Tired Old Queen At The Movies #142 [VIDEO]

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Robert Stack, Dorothy Malone and a ship load of passengers battle the odds on a luxury liner going down in Andrew L. Stone’s spine tingling disaster film THE LAST VOYAGE (1960). Filmed on an actual liner that was sunk for the filming, the cast includes Oscar winners George Sanders as a distressed captain, Edmund O’Brien as a panicked mid-shipman and Woody Strode as a fearless crew member who attempts the impossible in order to save the lives of those who are trapped below. The perfect summer excursion, you’ll be on the edge of your seat for 90 unforgettable minutes!

  • The liner used in the movie was the Ile de France operated by Compagnie Générale Transatlantique, a/k/a the French Line. In its final days, it was one of the rescue ships that save passengers from the Italian liner Andrea Doria when it sank off of Nantucket.

    • Ernest Endevor

      She was reputed to be the most beautiful of the transatlantic liners.

      • TuuxKabin

        Did you ever see “The French Line”? A Jane Russel musical? They only borrowed the name. It wasn’t film on a ship.

      • T.C.

        She was a beautiful ship, and supposedly the first to use a completely modern aesthetic in her interiors. The Ile entered service in 1927 and was a sensation due to her oh-so-chic deco interiors (paving the way for the L’Atlantique, the Normandie, Queen Mary, etc.). Later, she had an extensive remodel and went from a three-funnel liner to two (as seen in the film). Whether or not she was the most beautiful is in the eye of the beholder!

        • Ernest Endevor

          The hubby sailed on her. He sailed on most of those classic liners. I sailed on the Queen Mary which was extraordinary. The whole ship was like a set for an Astaire/Rogers film. Plus we sailed in December right into what was to that time the worst Atlantic storm on record. I was 15 and it was totally fabulous.

          • yetanotherLaura

            I just got to this thread, hours late — and you’re the only other person I’ve ever run across who sailed on the Queen Mary! My family crossed the Atlantic on it in 1957, from England to New York. I was a little younger than you so I don’t really remember it, but it’s still a lovely thing to check off my bucket list. I envy you for being old enough to remember the experience!

            My parents and then-baby sister sailed to Europe before I was born aboard the original Queen Elizabeth. I saw the QEII, but never had the opportunity to see the original when she was still in service.

          • The launching of the original Queen Elizabeth in 1938. You can see and hear The Queen Mother (Then Queen Elizabeth), Princess Elizabeth (now Queen Elizabeth), and Princess Margaret here. https://youtu.be/Tl8tpZMM2Xs

          • yetanotherLaura

            That was lovely! I love the flowery obsequiousness the old Pathé announcers used to heap on the royal family! I knew she was named after QE the future Queen Mum, but I didn’t realize that then-Princess Elizabeth and Margaret were at the launching, too. I wonder what jeweled goody the Queen received for that difficult task?

          • There is a movie about the building of the ship, Shipyard Sally, starring Gracie Fields, in which she sings Land of Hope and Glory to footage of the launching but you have to pay to see it now on You Tube. You should rent it! She also sings Danny Boy and some other classics.

          • yetanotherLaura

            Thanks, I’ll look for it.

          • Robincho

            Bravo, Mr. Haskell! Remember when Cecil Beaton curated a showing of her gowns and hats for the V&A Museum?…

          • Robincho

            Probably something her mother-in-law had seen in a stately British home, had admired it, and had then “borrowed” from its owners who stupidly forgot to hide it from the perpetually acquisitive royal gaze…

          • yetanotherLaura

            No, in those days royal ladies always got some ridiculously expensive piece of jewelry — a brooch, a necklace, even a tiara. They still maybe, but they don’t talk about it any more. Or about the jewels they receive on trips to Arab countries. Camilla has gotten entire parties that way. Must be nice!

          • Ernest Endevor

            Hubby sailed on QE1 and 2. He won’t fly – don’t even begin! – and has therefore sailed on many ships. Many cargo ships. I crossed on the Mary in 1965. Sailed back to the UK when I got drafted in ’69 on the New Amsterdam. Then when we returned to the US we sailed on SS Michael Lermontov. The USSR’s idea of a luxury transatlantic ship that is one of the funniest experiences of my life. Like seeing Porter Waggoner at Grand Ol’ Opry.

