a Christian hymn- with gusto along with a perfectly composed throng of men with all the panache of the Mormon Tabernacle choir. Still and all the film works..and a lump does rise in the throat when Barbara receives Norman's little gloves in the lifeboatand father and son have that last poignant conversation at the rail. Catch any more?
One more nit-pick (mine) LOLAn error that is in both the 1997 film and the 1953 version is that somebody gets on board using somebody else's ticket. This simply couldn't be done. The tickets bore the names of the people covered by it. Each ticket was checked by somebody from the purser's staff, who tore off a strip with the names on it from its right hand edge and kept it for the ship's records. The passengers kept the rest. Cameron glosses over the problem by having Jack and Fabrizio dash past the officials, but they wouldn't have got away with that in real life.