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The Last Voyage (1960)

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“I’ve never lost a ship and I’m not losing this one! I’ll bring her back afloat without the loss of another life. The Claridon is not going to sink!”

Director:   Andrew L. Stone

Starring:   Robert Stack, Dorothy Malone, George Sanders, Woody Strode, Edmond O’Brien, Tammy Marihugh, Jack Kruschen, Joel Marston, George Furness, Richard Norris, Robert Martin, Bill Wilson

Screenplay:   Andrew L. Stone

  Synopsis:   The S.S. Claridon is on the open ocean, on a passage from San Francisco to Tokyo, when word reaches Captain Robert Adams (George Sanders) that a fire has broken out in the engine-room. In company with Third Officer Osborne (George Furness) and Second Mate Mace (Robert Martin), Adams goes below; he learns that the cause of the fire is a feed-line that broke, spraying burning oil around the boiler-room. As the crew battles the flames, Chief Engineer Pringle (Jack Kruschen) explains that although there is not much flammable material at the main point of the fire, there is a danger that the flames will be drawn up a flue: if there are any rusted areas in the flue, the fire will threaten the passenger decks. Word comes shortly afterwards that fire has broken out on C Deck, in the cabin-class dining-room. As crew-members rush fire-fighting equipment to the scene, Osborne asks the Captain if the passengers should be alerted; he is supported by Second Engineer Walsh, who foresees catastrophic consequences if the fire escalates. Adams, however, refuses to have the passengers alarmed, insisting that they be kept unaware of the situation as long as possible, and that there is no danger as long as the fire can be confined. With Pringle and Walsh overseeing the fire response, Adams and his senior officers mingle with the passengers, behaving as usual. Pringle and Walsh report that the dining-room fire is under control, but Pringle worries that a fire that hot might well have done serious damage somewhere else. In the main lounge, Cliff Henderson (Robert Stack), his wife, Laurie (Dorothy Malone), and their young daughter, Jill (Tammy Marihugh), play bingo; Jill is greatly excited when she wins the main prize of forty dollars. As they leave the lounge, Cliff and Laurie overhear two other passengers questioning an officer about smoke from a ventilator, and his reassuring answer to them. Adams, Pringle and Walsh debate the correct response to their situation: the older men recognise that stopping the ship for a proper overhaul will mean lost time and greatly increased costs to the company, which is already struggling to keep a ship of the Claridon ’s age financially viable. Furthermore, if the incident should cause the Claridon to be dubbed a fire-trap and taken out of service, it would mean the loss of many crew jobs. Walsh in favour of stopping regardless, but is overruled by Adams and Pringle. Reluctantly, he passes on the order to check the remaining feed lines without shutting the steam off to his crew. One of his men notices that one of the pressure gauges on the boiler seems to be stuck. Crewman Hank Lawson (Woody Strode) hits it, causing the gauge to jump from 196 psi to 300 psi. The men can only hope that the gauge is faulty: the safety valves are supposed to blow at 230 psi. They try to reduce the heat feeding to the boiler in question, but the oil valves are frozen; one of the crew comments that this is where the feed line broke. To the urging of his men, Third Officer Cole (Richard Norris) can only reply that he cannot shut off the engine without orders; he sends for Pringle. Lawson comments grimly that if this boiler blows, it is likely to take the ones on either side of it along, too—as well as a chunk of the ship. When the men make one more effort to open the valve, it snaps off. Cole immediately orders the main fuel line shut off, even as one of the safety valves ruptures, pouring superheated steam into the room. Pringle and Walsh arrive and assess the situation: Pringle orders Walsh to get the crew out; he will use a hammer to try and open the valve on top of the boiler. Walsh argues with him but cannot dissuade him; Pringle finally gets Walsh to leave by ordering him to see to the bulkheads doors, which may be the ship’s only hope. The first bulkhead has barely been sealed when the boiler explodes, the force ripping upwards through the decks of the ship…

Comments:   Disaster movies are – let’s bite the bullet here – formulaic beasts. The pleasure we derive from watching one, aside from the Schadenfreude associated with seeing the cast getting whacked in colourfully gruesome ways, may well stem less from any attempt at originality – change the formula too much and it will cease to be a disaster movie – than from an imaginative tweaking of the formula.

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Often the greatest hurdle that a disaster movie has to overcome is the question of what to do with its second act. Screenwriters usually have no difficulty figuring out how to set up a disaster, or how to resolve it; the problem is what to do with the middle part of the story. Disaster movies that fail tend to fall at this hurdle, resorting to character scenes that in context are rarely other than padding, the film twiddling its thumbs while the clock runs down. And while pointless “character stuff” may be tolerable when we’re talking about what people like John Wayne, Clair Trevor, Dana Andrews, Glenn Ford, Burt Lancaster, Myrna Loy and James Stewart could do, by the time it’s being dished up by the likes of Avery Schreiber, Jimmie Walker and Charo, we’re dealing with something that could rightly be condemned as a crime against humanity.

Conversely, the better disaster movies – take the textbook examples of The Poseidon Adventure and The Towering Inferno – often succeed because, by their very nature, they manage to keep their disaster rolling through the entire film and so avoid the dead patch in the middle. Yet even The Poseidon Adventure and The Towering Inferno do include character scenes at the beginning while setting up their disasters.

Which brings me to 1960’s The Last Voyage , a most remarkable disaster movie in that:

  • its disaster occupies a higher proportion of its running-time than any other disaster movie I’ve ever seen;
  • its character scenes occupy a lower proportion of its running-time than any other disaster movie I’ve ever seen.

Of course, the irony here is that the very things about The Last Voyage that catch the eye today – the reality of its settings, and above all the relentless nature of its disaster – provoked critical wrath at the time of the film’s initial release.

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The Last Voyage was the work of Andrew and Virginia Stone, who were also responsible for Julie . As I remarked about that film, two notable characteristics of the Stones as film-makers were, firstly, their ability to do genre films just a little differently, and secondly, their preference for shooting on location, and in location (that is, in real buildings, and in the case of Julie on a real plane), which gives their films a look and feel unlike that of other, similar productions.

And perhaps none of their films illustrate these tendencies quite so comprehensively as The Last Voyage , for which the Stones put their cast and crew through the ringer on a real ship—and not just any ship, either…

In fact, the S. S. Claridon is played by none other than the S. S. Île de France , a vessel with a long and proud history. Famous in its early days for its beauty, its luxurious appointments and its art deco interiors, the Île de France became a fashionable and popular vessel in spite of its comparative lack of speed, and was the ship of choice for many on the Paris-New York route between 1926 and 1939. It was also, as it happened, the last commercial ship to leave France before the outbreak of WWII, making it safely to New York with a passenger load more than 400 people beyond its usual capacity. While the Île de France was crossing the Atlantic, sixteen other ships on the same route were torpedoed and sunk.

In 1940, the Île de France was loaned to Britain, and began service as a transport for war materials and as a troop ship. In 1945 – having been almost gutted to make more and more room for cargo and men – the ship was returned to France. After a further period of service ferrying US and Canadian troops home from Europe, the Île de France was refurbished and began work again as a commercial liner in 1947, eventually resuming the Paris-New York run. In addition to regaining its popularity with travellers, the Île de France played a significant role as a rescue ship following the collision of the Andrea Doria and the Stockholm off Nantucket in 1956.

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However, by this time the venerable ship was beginning to show – and feel – its age; and in 1958 its owners, Compagnie Générale Transatlantique (CGT, or “the French Line”), not only retired the Île de France , but sold her to a Japanese firm for scrap.

And this is where Andrew Stone entered the picture. As coincidence would have it, he had been inspired by the wreck of the Andrea Doria to write a screenplay for a shipboard disaster movie. MGM expressed interest in the project but, not unreasonably, asked Stone where he thought he was going to get an ocean liner? Even less unreasonably, the owners of liners still in service wanted nothing to do with the project.

When Stone heard of the proposed wrecking of the Île de France , he must have thought all his Christmases had come at once. He began negotiation with her new Japanese owners for permission to shoot his film on the ship itself—arguing that if the ship were to be scrapped anyway, it wouldn’t matter if a film crew did [ *cough* ] a little damage first. CGT got wind of these proceedings and intervened, at length agreeing to the arrangement (in exchange for “compensation”) on the condition that all insignia that could in any way identify the ship or its former owners be removed.

If these manoeuvres were really supposed to disguise the Île de France , they were a signal failure. The ship was not only recognised by audiences worldwide, but many critics reacted angrily to what they perceived as the indignities heaped upon it during the making of The Last Voyage . Even LIFE Magazine , which did an article on the film’s production – the tone of which teeters between horror at Andrew Stone’s proceedings and reluctant admiration of his chutzpah – went with the condemnatory title, Farcical Finish Of A Famous Old Ship, speaking of the Île de France as “the ill-fated victim of movie realism”.