          • yetanotherLaura

            You’ve definitely got some experience at sea! Your hubby has the right idea. Ships and trains are SO much more civilized than airplanes!

            We sailed from India through the Suez Canal and across the Mediterranean. Apparently that’s where I developed my preference for using boats as transportation, not just floating hotels to visit in between tourist stops. I’d love to sail across the Pacific. Or to Australia. That would be a wonderful voyage!

          • Ernest Endevor

            I’m sure you know that there’s all kinds of sites where you can book passage on a freighter. My dream voyage is the ferry from Denmark to Iceland. 48 hours of Viking bliss.

          • Also the Norwegian Ferry Line which really are like little cruise ships up and down the fjords. You had better like fish and reindeer though. https://www.hurtigruten.us/

          • Ernest Endevor

            That’s right. Destroy my peace of mind. Make me abandon the pugs to live out my Viking past.

          • yetanotherLaura

            I wasn’t aware. But I’ll start looking for them next time we travel. I’ve developed a bad enough back it’s really painful to fly, whereas more civilized transportation options make all the difference.

            Another great ferry ride is from Seattle to Alaska. My SIL did that one a few years ago. It costs about 1/10th of what a cruise does, and if you are willing to sleep on deck (which she, being crazy, was), you can cut the cost even further. Me, I’d want a cabin!

          • Ernest Endevor

            Check it out. I sent off whatshisname on a voyage to London on a French freighter. I was feeling all sorry for him till I saw the menu. 8 days of bliss.

          • yetanotherLaura

            I had a friend who took a two-week trip aboard a freighter through the Panama Canal. She had a pretty good time, too. Got totally spoiled.

          • marshlc

            Took that Seattle/Alaska ferry many years ago, but got on at Prince Rupert in BC. Slept on deck, it was wonderful. Of course, I was young….

          • Robincho

            You’ll be turning over a new Leif before you know it…

        • agcons

          My vote for “most beautiful liner” goes to the Normandie.

          • My grandmother remembers it keeled over on the West Side in Manhattan during the Second World War, massive, and on its side. Like a whale. Apparently many of its fireplaces can be found in upscale apartments in Manhattan today — they salvaged the marble furnishings.

          • Craig Howell

            One of Hitchcock’s movies encouraged the idea that the sinking of the Normandie in New York was German sabotage. But I don’t think that’s ever been proven.

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  • bob

    I remember one quick scene that Malone looked like she had just had a good laugh while she was supposedly drowning . lol

    • Jerry

      She looks a little like a young (and thin) Shelly Winters…who was in every disaster movie of the ’70s.

  • Charlie

    I remember going to the drive-in with my whole family to see this movie in 1960. It was quite a terrifying experience for me at 7 years old. I have seen the movie as an adult a few times when it’s on TCM and it’s actually a pretty good movie. I would recommend it, but it’s not a movie for young children. That scene where the little red head girl has to walk across a board over a gaping whole in the floor of her room gave me nightmares for weeks.

  • TuuxKabin

    I remember it billed as “91 minutes of intense suspense”, and it was.

    George Sanders in his typical ‘cad’ performance.

    Steve’s narration, story telling reminds me of this animated short:


  • Johnny Wyeknot

    When I was at Cherokee Junior High in Orlando in about 1964, the school showed the movie to us in the auditorium. I will never forget it. I just wish someone had filmed us watching it! I’m going to a cookout this afternoon with an old Junior High friend who lives in the area. Can’t wait to show him this!

  • Randy

    The little girl was named Tammy Marihugh and had won a Shirley Temple lookalike contest.

  • Randy

    Memory fades but I think it was parodied in the movie THE BIG BUS.

  • T.C.

    Because I’m a stickler, I’d like to point out that they didn’t actually sink the ship and film the movie in real time. No insurance company in the world would have covered the production. Yes, they did blow things up (including a lot of the original 1920s furnishings and fixtures), burn things, flood rooms, and destroy the forward funnel, but short of sinking the ship, they just pumped water into the most forward compartments so that her bow would lower and create the appearance that she was foundering. When the film was in the can, they pumped the water back out and the fabled Ile de France went off to the ship breakers.

  • Mike C

    I loved this movie!

  • I remember this film, too. It’s a really good one.

  • licuado de platano

    Steve has quite the collection of booze behind him.