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Cliff Henderson and his family are traveling aboard the SS Claridon en route to Japan. The Claridon is an old ship, on its last voyage before heading to the scrap heap. An explosion in the engine room weakens the hull and the ship is now taking on more water than the bilge pumps can deal with. The Captain seems to have difficulty accepting that his ship will sink. Henderson’s wife Laurie is severely injured and trapped under a fallen beam. While the men in the engine room work frantically to shore up the hull, Henderson tries to free his wife from the wreckage with the help of one of the crew, Hank Lawson.

Also Known As: Die letzte Fahrt der Claridon, Viimeinen risteily, A Última Viagem, Panique à bord, Ostatnia podróz, Son Yolculuk, The Last Voyage, Die letzte Fahrt der Claridon West, Sista kryssningen, Az utolsó utazás, Höllenfahrt, Последнее путешествие Soviet, S.O.S. 'Claridon' synker, Ultima călătorie, La crociera del terrore, Höllenfahrt West, Taxeidi horis gyrismo, El último viaje, O Grande Naufrágio

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  • phil
    phil

    That’s the first time I ever saw a fire in a confined space and there was no smoke or the objects burning were not consumed.none of the men are coughing the exstinguishers were making more smoke.

  • barbro-skold
    barbro skold

    Though it preceded the hit ’72 film by twelve years, “The Last Voyage” could have served as the basis for Irwin Allen’s “The Poseidon Adventure.” Starring Robert Stack (who would later become a household name as “Elliott Ness” on TV’s “The Untouchables”), Dorothy Malone (later to be the star of television’s adaptation of “Peyton Place”), movie legends George Sanders, Edmond O’Brien, and Woody Strode, the film is a tightly-woven story of survival in the face of adversity.The real shipboard locations, thrilling pyrotechnics, and believable set pieces, along with the brilliant portrayals by the cast, make this one-of-a-kind-for-its-time-movie worth viewing.It has a few slow moments and the musical score is not as dynamic as it should be for a film of this type; however, it ranks up there with “The Poseidon Adventure,” “Titanic” (1953), and James Cameron’s mammoth Oscar-winner, as one of the most memorable trapped-at-sea dramas.

  • nicole-massey
    nicole massey

    The first time I saw “The Last Voyage” was on TV ,as a wee boy, and I was impressed then. I have only recently bought the film on DVD and I am still just as – if not even more than – impressed with this film. Sure its got its faults. Sure some of the characters are a wee bit wooden and some of the dialogue a bit unrealistic but the fact the film was, in the most part, filmed on board the French liner “Ile de France” (1922) makes it very realistic. When you consider the mega millions spent making “Titanic”(1997) I figure The “Last Voyage” stands up very well. There’s no dramatic music as the ship sinks (as in Cameron’s Titanic)… The drama is already there – you really do get the impression that a “real” ship is really sinking… George Sanders is excellent as the foolishly stubborn captain who insists “the Claridon is not going to sink” when his officers, and of course the viewers, know only too well it will sink. Its a pity such a fine ship as Ile de France met such an undignified end but, at least, some of the film, captures and preserves the beauty of her art deco interiors. To summarise then….Its a good, dramatic and, relatively, realistic drama. And a tribute to a great ship…

  • tobias-moen
    tobias moen

    Back in the days before “Titanic,” 3D and CGI — 1960 to be precise — writer-director Andrew Stone decided there was only one way to make a disaster movie at sea. Obtain a real ocean liner and destroy it. The ship in question was the Ile De France which was headed for the scrap heap after three decades of trans-Atlantic service. And what a difference that legendary liner makes. The flooded engine room where chief engineer Edmond O’Brien tries to keep the ocean from crashing through a bulkhead is clearly the real thing. Probably hell to shoot in but full of authentic hardware that even the most gifted set designer would have been challenged to contrive. Same for the art deco dining salon where the ocean swamps the portholes. As the ship founders, several sub-plots play out, primarily Robert Stack’s desperate attempt to rescue wife Dorothy Malone, trapped beneath twisted metal and ambitious Captain George Sanders’ refusal to accept the reality of his vessel’s fate. Deduct one star for the aspiring Shirley Temple who plays a hysterical tyke. But otherwise the acting, particularly Sanders, O’Brien, Malone and Woody Strode as a muscular Samaritan, is terrific. If you haven’t seen “The Last Voyage,” take a look and recall those glorious days when people traveled by steamship and special effects weren’t computer-generated.