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When the critics drew breath from complaining about the treatment of the Île de France , their other main criticism of The Last Voyage was that the film was “too much”. Disaster movies were a new genre at the time – the term “disaster movie” was still yet to be coined – and the few that had made it onto screens were of the restrained, “a plane might crash but doesn’t” variety, with disaster threatening but not happening, and the body count low-to-non-existent.

The Last Voyage doesn’t let audiences off so easy. In fact, its disaster starts – or more correctly, the viewer is notified that it has started – sixty-six seconds into the film; and it ends only with the end credits. Enjoyment of this film therefore requires the capacity to just roll with it, as a bad situation gets worse – and worse – and worse…

Even so, it is unlikely that modern viewers will feel that the film is “too much”, while use of a real ship simply heightens the drama. On the other hand, there’s no getting away from the fact that the film must have been insanely dangerous to make. The Last Voyage scored an Oscar nomination for its special effects, which is a bit ironic: there are very few special effects as we now understand that term on display here – and very few stunt people, either: just a lot of pyrotechnics and some foolhardy highly courageous actors.

There is no shortage of scenes here to make the viewer cringe and gasp. The moment that always stays with me finds Edmond O’Brien up to his hips in water, with no personal protection beyond a completely inadequate pair of eye-shades, waving an oxyacetylene torch around with one bare hand while brushing a shower of sparks out of his hair with the other. Overall, however, it is probably poor Dorothy Malone who gets the worst of it, spending about three-quarters of the film dirty and dishevelled, lying unmoving amongst piles of debris, or up to her chin in water.

(I haven’t read it, but apparently Robert Stack has a few choice words to say about this production in his autobiography: “It was called The Last Voyage and for me it nearly was…”)

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The Last Voyage opens with another of the Stones’ defining movie traits, a negative one this time: the Unnecessary Voiceover. In the soothingly British tones of George Furness (who also plays Third Officer Osborne), the viewer is given a potted history of the S. S. Claridon and foreshadows her date with destiny:

“The S. S. Claridon : a proud ship; a venerable ship; but as ships go, an old ship, a very old ship. For thirty-eight years she has weathered everything the elements could throw at her: typhoons, zero-zero fogs, the scorching heat of the tropics. Now she is scheduled for only five more crossings. Then a new ship, a plush, streamlined beauty, will take her place. It is then that the Claridon will fade into oblivion. She has an appointment with the scrap-yard – but it’s an appointment she will never keep – for this is the last voyage…”

This in itself is fine, but The Voice will subsequently reappear at irregular intervals throughout the film to comment on the action—usually with the effect of jerking the viewer out of it. I can only think that Andrew Stone had insufficient faith in his screenplay; screenplay s : he did this sort of thing far too often.

The first stretch of voiceover cuts to the title card, and from there directly to a handwritten note that’s just been handed to Captain Robert Adams: Fire in the engine room .

The camera pulls back to show us Adams doing what, apparently, he does best: schmoozing the passengers. He excuses himself from lunch and takes a leisurely stroll across the dining-room, exchanging pleasantries here and there, before getting out of earshot and consulting with his Third Officer and Second Mate. The credits then begin to roll; before they end, we will have seen the engine-room well on fire, learned the cause of it, and been warned of the potential danger to the ship at large. We will also learn that another fire has broken out in one of the passenger areas—

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—although not that occupied by the only passengers to which The Last Voyage will pay any particular attention. At this point we are introduced to Cliff and Laurie Henderson and their young daughter, Jill. We learn that Cliff has been transferred from Sacramento to Tokyo for his job and, rather than travel directly, by plane, the couple decided upon the romance of a cruise to get them to their new home. After lunch, the Hendersons play bingo, before ditching Jill at the puppet show being performed in the ship’s crèche and taking off for the bar, where they dance and drink martinis, and Laurie tries but fails to get Cliff to utter those Three Little Words.

Meanwhile, the differing mentalities of the crew are beginning to make themselves felt, in particular that of Second Engineer Walsh. Growing less and less convinced that the emergency can be contained, Walsh lobbies for the ship to be shut down, at least for a few hours, so that the situation can be properly addressed. Adams isn’t having any, however, insisting that you can’t stop a ship for every little thing and crops up; and he gets some support from his Chief Engineer, Pringle, who in spite of worrying that a fire that hot must have done some damage to the ship’s infrastructure, puts it in terms of cost, overtime and longshoreman, and potential lost jobs should the ship be withdrawn from service as a consequence.

Walsh accepts this but clearly isn’t happy, muttering about the appointment of captains on the basis of their social skills rather than their seamanship. Pringle calls him on his attitude, upon which Walsh explains that his own father sailed under a captain more interested in speed records than protocol, and in keeping the passengers happy than in keeping them safe:

Pringle :  “What ship was that?” Walsh :  “The Titanic .”

In context this sounds like a tasteless joke, but it turns out to be the literal truth: his old man’s fate is used to explain the chip on Walsh’s shoulder, his problems with authority, and some of the choices he makes as the emergency escalates into a full-scale disaster.

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Another crewmember who we have already met in passing but will see a lot more of from this point is Hank Lawson, played by Woody Strode—and if you’ll forgive me, I feel compelled to step aside for the moment and make the following observation:

For all that we pay out on William Shatner for this tendency, did Woody Strode EVER keep his shirt on in a movie!?

Though I’ll grant you this: the end result of Bill and Woody taking off their respective shirts isn’t quite the same…

In any event, Woody must have been in hog-heaven while making The Last Voyage : he goes shirtless for the duration.

As events in the boiler-room begin to spiral out of control, we briefly visit with Mr Unnecessary Voiceover, who describes to us what we can see perfectly well for ourselves, the passengers enjoying the various facilities offered by the Claridon . (This includes a cinema, where we see the beginning of a newsreel—an MGM newsreel, of course…) We also stop by the Hendersons’ stateroom, where Laurie is realising that she left her purse in the bar. Shaking his head with husbandly condescension, Cliff goes off to get it.

Down in the bowels, it has become clear that disaster is imminent. Pringle and Walsh clash over which of them gets to undertake the suicide mission of trying to open the valve on top of the blocked boiler; Pringle “wins” by ordering Walsh to see to the bulkheads.

Barely has the first bulkhead been lowered than the boiler goes. The explosion tears upwards, ripping a vertical hole through several decks and blowing through the wall of the main dining-area, killing several passengers in the process—as well as the unfortunate Pringle.

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(In a grimly explicit moment, one which in its small way is indicative of the contemporary crumbling of the Production Code, the crewman later sent to inspect the damage reports, “There isn’t enough of the Chief left to scoop up.”)

Cliff Henderson, halfway to the bar when the explosion occurs, turns and sprints back towards his stateroom, only to find his way barred by a gaping hole in the floor and a precariously teetering grand-piano. He negotiates this – just – and makes it to his room, where he finds a double emergency on his hands: Laurie is trapped under a fallen steel girder, unable to move her legs, and Jill is crouched on a narrow ledge in the bedroom, on the far side of what used to be the floor…

It is hard to know what to make of Tammy Marihugh’s performance as Jill. She was a few years older than she’s playing here, which gives a sense of dislocation to the character; but on the whole her reactions to her situation are fair and reasonable—even when she’s literally kicking and screaming and making things difficult for those trying to help her; while her ability to stay in character is rather impressive. (That said, on occasion it’s hard to shake the feeling that the kid was genuinely terrified.) On the whole, however, or at least once the disaster kicks in, I find her – un-annoying – which is surely the most you can ask of a small child in a disaster movie.

From this point The Last Voyage splits into three main plot-threads: the Hendersons’ terrible predicament; Walsh’s increasingly focused efforts to get what’s left of the engine-room crew out alive; and Captain Adam’s paralysis in the face of disaster.

It isn’t until near the end that we find out what’s on Adams’ mind. For now we simply see his obstinate refusal to cross the Rubicon indicated by assembling the passengers and getting the life-boats ready. He does allow his officers to radio for any other ships in the vicinity, but otherwise he pins his hopes on the reinforcing of the bulkheads, to defend against the water that is pouring in too fast for the bilge-pumps to handle. This task is undertaken by Walsh and the others, who try desperately to build a barricade to hold back the threat of the in-rushing waters, even though they fear their efforts will be futile…

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Meanwhile, Cliff is trying to reach the terrified Jill, but twice nearly plunges to his own death, while Jill ends up half-dangling into space, clutching desperately at a telephone cord…

Having seen Jill scramble back onto her narrow perch, Cliff tries to find another way. He turns a piece of loose planking into a makeshift bridge, but soon realises it won’t bear his weight and that Jill will have to come to him. He makes a rope of sorts out of a blanket, fashioning a noose at one end. Tossing this to Jill with the admonition not to lean forward while trying to catch it, he talks her through slipping it around herself—and then has to talk her into crawling across the plank…

Upstairs, dissension is breaking out amongst the officers. Osborne urges preparations for evacuation, only to be sneeringly accused of hysteria by Captain Adams. Mace, who supports the Captain, is put in charge of rounding up any doctors and getting the injured passengers tended.

