Where Walter Lord came up with the title "A Night to Remember"

Dan Kappes

Aug 17, 2009
Apple Valley, Minnesota, United States
According to the 1993 documentary film The Making of "A Night to Remember", which is available to view as a special feature on the Criterion Collection 2012 DVD and Blu-Ray of the 1958 film A Night to Remember, Walter Lord says in an interview that he came up with the idea to give the book that title at the corner of 38th Street and Park Avenue in Midtown Manhattan, New York City, which is close to the Grand Central Terminal, MetLife Building, and the Chrysler Building.

What can also be seen in this documentary is footage of the twin towers of the former World Trade Center. This same interview with Lord was also used in the 90s documentary Echoes of Titanic; both this and the Making of NTR documentary were produced by Ray Johnson.

When Echoes of Titanic was released on DVD in 2012 as part of the Titanic: Definitive Documentary Collection, the footage showing the WTC was edited out. Here is the DVD page on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B005X7H9SQ/?tag=encyclopediatita

I think that was unnecessary, as they should've been kept in as tribute to the 9/11 victims, like at the end of the film Gangs of New York. I'm glad that Criterion decided to keep the towers in the documentary in their 2012 DVD/Blu-Ray releases.

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