  • povilas-urbonas
    povilas urbonas

    If you watch THE LAST VOYAGE in 2005 you’ll be mistaken in thinking it’s a disaster movie with very poor production values . Truth be told the disaster movie genre as we know it started and ended sometime in the 1970s and it’s a genre unique to that era so I doubt if in 1960 the producers were expecting it to stand in comparison to later films like THE TOWERING INFERNO and EARTHQUAKE This is more of an action adventure melodrama and should be treated as such so don’t complain about this movie not having an all star cast or the rather cheap production values like the very obvious revealing mistake where the boiler explodes throwing some tailors dummies up into the air . You shouldn’t complain about that scene anyway since it’s the best bit of the movie and I always have a sadistic chuckle when I see it . Despite being rather clichéd the basic plot of a man trying to rescue his wife on a sinking ship is very compelling and I thoroughly enjoyed this movie which is miles better than the one with a woman called Rose saving a girlie man called Jack from a sinking ship

  • senn-van-der-veiver-hellevoort
    senn van der veiver hellevoort

    There’s a part of me that says that if you want to watch a movie about the dramatic sinking of an ocean liner and the fate of its passengers you could just watch any of the several versions of the Titanic story – some of which were already out in 1960 when “The Last Voyage” was made. They, while heavily dramatized, do have the advantage of being based on a real incident. But there was no “SS Claridon” (although some say that some aspects of this film were loosely based on the sinking of the SS Andrea Doria a few years earlier.) Without the factual basis, this movie depends on the story itself, and as it turns out the story is pretty good and becomes increasingly tense as it reaches its last 15-20 minutes. The movie opens with a fire in the ship’s engine room. So we get right into the drama; there’s no build up and no time spent introducing the characters. That initial fire is the beginning of a series of problems that make it clear that the Claridon is doomed; there’s no hope of saving it. You might wonder – if things are made clear that early – where the movie is going to go, and I admit that for the first bit I was wondering this myself. But the writers made a very good decision: rather than giving us a huge collection of revolving stories we basically were given just one – a woman (Dorothy Malone) who’s pinned in her cabin by debris after the explosions on board and who can’t get free, and her husband (Robert Stack) who’s desperately trying to save her as the water rises all around her. Throw in their daughter (played by an 8 year old Tammy Marihugh – who I thought was going to turn out to be an irritating child actor but who actually ended up putting on a pretty believable performance as the terrified child) and you have a series of sympathetic characters to root for, and you do empathize with their increasing desperation as things become more and more hopeless. You also have some tension in the crew that serves as a sort of backdrop, as the captain (George Sanders) seems reluctant to do very much at first, being more concerned with the ship (and a pending promotion) than with his passengers. I thought the performances were good all around. The special effects were also well done (the movie was nominated for a special effects Oscar) and even though this was made in 1960, this doesn’t really have a dated feeling at all – although the very last scene showing the Claridon going under looked completely fake. One weakness throughout I thought was the repeated use of narration by George Furness (who also played one of the ship’s officers who disagreed with the captain’s handling of the unfolding disaster.) While it sped the movie along by recounting in a few seconds what might have taken several scenes to establish it just didn’t seem to fit with the dramatic feel of the movie.This was clearly an early entry in what would become a familiar genre in the 1970’s: the disaster flick. Compared to most of those films this one stands up very well. It’s better than anything in the “Airport” series and although I liked “The Poseidon Adventure” it avoids becoming gimmicky (in the way that the capsized ship was a gimmick in that movie.) Anyone who became a fan of those later disaster movies really should give this one a chance. (7/10)

  • pierrina-kazantze
    pierrina kazantze

    The SS Claridon is an aging ocean liner overdue to be scrapped. A boiler room fire results in a violent explosion. The Captain refuses to evacuate the ship fearing a panic. Cliff (Robert Stack) and Laurie Henderson (Dorothy Malone) with their daughter Jill are traveling to Japan. Laurie gets trapped under some debris and Cliff races to find the tools to free her.This starts even before the credits. There are impressive fires. The use of a real ship really accentuates the grime in the engine room. There is no replacing real heavy machinery. It becomes a tension filled disaster epic a decade before the rise of the disaster flicks. It was nominated for Visual Effects. The action is naturalistic. It’s not heightened by quick cuts or fast movements. For its time and its style, this is exceedingly exciting. The use of a real ship and real flooding is exceptional. I can do without Laurie contemplating suicide. There are some physical realities that are overlooked. This is a great popcorn flick considering the era.

  • lisa-callahan
    lisa callahan

    I saw this movie by accident when I was a kid in the 60’s. I couldn’t remember the name for decades and just saw it again (2007) by accident! It’s a great old exciting film mixed with some good samaritan acts and desperation to survive. Amazing to find that MGM actually bought a scrapped French liner to film realistic scenes! Holds your interest throughout. Tammy Marihugh, who plays the little girl Jill, does a great job and has heart wrenching screams. I can’t find what happened to her after the 60’s. If anyone knows please email me (if that’s allowed – [email protected]). I recommend watching this on a lazy Saturday, snowy afternoon!

  • triantaphulle-skabentzou
    triantaphulle skabentzou

    This is without a doubt the finest disaster-movie of the 1960’s, with echoes of the Titanic-tragedy and filled with impressive realistic scenes thanks to the fact that they actually SANK a REAL ship in the making of it! It is also one of Woody Strode’s finest hours. Others worth mentioning are Edmund O’Brien -who’s stressed behavior really gets to the viewer, and little Tammy Marihugh who is heartbreaking as Stack and Malone’s (also fine) daughter who cries and cries and cries… Only annoying bit is the narration: it ruins the complete realistic feel of it all, and therefore also removes some of the dramatic tension.