But the latter never really eventuates. This turns out to be one of the most significant ways in which The Last Voyage tweaks its formula: I can’t think of any transport-related disaster movie that spends less time with its passengers than this one. Instead, with those in charge concentrating upon the task of saving “the passengers”, collectively, no-one has much time to spare for a passenger—which creates a desperate situation for the Hendersons.

Cliff, having rescued Jill, now turns his attention to Laurie. The debris under which she is pinned is beyond him, so he goes looking for help—and has terrible trouble finding anyone willing to stop the large-scale disaster response they’re involved in long enough to help one particular person. Cliff, conversely, doesn’t give a toss about anyone else’s problems – he berates the steward who has been looking after him and his family for following orders and helping the injured passengers in the dining-room instead of doing what he says – and becomes more and more obsessively focused upon doing something to help Laurie, and the hell with everybody else.

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Word that the bulkhead is beginning to leak reaches the officers, along with a message that the nearest ship, the Hawaiian Fisherman , is fifty minutes away. At long last, Adams allows an SOS to be sent.

Cliff finally rounds up three fellow-passengers, but their efforts to free Laurie only make things worse. Cliff concludes that they need an oxyacetylene torch, and the youngest of the group runs to the wheel-house to find out where he could get one—encountering exactly the same stonewall of preoccupation that Cliff did: officers come and go, Adams barks instructions, and no-one pays the slightest heed to the boy’s repeated demands for help. Inevitably, it is Osborne who finally responds, telling the boy, in effect, that if the torch isn’t at one end of the ship (the engine-room), it’ll be at the other (with the gear).

On his way back the young man encounters Cliff, who reports bitterly that the other men who were helping them have given up. The two then separate: kid then goes forward, while Cliff heads for the engine-room. This brings him into the midst of the men working feverishly to shore up the bulkhead—and they aren’t much interested in his problems, either, although Hank Lawson does take a moment to direct Cliff to the generator-room.

Walsh, however, is in the middle of reporting that the water has risen another eight feet in spite of the pumps going full bore. When he receives this message, Adams orders Mace to start looking into whether the ship can stay afloat if both the boiler- and engine-rooms are flooded—but after a long hesitation, also allows Osborne to start assembling the passengers.

Osborne’s instruction to don life-jackets directly contradicts the last PA announcement assuring everyone that there’s no cause for alarm, and confirms Laurie’s worst fears. Meanwhile, Cliff has found the torch – the huge, heavy, metal cylinder kind – and begins the unenviable task of manoeuvring it back to the cabin (mostly by dragging it by the gauge – ulp!). Along the way he encounters Lawson, who breaks the cheery news that this particular rig needs two cylinders – he’s got the oxygen, but he also needs the acetylene – and that the second cylinder (even if it can be found) weighs over two hundred pounds.

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Cliff’s attitude of mingled despair and obstinacy catches Lawson, who begins to help him with the gear—and subsequently spends most of the rest of the film enmeshed in the Hendersons’ woes.

The character of Hank Lawson is one of the most interesting things about The Last Voyage . At no point in the film to we get so much of a hint that Lawson is just “the black guy”, let alone “the token black guy”. Instead, he has equal standing as one of many people trying to deal with a terrible situation—and, as the film goes on, an increasingly important one.

Walsh catches Lawson as he and Cliff are struggling out of the flooding engine-room, angrily ordering him back to the bulkhead. Torn between this and Cliff’s guilt-trip – “How’d you feel if it was your wife?” – Lawson finally chooses the latter, partly because he knows the efforts below deck are only forestalling the inevitable.

On that subject, Adams now finds himself under siege from Osborne, who wants to launch the life-boats, and Ragland, who thinks the crewmen should be called out of the engine-room—and dismisses both their demands.

But in fact, Walsh isn’t waiting for orders: he’s already trying to clear his men out—but too late. The bulkhead goes, and with it most of the men below decks…

Cliff and Lawson, fighting upstream like salmon, make it back to the cabin, where Lawson’s expert eye confirms that only a cutting-torch can help.

As the order to evacuate sounds again and again, Laurie tries to argue Cliff into taking Jill and getting off the ship; he compromises with a promise to see Jill into a boat and then come back. He leaves Laurie to be watched over by Lawson—setting up perhaps the film’s most indelible moment, as Laurie accepts that only one thing will make Cliff leave her behind…

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I said that the fact that Hank Lawson is black doesn’t matter, and for the most part that’s true; but nevertheless it adds an unmistakable edge to this scene – filmed in 1959, remember – of a blonde-haired, blue-eyed white woman asking a black man to please kill her … It is no wonder that there are more layers than one to Hank Lawson’s instinctive recoil.

And this is not the only surprising moment of interaction. Cliff does refuse to leave – Laurie is quite right about that – and it is Lawson to whom the Hendersons ultimately entrust the job of getting Jill off the boat.

Lawson only succeeds in doing so on his second attempt, though. Amidst escalating panic, Cliff again tries and fails to get someone to listen to him about Laurie. However, word of the fate of the men below decks has reached the wheel-house, while computations have confirmed that there is only fifty minutes left in which to get everyone off the ship. Encountering Lawson – “Your wife’s talking crazy!” – Cliff hesitates, then hands over Jill, while he makes one final effort to get help for Laurie. He bails up Adams, and wrings from him an order for Walsh to go to the Hendersons’ cabin.

Immediately, however, the Captain’s full attention becomes fixed upon the imminent collapse of a funnel…

Lawson, meanwhile, gets Jill to a boat, but as he is handing her over she breaks away from him. He catches her again but – sigh – seeing a small white child struggling with a large black man, an indignant passenger intervenes, allowing Jill to bolt. Lawson runs after her, shouting for someone to stop her but, intent upon their own flight to safety, no-one does.

Jill is clinging to her mother and sobbing when Lawson catches up with her. He stops only to tell Laurie that Cliff is getting help, then forcibly removes Jill from the scene, to the point of wrenching the child’s desperately clutching hands away from the door-frame of the cabin. In spite of her shrieks and struggles he bears her determinedly up onto the deck. On this second attempt, no-one interferes, and he does convey Jill into a life-boat – just – literally dropping her into the arms of those below as the boat is winched down.

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As the boat moves away, Lawson shouts after it despairingly: “When you get picked up, get an acetylene tank! Send it back to me! Did you hear me…? ”

Lawson reports all this to Cliff and Laurie, but in a muttered aside tells Cliff he has little hope, and that they’re running out of time. Cliff replies that he’s done enough and should save himself, but Lawson refuses to leave.

The various viewpoints then collide on the top-deck: Adams and Osborne contemplating what will happen to the boat if the pressure in the hold continues to build, Walsh begging for help to free two men trapped below before they drown, Cliff demanding to know why Walsh isn’t helping his wife before she drowns, as he was ordered to do.

By now Walsh has reached the point of rank insubordination, and he responds with a counter-argument that his men are in the most immediate danger and must be rescued first. (My sympathies are with Walsh here, who has already lost all but six of his thirty-five man crew.) As the engineer turns away, Cliff grabs him angrily.

However, what might have happened next between the two frightened and furious men is forestalled when, as Osborne feared, a pressure explosion blasts through the deck-hatch, sending smoke and flames billowing into the air, and dangerous debris in all directions.

What might have happened between Cliff and Walsh then does happen between Walsh and Adams, the Captain responding to a vicious verbal attack – “You’re a joke, a stumbling, incompetent, career-happy joke !” – with a blow in the face.

It is Walsh’s words that have done the damage, though. This confrontation seems to send Adams into a kind of fugue state: he becomes incapable of giving orders, instead going over and over all the ways that this might never have happened, if only, if only, as his contemptuous officers increasingly take matters into their own hands.

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Adams then withdraws to his cabin, sitting slumped behind his desk as he reads over and over again the letter from his employers confirming his appointment as Commodore of the Main Star fleet…

Cliff and Lawson, meanwhile, are on their way to the engine-room, either to help or to get help. Their journey takes them through the dining-room, which is filling up with the water pouring in through the open port-holes. They meet up with what’s left of the crew, whose only thought is of getting off the ship. When Lawson tells Cliff that’s he’s going to find Osborne to see if he has any suggestions, Cliff’s despairing expression indicates that he reads into this Lawson’s own withdrawal from the situation.

Laurie herself, left on her own, has been having a dark night of the soul, struggling to drag towards herself a jagged piece of glass from the piles of debris around her…although in the end she can’t do it, flinging the glass away and settling for terrified hysterics instead. She has some reason to regret this choice, however, when the seawater begins to creep into the cabin, rising inexorably towards her mouth and nose…

As it happens, Cliff has underestimated Lawson. He gets no help from Osborne, intent upon getting the last life-boat launched, but does he finally succeeds in recruiting Walsh, now that all of his men who can be rescued, have been. Walsh tries to order Lawson into the life-boat, but he has about as much success at that as Adams did ordering Walsh to forget about rescuing the trapped crewmen. As the two men head back below, Osborne steps into the life-boat and orders it lowered.

But once in the cabin, Walsh can only confirm the hopelessness of Laurie’s situation. Cliff still refuses to leave her, until Laurie tells him he’s making it so much harder for her—and what about Jill? Must she be orphaned?

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Still Cliff hesitates…

Of the officers, only Adams and Ragland remain on board (they’re both unmarried). Adams pulls himself together sufficiently to collect the log-books, but at that moment the funnel, which has been threatening collapse for some time, finally gives way, crashing through the main deck—and Adams’ cabin.

Osborne jumps back on board to go in search of his fellow officers, ordering the life-boat away at the same time. He and Ragland dash in to look for the Captain, but he has been crushed under the collapsing deck. He dies, still muttering about how Walsh shouldn’t have said those things, and how the decisions he made were sound, sound …

By now the ocean is now dotted with small boats pulling away from the Claridon —but there is also one boat pulling towards it. It is an emissary from the Hawaiian Fisherman , of whose approach we have heard intermittently throughout the disaster; and across the waters drift those magical words:

“Is anybody there? We’ve got the tank – the acetylene tank!”

As Lawson stares incredulously, the small boat draws near—and we see that it’s the same young man who tried to help Cliff in the first place who’s doing all the shouting.

Cliff finally succeeded in sending Walsh away from the cabin (if no further), so he on hand to help Lawson haul the acetylene tank on board. The two race back to the Hendersons’ cabin, where by now Cliff is holding Laurie’s chin up against the rising waters. It takes a struggle, and the endless contents of Lawson’s capacious pockets, but the men manage to get the torch working. It takes minutes that seem endless before the obstruction is cut away, however, and Laurie is gasping and spluttering as the water rises above her mouth when Walsh finally utters the command to pull her free…

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And free she is; but water is now pouring into the ship through the hole in the deck, the Claridon is beginning to slide under the surface—and Laurie cannot walk…

During production of The Last Voyage , the Île de France was anchored in the harbour of Osaka. Andrew Stone’s contract allowed him to do just about anything he liked to the ship—although not without significant opposition from the Osaka authorities and repeated interference from the salvage company, so that it took a combination of belligerence, bribery, legal threats and sneakiness to get the job done.

Consequently, almost everything that happens in the film – the flooding of the engine-rooms, the explosion through the deck, even the collapsing of the funnel – was achieved on the spot through practical means; while the ship’s indoor pool became the Hendersons’ flooded cabin. Stone’s only un chieved ambition was to tilt-sink the ship so far that the propellers would show above the water-line, but the salvage company, fearful of its investment, intervened.

The ship was one thing: it could only sit there and suffer. The cast was another, and Stone understandably found himself with a mutiny on his hands that made the one faced by Captain Adams seem trivial in comparison. The main cast put up with put up with the danger and discomfort, albeit not without protest (at one point in the production, a furious Edmond O’Brien called Andrew Stone, “A psychopath with a death wish”); but the extras flat-out refused to participate in the blowing-up of the dining-room.

Stone got around that problem via the involvement of a handful of American marines, who were originally hired as his demolition crew, and stuck around to take bit parts. Since no individual Marine would back down from a challenge in front of his companions, all of them ended up participating in the scene. (Stone presumably used similar tactics to convince a subset of the Marines to wear drag during the filming.) However – proving, I guess, that the director wasn’t a total lunatic – those closest to the explosion are actually mannequins, as is amusingly evident if you pause the film.

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Ultimately only the film’s closing sequence was faked: the final struggle to leave the ship as it slips beneath the waves was too homicidally dangerous even for Andrew Stone—and besides, the waters around Osaka were full of venomous jelly-fish. (The extras also baulked when Stone tried to film a few of the traditional “panicking people plunge into the sea” scenes.) As a belated concession to common sense, and perhaps in celebration of the fact that no-one had actually been killed or maimed during production, these final scenes were shot in a nice safe tank in Santa Monica.

(Even so— By this time Edmond O’Brien had had enough, and refused to participate: Walsh is mysteriously absent as the others fight the rising waters.)

And so the last survivors of the Claridon swim for their lives. They are hauled to safety into a waiting life-boat, watching in silence as the dying ship finally sinks out sight below the churning waters…

…with all of twenty seconds left to run in The Last Voyage …

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“….by the time it’s being served up by the likes of ….”

It took out my bracketed part – insert list of Hollywood Squares personalities…

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Literally so, yes.

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I have always loved this film! I actually bought it on LaserDisc back in the VHS days just to get a copy, since it was the only format (then) available.

One interesting aspect about this film is the near complete lack of music… there’s a short bit at the very opening, and an even shorter bit as the Claridon makes its final plunge (like, literally, the last few seconds of the film). Throughout the entire film, we are not distracted by a bombastic or overwrought score to ‘cue’ our emotional reactions to the scenes. We simply react to the events as they unfold, in all their increasingly noisy glory as the ship creaks and groans and passengers become more frantic, only to notice the comparative quietness after the ship is nearly abandoned during Laurie’s rescue, followed by the growing, almost organic roar of inrushing water as the ship makes its final plunge and the survivors try to get topside before it’s too late.

This film breaks some stereotypes a bit, too–especially considering when it was made–without completely wearing it on its sleeve: for example, nobody points out that Lawson is black, or that the younger ‘kid’ who helps out is so young. (An early comment from another passenger mentions derisively the ‘beat generation’ as he is accidentally bumped by that kid on a crowded stairway, but that’s it… it isn’t a focal point of conflict or a blatant ‘see, kids are all right’ revelation later.) We simply see all these people interacting without calling attention to them.

I am still perplexed by the negative reaction people still have over seeing the ship distressed, since it was getting scrapped anyway, although I suppose that it was an ignomonious end to such a storied vessel… I might fell a little more regret had I actually been alive to sail and/or serve aboard her. Sadly, though, almost all vessels end up under the cutter’s torch, but just without getting trashed beforehand.

Anyway, great review of a good movie!

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Excellent points, Craig, particularly about the sparing use of music, and the way the ominous ship-noises are allowed to speak for themselves.

I watched this for the first time only a few years back, along with my brother, my usual partner in film-crime, and as experienced disaster watchers we were both blown away by it.

The contemptuous reaction to “the kid” bookends the interference between Lawson and Jill: we as viewers are positioned to see both the assumptions, and how wrong those assumptions are. I think you can genuinely call this a breakthrough film in terms of its attitude towards Lawson. The scene between Laurie and Lawson is just one brief moment amongst all the chaos, and yet it’s absolutely loaded with implications.

When you consider that people at the time would have been fully aware of the ship’s war-service, as well as its actions as a rescue ship, you can understand that reaction to the indignities heaped upon it. We’re lucky we’re at a distance that lets us just enjoy it!

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I had just added this to my collection, rewatched it, and was reading your original review of it on the old site last night. *laughs*

While my first love may be space battles, one of my secondary ones is a good ship disaster movie. I had just seen a clip browsing YouTube from Posiden Adventure and that what reminded me about this movie and had me pick it back up.

Of course, once I realized this was all being shot on an actual ship and the history behind it I loved it even more. I know some people complained about the treatment of a grand old lady of the sea but I think of it more as her getting a chance to shine as a movie star before passing on.

I particularly noted Woody Strode’s performance and how his character was played not only as an equal but as a crucial character throughout the story. Really outstanding for the time.

Yes, as per comments above, this is a remarkable film in a number of ways. And we can certainly try the movie star argument, though I can tell you for a fact that there’s an indignant crowd of ocean liner buffs out there who ain’t buying it… 😀

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It’s depressing in these disaster films how often the decision is made not to inform the passengers (or public) of the problem, because that will only make things worse. It’s also depressing how often this has been proved a correct decision in real life. People don’t respond to emergencies well.

It depends upon the kind of disaster.

If people think there’s a chance to save themselves they often do stampede and the hell with anyone else; but if it’s a situation where they can’t do anything for themselves, for example in a plane, they tend conversely to go very quiet and still.

After my discussion with Shei re: Zombie , this is another interesting variant on ‘fight or flight’, wherein we find humans mimicking prey animals: hunkering down motionless in the hope that the predator, in this case the plane, doesn’t “see” them.

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That shot of the engine room, tlv60-engine2b, shows why it was such a good idea to use a location. A low-budget film made in a studio would build some steps and stick a couple of dials on the wall; a high-budget film would go for something flashy but wrong. But if you’ve spent even a little time in engine rooms, or even watched video about them, you can recognise the chaos that looks like the real thing.

Yes, it one of those situations where the falseness of most production design gets exposed.

As I’ve pointed out before, all the Stones’ films have this visually distinct quality about them because of their inside-and-out location shooting (the use of a real plane in Julie is a similar example).

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The Ile de France was still treated better than the Normandie…..

https://seanmunger.com/2015/02/09/a-testament-to-human-stupidity-the-sad-fate-of-the-s-s-normandie/

Thank you for bringing that to my attention, I wasn’t aware of the details.

Not that we’re exactly short on ‘testaments to human stupidity’…

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I remembered the movie and reading the Life Magazine article at the time. I was a precocious 9 year old with advanced reading skills. I remember one of the bits in the article, that Dorothy Malone’s false eyelashes kept coming off. I even looked up the SS Ile De France in my town’s library. I particularly liked the cutting torch scene, as my father had been a welder during WWII and had invented automatic welding in the early 1950s, so we learned to weld on daddy’s knee. I later developed a fascination for marine engineering and am now an environmental engineer. I recently bought the film on Amazon Prime and saw it, again, after 60 years. It is interesting to see how many Japanese extras are seen among the passengers. Coincidently, I was talking with a wealthy family friend, who told me that he and his wife sailed on The Ile De France in 1957 for their 20th anniversary. The best recollection was that “you could have a whole can of Beluga caviar- as much as you wanted.”

Thank you very much for visiting and for adding those reminiscences and details, John. Yes, Dorothy’s eyelashes are a tiny false note but they don’t do too much damage in context. It would have been nice to have a Japanese character or too, but at least there is plenty of ground-breaking going on in other directions.

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While a student at USC Cinema, Andrew Stone brought this film to the school for a screening with Q&A afterward. He told how the final plunge was filmed — I thought you might enjoy having the particulars. Stone said he wanted to actually sink the ship, or at least come darn close to sinking it. But as you mention, the salvage company balked. Stone also said that the Japanese government objected. His solution? Railroad tracks were laid out into the ocean from the beach in Santa Monica, and the starboard boat deck was recreated on flatbed rail cars. As the rig rolled out into the water, it gave the effect of the ship sinking deeper. If you watch the bulkheads closely you can see them flex, presumably from the rail cars wobbling on the underwater track. It’s actually a very clever solution, though in reality, it would be nearly impossible for a ship to sink at such a shallow angle on an even keel. But I doubt if that would cross the minds of viewers at that point in the movie — they were probably more intent on biting their nails!

Oh, brilliant! Thank you so much for that.

No, there is no point in this film where you’re having those sorts of quibbling thoughts (and as we all know, I’m a great quibbler!). The whole thing is amazingly well-executed, even if how it got that way makes our hair stand on end. 😀

Oh — and the water pouring in through the dining room portholes was accomplished using fireboats with water canons…

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During one of her last scheduled crossings, the Claridon , a huge, old luxury liner, has a fire break out in her boiler room. The fire soon spreads to a dining room, but although some of the officers want to alert the passengers to the potential danger of the situation, Capt. Robert Adams insists that they act as though nothing has happened. Meanwhile, Cliff and Laurie Henderson and their young daughter Jill are enjoying their first ocean voyage, a trip occasioned by Cliff's job transfer to Tokyo. The fire is put out, but the next day, crew members notice that boiler pressure has greatly increased and that because of the fire, several safety valves have been fused shut. Chief Engineer Pringle orders the crew members out of the boiler room, knowing that if he is unable to release the safety valves, the resulting explosion will lead to his death. As he strains to pry open a valve, a huge explosion rips through the boiler room and many of the decks situated above it, killing Pringle and several passengers. Laurie is pinned beneath a fallen steel beam that Cliff is unable to move, and little Jill finds herself trapped on the far side of their cabin. While trying to rescue her, Cliff nearly falls through the gaping hole in the cabin floor. On the bridge, the captain ignores the warnings of First Officer Osborne and decides that as long as the bulkhead holds, the passengers are in no danger. Cliff eventually rescues his terrified daughter, and as the captain finally sends out an S.O.S., he leaves his trapped wife to find help. Cliff tries to locate an acetylene torch with which he may free his wife, but the crew members are too occupied with the task of shoring up the bulkhead to be of any help. Eventually Cliff encounters Hank Lawson, a black member of the boiler room crew. Hank agrees to help Cliff, but they are unable to locate an acetylene torch. The bulkhead finally blows apart, and a number of Second Engineer Walsh's men are killed. Laurie tries to convince Cliff to take Jill and get off the ship, but although he agrees to put the child on a lifeboat, he insists on remaining by his wife's side. When Laurie learns that the ship is being abandoned, she asks Hank to help her commit suicide, but he refuses. Hank finally puts Jill, who is screaming wildly for her mother, on a lifeboat, asking the passengers to send a torch back after the approaching Hawaiian fishing boat picks them up. Capt. Adams orders Walsh to help Cliff, but the engineer, whose father died on the Titanic , decides to save his trapped men instead. Walsh accuses the captain of sacrificing lives in order to secure his own promotion, because he knows that if the ship had reached its destination intact, the captain would have been proclaimed a hero. The accusation breaks the captain, and he retreats to his office, where he is killed by a falling smokestack. As water fills Laurie's cabin, the lifeboat returns with the acetylene torch, and Hank, Walsh and Cliff begin to cut through the metal that has pinned her to the floor. She is freed just as the water covers her head. They all then reach the upper deck just as the ship is slipping under. After climbing into the lifeboat, Cliff extends his hand to Hank, declaring, "This is one guy I'm going to help aboard personally!"

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Joel marston, george furness, richard norris, andrew hughes, marshall kent, robert martin, bill wilson, tammy marihugh, esther maloney, robert bonning, cmdr. francis douglas fain usn (ret.), a. j. lohman, philip n. mitchell, rudy schrager, virginia l. stone, harrold a. weinberger.

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This is one guy I'm gonna help aboard personally! - Cliff Henderson

The ship used by the filmmakers was the S.S. Ile de France, the famous French liner which cruised the Atlantic from 1926 to 1959. She was leased for $4,000 a day. After shooting completed, she was re-floated (having been partially sunk for the film) and was towed to the scrap yard.

According to maritime historian William J. Miller, the famed French Line was so horrified that their former flagship would be used in such a way that they demanded that the Ile de France's name be removed from the ship's bow and that in no way would any references be made to the French Line.

Voice-over narration is heard at the beginning of the film describing the "last voyage" of the Claridon , an older vessel soon to be sent to the scrapyard. Andrew L. Stone's onscreen credit reads: "Written and Directed by Andrew L. Stone." Harrold A. Weinberger's onscreen credit reads: "Assistant Director & Production Manager...Harrold A. Weinberger."        According to a January 1959 Daily Variety news item, the film was originally to have been shot in CinemaScope, off the coast of England. Reviews and news items noted that the film was photographed almost entirely in the Sea of Japan, off Osaka, using the retired French luxury liner Île de France . Fearing negative publicity, the French company that built the liner initially attempted to block Stone's purchase of the ship, but finally acquiesced when M-G-M agreed to change the name of the vessel and not publicize the sale. During filming, Stone blew up the interior of the ship piece by piece, flooded parts of it and toppled one smokestack.        The Variety review noted that in addition to the real setting, natural sound and natural lighting were used in the picture. According to a January 1960 Hollywood Reporter news item, the crew was forced to shoot the final lifeboat scene in Santa Monica, CA, because there were too many poisonous jellyfish in the Sea of Japan. The same item claimed that the film's story was based, in part, on the real-life experiences of a woman passenger on ocean liner Andrea Doria , which sank off the coast of Cape Cod in July 1956. The Île de France had been one of the rescue ship for passengers of the ill-fated Andrea Doria .        The Last Voyage received an Academy Award nomination for Best Special Effects, but lost to The Time Machine . Child actress Tammy Marihugh, a regular on the television program The Bob Cummings Show , made her screen acting debut in the film. The Last Voyage marked the third pairing of stars Dorothy Malone and Robert Stack, whose previous pictures were Tarnished Angels and Written on the Wind (see below). Malone's mother, Esther Maloney, appears in the picture as a boat passenger, according to studio publicity material.

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The Last Voyage (1960) – A Review

A review of the 1960 disaster film The Last Voyage about the sinking of a cruise ship starring Robert Stack, Dorothy Malone, Edmond O’Brien and Woody Strobe

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Cliff Henderson (Robert Stack), wife Laurie (Dorothy Malone) and daughter Jill (Tammy Marihugh) are enjoying a leisurely cruise onboard the SS Claridon headed to Japan. They expect to wile away the days by playing bingo, watching puppet shows and to get in some romantic dancing between Cliff and Laurie.

Trouble erupts when an explosion in the engine room cripples the Claridon and she begins to take on more water than the pumps can handle. Laurie gets pinned under debris and now Cliff is on a frantic mission to save her.

Panic begins to erupt all over the ship. The ships engineer (Edmond O’Brien) and his team fruitlessly attempt to buy more time and make repairs, but it dawns on him it’s a hopeless situation. As the water levels begin to rise the stubborn captain (George Sanders) is unconvinced of his ships fate and to make it a priority to get the passengers into lifeboats.

But it becomes increasingly clear to everyone onboard there isn’t much time to survive on the sinking Claridon.  

The Last Voyage is one of those earlier precursor’s of the 1970’s disaster craze. Watching it you can’t help but see similarities between it and   The Poseidon Adventure . It makes me wonder if Irwin Allen took inspiration from it before he set out to make his sinking disaster epic.

Stack is very good as he runs around trying to get help from anyone and trying to think of any way to free his wife. Frustration mounts as he’s turned away or ignored completely by the ships crew who are dealing with the flooding. Tension amps up waiting to see what he will do next.

O’Brien is such a reliable character actor whenever he shows up and once again he delivers a strong supporting performance. Barking orders and yelling at anyone within earshot. And Sanders is such a stubborn fool at some points you just want to slap him.

While watching it I was very impressed with the sets. The damaged engine room, the huge flooding dinner hall, the passengers scrambling on deck for lifeboats. I kept thinking, ‘wow this all looks really, really good. A lot of this doesn’t look like it was filmed on soundstages’.

It wasn’t until after watching it and looking up information about the movie I learned   The Last Voyage was filmed on a real ship that was scheduled to be scrapped. It was leased by the studio and director Andrew L. Stone partially flooded portions of it for his movie. Despite many trivia listings about the movie saying the ship was actually sunk for the filming – that’s not true. It was only partially sunk and after filming was completed it was taken away to the scrapyard.

There is a silly moment when one of the ships funnel collapses and it seems to come out of nowhere. It was like they figured it would be cool to do, but it doesn’t look very realistic that it would happen at that moment. But what the heck, that’s one quibble amongst a lot of effective flooding scenes. Some of its sequences put modern day over-the-top effect-laden disaster movies to shame.

I’m somewhat surprised the movie doesn’t get more talked about or given more attention. I found it a surprisingly good suspenseful film that has some splendid realistic effects. It’s well worth a watch for disaster movie fans.

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This movie does sound cool, I shall definitely keep it in mind! Good review! 🙂

I remember a shot of survivors exiting the ship as part of it was sinking. I think the door got submerged just as they went through it.

And I thought "Wow, that's a great shot." Most impressive since this was well before CGI.

I'm reminded of that story where Selznic wanted Alfred Hitchcock's American debut to be a movie about the Titanic. Couldn't do it because they couldn't find a ship to sink. But this movie gives us a taste of what could have been.

Caught this on cable a while back. Was into it primarily because of Woody Strode. After reading his biography, I was interested in the films he acted in besides "Spartacus" and "Once Upon a Time in the West."

This was a well-made, enjoyable flick with great performances all-around. Thanks for reviewing this.

I do seem to remember the initial explosion, and what is an obvious dummy in a ball gown going flying up in the air in a most dummy-like way. That, and the aggravating little girl are what i remember about this movie.

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The Last Voyage (1960)

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Decades before James Cameron sank the Titanic and twelve years before Irwin Allen took us on The Poseidon Adventure , writer/director Andrew L. Stone took a pioneering step into the disaster film genre. While Cameron and Allen certainly had more pyrotechnics at their disposal, Stone does a remarkable job utilizing a real luxury liner and building suspense throughout The Last Voyage ‘s brisk 91-minute run-time. In the second shot of the movie, the captain is informed of a fire in the engine room, and the disaster only grows from there.

Stone also predates Allen’s proclivity for all-star casts. George Sanders ( All About Eve ) plays the ship’s captain, reluctant to cause any alarm among the ship’s guests until it’s almost too late. Robert Stack ( Unsolved Mysteries ) spends the entire movie trying to rescue his wife, Dorothy Malone ( Written on the Wind ), from a pile of collapsed steel and wood. If Sanders and Malone aren’t enough Oscar glory for you, the film also stars Edmond O’Brien ( The Barefoot Contessa ) as the beleaguered ship’s engineer. Woody Strode is memorable as an engine room worker who proves invaluable to Stack’s rescue operation.

Without a budget to offer more special or visual effects, the screenplay relies a bit too much on ‘running here’ and ‘running there’ to find things or to ask the captain a question. But if you had to make a disaster movie on a budget, at a time when they weren’t yet a proven sub-genre, you probably couldn’t do much better than The Last Voyage . And in what other movie will you ever get to see Robert Stack dodge a falling grand piano?

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The agonising tensions that go with the death struggles of a sinking luxury liner are presented with stark realism in  The Last Voyage. 

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Later, a bulkhead blows and the sea sweeps in.

In the meantime, passenger Laurie Henderson (Dorothy Malone) has been trapped under a heavy piece of steel in her stateroom.

The blast has ripped upwards through the decks, leaving her little daughter Jill (Tammy Marihugh) in a precarious position on a shallow ledge above the yawning hole.

Husband and father Cliff Henderson (Robert Stack) is driven to harrowing physical and mental tortures in his frenzied hurry to save his wife and child, and the confused and disorderly action of the crew trying to save the ship hampers and maddens Cliff.

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Such is the hectic pace of the film that the cast appear near physical exhaustion by the end.

George Sanders is impressive as Captain Robert Adams, a skipper of the old school who seeks to save the ship at any cost, and orders the Claridon to continue its course despite the fire down below.

The skipper makes mistake after mistake in a haughty manner, refusing to listen to subordinates who understand better than he what is in store for the ship and crew – key amongst them, Second Engineer Walsh (Edmond O’Brien) whose father perished on the Titanic.

Stack and Malone are also impressive, but the honours must go to little red-haired Tammy Marihugh, a marvellous child actress in a tight spot.

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She pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter and in September 1997, was found guilty but given probation. She eventually remarried (happily) until her death in 2020, aged 68.

The Last Voyage is beautifully filmed in Metrocolor and the producing team of Andrew and Virginia Stone insisted on such realism that they leased a recently retired ship – a French liner called the SS Ile de France – about to be salvaged, set fire to it, blew it up and finally sank it at Japanese salvage docks.

Cliff Henderson Robert Stack Laurie Henderson Dorothy Malone Captain Robert Adams George Sanders Second Engineer Walsh Edmond O’Brien Hank Lawson Woody Strode Chief Engineer Pringle Jack Kruschen Third Officer Ragland Joel Marston Third Officer Osborne George Furness 3rd Engineer Cole Richard Norris Quartermaster Marshall Kent Radio Operator Andrew Hughes 2nd Mate Mace Robert Martin Jill Henderson Tammy Marihugh

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The S. S. Claridon is scheduled for her five last voyages after thirty-eight years of service. After an explosion in the boiler room, Captain Robert Adams is reluctant to evacuate the steamship. While the crew fights to hold a bulkhead between the flooded boiler room and the engine room and avoid the sinking of the vessel, the passenger Cliff Henderson struggles against time trying to save his beloved wife Laurie Henderson, who is trapped under a steel beam in her cabin, with the support of the crew member Hank Lawson.

Robert Stack Dorothy Malone George Sanders Edmond O'Brien Woody Strode Jack Kruschen Joel Marston George Furness Marshall Kent Andrew Hughes Tammy Marihugh Richard Norris

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Andrew L. Stone

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Virginia L. Stone Andrew L. Stone

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Harrold Weinberger

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Robert Bonnig

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theironcupcake

Review by theironcupcake ★★★★★ 17

”Come on, fellas, get some beef into it!”

Women Film Editors #136: Virginia L. Stone

This past August, I had a delightful time recording an episode of the Watch This List podcast with Amy to discuss some of my favorite disaster movies, hence the title taken from a line uttered by The Towering Inferno's Steve McQueen: It’s Out of Control and It’s Coming Your Way. Listen here or watch here!

Of course, I must say it's also special to shine a spotlight on Andrew L. Stone’s The Last Voyage (note: my more in-depth previous review ), which might not be nearly so great without the expert editing contributed by his wife, Virginia L. Stone, who cut the action down to a…

Amy Hensarling

Review by Amy Hensarling ★★★★ 35

It’s Jetta Weinstein Day on Watch This List !

It is my absolute pleasure to present today’s very special episode covering my dear friend Jetta’s top 5 favorite disaster movies. Been working nonstop to release this to you all a *whole week* early (a first!), and I couldn’t be more pleased. She’s my first female guest in the show’s longest episode to date worth every second. We have a total blast, and I hope you do, too.

Audio’s  here and video’s here for Episode 7: It’s Out of Control and It’s Coming Your Way . Please also check out Jetta’s lovely monthly film club and join us in the fun. 

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Review by 📀 Cammmalot 📀 ★★★ 1

Robert Stack’s Poseidon Adventure

”Oh boy, I wish we could live on this boat forever and ever”

Before the opening credits can even finish an Ocean Liner catches fire and proceeds cause havoc for another 90 minutes as Robert Stack does everything he can to save his trapped wife.

The filmmakers used an actual French luxury liner that had been sold to a scrapyard which makes for some pretty outstanding Oscar nominated effects as they blow real cabins and engine rooms all to hell.

Of course the end is a bit preposterous, but overall it’s a decent disaster flick with some great looking sets and a bizarre narrator who keeps jumping in with a cold detached running commentary. Thankfully, director…

Review by theironcupcake ★★★★★ 5

"My dad once shipped out with a skipper like this. A joker who only thought of breaking records and never inconveniencing the passengers... until it was too late." "What ship was that?" "The Titanic. "

I have never been able to resist a great disaster movie - or, come to think of it, any of the probably not actually great ones - and Andrew L. Stone's The Last Voyage is surely one of the best. How many times have I seen it? Five? Six? I've lost count, but one thing's for sure: it's a keeper.

Stone made plenty of taut, exciting thrillers in the decade leading up to this film, like The Night Holds Terror, Julie and Cry Terror!  - frequently collaborating…

AJ

Review by AJ ★★★½

From the Times contemporary review, ""Fire in the engine room!" These are the first words in this film, the first jab of what turns out to be the most violently overstimulating experience of the new year in cinema: an attempt by two shrewd shock merchants, Andrew and Virginia Stone (Julie, Cry Terror!) to give the mass audience a continuous, 91-minute injection of adrenaline."

The critic isn't credited on the wayback machine's article, but I deeply want to go back and show this critic Terminator 2 or Audition or Mad Max Fury Road and watch their head explode.

Thank you Jetta for the Dorothy Malone recommend (and of course the Watch this List episode where it pops up!)! I've been waiting…

Bill the Thrill

Review by Bill the Thrill ★★★★

An underrated disaster film with a star studded cast, The Last Voyage is up there with the absolute best the genre has to offer. It would make a terrific double bill with The Poseidon Adventure.

Paul D

Review by Paul D ★★★½

Having never seen Titanic , I can't say how long it takes to get past all the character stuff, to the interesting bits. I can, however, tell you how long The Last Voyage takes, two minutes. That's right, we're two minutes in when Captain George Sanders, who is glad-handing his way around his passengers, when he's interrupted by the news that a fire has broken out down below.

He greets this information with what might be described as calm stoicism, that is until you realise that it's not calmness we're witnessing, but simply a pig-headed refusal to accept the inevitable. So while he blithely ignores the pleas of his officers, it's poor old Second Engineer Edmond O'Brien who has to do…

doppelgangerdev

Review by doppelgangerdev ★★★★

DISASTER ROULETTE - vol. II Feels way ahead of its time for 1960 in terms effects and even somewhat progressive racial dynamics. Can't image what an audience then thought of Robert Stack handing over his kid to Woody Strode. It's poster sells it true. The Last Voyage is a fast paced, very well made the ship is sinking thriller. Not wasting a second we pretty much kick off with the issues in motion below. All while passengers carry on none the wiser. At least until a violent explosion rips through the ship and the chaos really begins.

Great characters coming together in a pinch to help save others. I mean the main focus is Stack trying to free his wife whose pinned beneath a steel wall. He's gotta trek all over the ship for two big, heavy ass tanks for welding all while the water rises. This is the kind of heroics and spectacle I wanna see in movies again.

PacificNil

Review by PacificNil ★★★★★

"Höllenfahrt" ist ein Film um eine fiktive Schiffskatastrophe, die bereits während der Anfangscredits einsetzt und dem Zuschauer vor Action und Suspense kaum eine Atempause gönnt. Da kann "Die Höllenfahrt der Poseidon" (Neame 1973) ebenso einpacken, wie fast jeder andere Katastrophenfilm bis 1997 Camerons "Titanic" kam und ähnlich packende Katastrophenszenarien bot. Ein Meisterwerk der Spannung!

AirSabe

Review by AirSabe ★★★

I can appreciate a disaster movie that begins and ends at just the right moment without showing any more than needed on either end. I also appreciate how the film was shot on location on an actual ship. This allowed for some great shots of the crew looking across the deck of the sinking ship, including a great tracking shot where you can see the water rushing over the railings. There are two parallel stories going on: one on the bridge as they try to make the best decisions and one with a passenger trapped under debris. Both of these storylines have their moments but they also don't feel very dynamic and started to drag towards the middle. I can't…

Rick Burin

Review by Rick Burin ★

A dismal sinking-liner disaster movie, with Dorothy Malone spending almost the entire film trapped under a cabinet.

It's loud, one-note and conspicuously lacking in suspense until right near the end, though I liked that one neat, vertigo-inducing overhead image (which is then excessively employed) and the sudden discovery of some lovely backwards tracking shots as the water finally overwhelms the deck. The majority of this was filmed for real on the SS Île de France, just prior to its scrapping, and it's unwittingly poignant to see the legendary, still handsome ship being vandalised and ultimately sunk.

I also love an 'and introducing' credit featuring someone who was then never heard from again, in this case perma-wailing child star, Tammy Marihugh.…

Morgan

Review by Morgan ★★

babygirl you are NOT the poseidon adventure!!

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The Last Voyage is a 1960 Metrocolor American disaster film written and directed by Andrew L. Stone. It stars Robert Stack , Dorothy Malone , George Sanders and Edmond O'Brien .

This film features examples of:

  • Anyone Can Die : Unlike modern disaster epics, this is mostly averted; the only really unexpected death in the entire movie is the Captain, crushed by a falling funnel.
  • Chekhov's Gunman : The unnamed teenaged passenger who tries to help Cliff free the trapped Laurie. He's initially just someone to cover some ground that Cliff can't do himself to show that they can't find a torch to free Laurie and then leave once things get hopeless. Then, at the end of the movie, he shows up in a lifeboat coming from the rescue ship with an acetylene torch, having alerted them to Laurie's struggles just in time to save her.
  • Death by Materialism : Downplayed, but Captain Adams is crushed by a falling smokestack while trying to retrieve the ship's logbook and other papers during a frantic evacuation.
  • Driven to Suicide : Laurie attempts to cut her wrists when she thinks there is no hope of rescue before she drowns. She's unable to go through with it.
  • Fight to Survive : The SS Claridon suffers a boiler explosion that damages the ship so much that it begins to sink. One passenger is trapped in her cabin by a falling beam and her husband and a crewman must cut her free before the ship goes under.
  • Flawless Token : Lawson is the only prominent African-American character and might be the bravest, most levelheaded character in the movie.
  • Hyper-Competent Sidekick : While Captain Adams has some Reasonable Authority Figure moments, First Officer Osborne reacts to the boiler explosion more quickly and decisively than his superior.
  • Ignored Expert : Another aversion from later disaster movies. The captain is guilty of over-caution at times, but he does order the evacuation in time to save the passengers and (most) of the crew.
  • The Last Title : The Last Voyage .
  • No Antagonist : Nobody is behaving villainously; the ship they are on is simply old and thus at much higher risk for critical failures.
  • No Name Given : The young passenger who tries to help Cliff free Laurie in the first act is unnamed.
  • Outrun the Fireball : Averted, as the film goes for suspense far more than for action sequences.
  • Primal Fear : Laurie, as the water begins to rise around her, faces drowning slowly and alone.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure : The Captain, quite unlike many other shipboard examples of this trope. He is slow to react to the unfolding disaster, but he listens to his crew and when it becomes obvious the ship is doomed, orders everyone to evacuate. Nearly all of them make it off the boat safely. But not him.
  • Retirony : Captain Adams is on his last sailing voyage before being promoted to commodore of the line, and the trope is played straight when he dies at the end of the movie.
  • Sinking Ship Scenario : The film centers on the sinking of an aged ocean liner in the Pacific Ocean following an explosion in the boiler room.
  • Too Dumb to Live : The Chief Engineer decides, with steam pouring out a dozen different cracks in the stricken boiler, to start whacking the stuck safety value atop it to try and open it. He blows himself to Ludicrous Gibs instead.
  • Trash the Set : The reason the movie has such realistic effects of the cruise ship sinking is simple: the producers really did sink a ship, the The SS Île de France
  • Ur-Example : One of them. Though preceded by A Night to Remember as the first major disaster epic, it took a very different course then a lot of what was to follow.
  • Walking Shirtless Scene : Lawson is the most muscular character in the movie and sheds his shirt while working to aid in the rescue and damage control efforts.
  • What Happened to the Mouse? : The last scene of the plucky Second Engineer Walsh - a fairly important character in the story - is jumping overboard and swimming away when the ship enters its final death throes.
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The Last Voyage (1960) – Review

Welcome aboard the S.S. Claridon and its voyage into the cinematic genre of the disaster film, an entry that will have you holding onto your life jacket and trying not to get seasick. Directed by Andrew L. Stone, this movie tells the tale of a luxurious ocean liner that sinks after a fire erupts in the engine room. And boy, does it sink like the Titanic on steroids!

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With The Last Voyage , director Andrew L. Stone expertly builds tension from the opening scenes as he economically introduces us to the passengers and crew of the S.S. Claridon while they embark on what should be a routine voyage from New York to Europe, only nothing is routine on a ship as old and as past its prime as the Claridon and when a fire breaks out in the ship’s engine room, the Claridon is set on a collision course with disaster. What follows is a gripping and harrowing tale of survival, as the passengers and crew fight to escape the sinking vessel.

This movie wastes no time, the fire breaks out during the opening credits.

The plot follows the events surrounding the S.S. Claridon’s sinking through a variety of characters, there is Captain Robert Adams ( George Sanders ), who refuses to accept the extent of danger his ship is in because it could impact his promotion to Commodore of the Fleet and puts off notifying the passengers of the danger and waiting to launch lifeboats long after it was prudent, then we have Second Engineer Walsh ( Edmond O’Brien ) who, along with his valiant men belowdecks, do their best to shore up the bulkheads to slow down the flooding and many of them pay with their lives as they fight the rushing water, and finally, there are passengers Cliff ( Robert Stack ) and Laurie Henderson ( Dorothy Malone ) and their daughter Jill ( Tammy Marihugh ) who have a rough time of it when the boilers blow and rip a massive hole up through several decks including their stateoom, which results in Laurie being trapped under a steel beam and Jill stuck on the other side of the cabin, separated by a gaping maw.

This is a tense and nail-biting scene.

Stray Observations: • The S.S. Claridon has only five more crossings before going to the scrapyard, which is equivalent to a cop announcing he’s three months away from retirement, so its sinking should be a surprise to no one. • When the Captain finally gives the order to send out an SOS, the radio operator gets the name of the ship wrong twice . That anyone was saved is truly a miracle. • The bulk of the sinking was handled using impressive practical effects and only a few optical composites of the ship slowing sinking, unfortunately, for the final plunge they decided to use black and white footage that one can only assume was from an earlier Titanic movie. • The rescue of Mrs. Henderson was based on the real-life attempted rescue of Mrs. Martha Peterson by her husband and a crew member aboard the sinking of the Andrea Doria , sadly, unlike her Hollywood counterpart, Martha Peterson did not survive.

Hollywood wasn’t about to break up this happy family.

The film’s visual effects are nothing short of spectacular, with scenes of the ship listing precariously and water pouring into the decks creating a palpable sense of danger, but what really sets this film apart is its attention to detail as every aspect of the ship and its sinking is painstakingly recreated, from the flooding engine room to the tilting decks this is unlike any disaster films of this era. The Last Voyage doesn’t rely on cheap thrills or over-the-top action sequences to keep the audience engaged, instead, it’s a slow burn that steadily builds to a heart-stopping climax where you really have no idea who will live and who will die. And if the sinking looks a little too good that is because they actually sunk a ship. Robert Stack recalled, “No special effects for Andy (the director) he actually planned to destroy a liner and photograph the process” and this no holds barred approach resulted in a truly amazing movie.

It’s hard to top reality.

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Overall, this is a thrilling disaster film that still holds up today. Director Andrew L. Stone expertly builds tension and suspense throughout the film, and the cast delivers some truly standout performances. If you’re a fan of classic disaster movies, The Last Voyage is not to be missed.

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The Last Voyage is a 1960 American disaster film written and directed by Andrew L. Stone. It stars Robert Stack and Dorothy Malone. The screenplay centers on the sinking of an aged ocean liner in the Pacific Ocean following an explosion in the boiler room. There are some plot similarities to the disaster involving the Italian liner SS Andrea Doria, which sank after a collision four years earlier.

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Directed by: Andrew L. Stone

Starring: George Sanders , Robert Stack , Edmond O'Brien , Dorothy Malone

Genres: Drama

Revealing mistake : When Henderson and his wife are walking on the upper deck before jumping off, you can not see any of the superstructure above them that should be visible.

Other mistake : When passengers are supposed to be panicking on the deck of the ship, there is a woman close to the camera who is obviously enjoying herself immensely.

Factual error : Considering the list of the ship (how far it's tilted in the water), its not until they make it to the upper deck that the passengers start acting as if the ship is tilting. Before they get to the top, they are walking normally, and the water is perfectly level with the floor.

Revealing mistake : In the final shots when the ship is sinking and Henderson and his wife are walking up the deck before jumping off, you can see the walls wobble as its not a real ship but a set.

Continuity mistake : When the boiler explodes, Robert Stack runs into his daughter's bedroom, looks down the big hole and the cabin below has nobody in it. He tries to save his daughter and the camera angle shows someone lying on the floor next to the hole. Looks down for the third time, and the person lying on the floor is gone again.

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    The Last Voyage is a 1960 Metrocolor American disaster film starring Robert Stack, Dorothy Malone, George Sanders, and Edmond O'Brien . It was written and directed by Andrew L. Stone. [5] [6] The film centers on the sinking of an aged ocean liner in the Pacific Ocean following an explosion in its boiler room.

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    The Last Voyage: Directed by Andrew L. Stone. With Robert Stack, Dorothy Malone, George Sanders, Edmond O'Brien. After a boiler explosion aboard an aging ocean liner, a man struggles to free his injured wife from the wreckage of their cabin and ensure the safety of their four-year-old daughter as the ship begins to sink.

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    Facts > By Film > The Last Voyage > By Topic By Person By Film. The Last Voyage. According to maritime historian William J. Miller, the famed French Line was so horrified that their former flagship would be used in such a way that they demanded that the Ile de France's name be removed from the ship's bow and that in no way would any references ...

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    Last Voyage, The (1960) The agonising tensions that go with the death struggles of a sinking luxury liner are presented with stark realism in. The crew of the is trying desperately to quell a fire in the engine room after a boiler has exploded. Later, a bulkhead blows and the sea sweeps in. In the meantime, passenger Laurie Henderson (Dorothy ...

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    The Last Voyage. The Last Voyage is a 1960 Metrocolor American disaster film written and directed by Andrew L. Stone. It stars Robert Stack, Dorothy Malone, George Sanders and Edmond O'Brien. The SS Claridonnote is an old ship that is scheduled to be scrapped after just a few more voyages. Cliff (Stack) and Laurie Henderson (Malone), alongside ...

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    The S. S. Claridon is scheduled for her five last voyages after thirty-eight years of service. After an explosion in the boiler room, Captain Robert Adams (George Sanders) is reluctant to evacuate the steamship. While the crew fights to hold a bulkhead between the flooded boiler room and the engine room and avoid the sinking of the vessel, the passenger Cliff Henderson (Robert Stack) struggles ...

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    What is 'The Last Voyage' about? When a fire breaks out in the boiler room of the SS Claridon, a 38-year old luxury liner on its way from California to Japan and just five trips from the scrapyard, the crew quickly puts out the fire. However, the heat has fused shut several safety valves, resulting in a huge explosion that rips through the ...

  17. The Last Voyage

    The Last Voyage ★★½ 1960. Suspenseful disaster film in which Stack and Malone play a married couple in jeopardy while on an ocean cruise. To make the film more realistic, the French liner Ile de France was actually used in the sinking scenes. Although a bit farfetched, film is made watchable because of fine performances and excellent ...

  18. The Last Voyage (1960)

    With The Last Voyage, director Andrew L. Stone expertly builds tension from the opening scenes as he economically introduces us to the passengers and crew of the S.S. Claridon while they embark on what should be a routine voyage from New York to Europe, only nothing is routine on a ship as old and as past its prime as the Claridon and when a fire breaks out in the ship's engine room, the ...

  19. The Last Voyage (1960)

    The Last Voyage. The ship used by the filmmakers was the SS Ile de France, the famous French liner that cruised the Atlantic from 1926-59. She was leased for $4,000 a day. After shooting completed, she was re-floated (having been partially sunk for the film) and towed to the scrap yard. She has a more heroic place in history, however.

  20. The Last Voyage (1960)

    Find trailers, reviews, synopsis, awards and cast information for The Last Voyage (1960) - Andrew L. Stone on AllMovie - Robert Stack and Dorothy Malone are Cliff and…

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    Wuchakk 9 April 2015. "The Last Voyage" is an American disaster film written and directed by Andrew L. Stone and released in 1960. Robert Stack and Dorothy Malone star as a couple traveling on the SS Claridon en route to Japan with their Shirley Temple-like daughter.