  • deborah-stuart
    deborah stuart

    I must say this is one of the best maritime disaster films I’ve seen.The film is about an aging cruise ship on an ocean voyage. A fire in her engine room sets in motion a disastrous series of events that puts the ship in ever increasing danger of sinking. The officers and crew do their best to keep the ship afloat while a desperate husband tries to rescue his wife who’s been trapped in her cabin before the ship goes down.The film is a story of people acting under pressure and about how people go out of their way to help others who they’ve never met before. What I liked about The Last Voyage was that it was quite a realistic film with minimal melodrama, tension that just kept on building until it just glued me to the screen and a good selection of characters.One of the film’s biggest assets was the fact that an actual ship was rented for use in this film and partially sunk. All the sets are actually on a real ship and this greatly added to the realism, something that even the best soundstages, CGI and miniatures can’t beat.A good watch.

  • joaquim-costela
    joaquim costela

    I really like this one because it don’t waist time showing love stories or anything else that’s not necessarry to the first idea of the movie : a boat sinking. Of course, there is the drama of poor Dorothy Malone and Robert Stack, but this drame goes on with the same beat as the problems of the crew. In that sense, it’s really a technical film! It’s a fast movie: from scene number one, we know that this boat had problems. We don’t have to wait one hour to know that (like in ANY of the Titanic movie.) And, of course, we all love the wonderful Woody Strode, who was fantastic in Kubrik’s Spartacus two years before this famous role.

  • dott-graziano-lombardi
    dott graziano lombardi

    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 against time trying to save his beloved wife Laurie Henderson (Dorothy Malone), who is trapped under a steel beam in her cabin, with the support of the crewmember Hank Lawson (Woody Strode).”The Last Voyage” is a surprisingly good disaster movie, and certainly one of the precursors of a popular genre in the 70’s. The careful production used the S.S. Ile de France, the major ocean liner built after the end of World War I, which was considered the most beautifully decorated ship built by the French Line. During World War II, this vessel involved in extensive trooping, and finally she was sold to Japanese scrappers. During the shootings, she was partially sunk. The story is very tense, dramatic and real, with honorable characters, like the black crewmember Hank Lawson or Cliff Henderson, but also people under stress, like the Second Engineer Walsh played by Edmond O’Brien and most of the officers and crew, or the captain concerned with the future of his career. The story is narrated in off apparently by the Third Officer Osborne, performed by George Furness. My vote is eight.Title (Brazil): “O Grande Naufrágio” (“The Great Shipwreck”)

  • jerneja-macek
    jerneja macek

    One of the Best Disaster and Action Movies that has, Unfortunately, been Overlooked and Under-Appreciated. But Certainly not by those who have Seen it. Anyone who has had that Unforgettable Experience is Impressed.It is a Film that was Ahead of its Time and was Uncharacteristically so Intense and Fast Paced that it is Quite Remarkable for a Film of its Period. Probably Because it was an Independent Production Without Studio Interference. Director and Producer Andrew Stone was able to Make this Exciting Movie with a Relatively Low Budget and turn it into a Forgotten Film that is One of the Genre’s Gems.From the Opening Frame in the Dining Room where the Ships Captain is handed a note that says Simply “fire in the engine room”, the Audience is Sucked into a High Voltage Survival Story of Passengers and Crew Racing to Save the Ship and Themselves. The Cast of Robert Stack, Dorothy Malone, George Sanders, and Woody Strode are all Excellent, but the True Star of the Film is the Pacing, the Authenticity, the High-Stakes Melodrama, and an All Around Production that is Awe Inspiring. Humanity in Crisis, where They Often Shine, is also on Board in this Fantastic Film. Highly Recommended for Anyone.Note…There has been a bit of whining from some old salts about using and abusing a real antiquated ship about to be euthanized, to make this Movie. If She could talk maybe She would be proud to play a role in a drama that reflected some of her real-life sisters tragedies. An homage to their dignity and memory.

  • silvano-leonor-cepeda-urias
    silvano leonor cepeda urias

    Legend has it that Andrew L Stone chartered the 1920’s liner ‘Ile de France’ from a Japanese wrecking crew and sank her as the cameras turned. The ship was then raised and sent to the scrapyard.Exciting as this sounds it is not the truth. Stone did hire the ship for a while and filmed scenes of panic and destruction (explosions, the funnel collapsing). The ship was then *partly* sunk by flooding a couple of compartments but that was all. When you consider the unpredictable behaviour of a sinking ship, and the cost of raising it again, this is understandable. This also explains the anti-climactic final shots mentioned by an earlier reviewer.Some scenes were shot on the half-sunk liner, most notably a scene in the dining saloon where seawater is pouring through the portholes. Robert Stack injured himself trying to close one.If you examine the film carefully you will see that the long-shots of the sinking are created by masking shots that *raise* the water-level, not by sinking the ship. The final scenes of Robert Stack and company struggling along flooding decks were filmed off Santa Monica. Again, study the scene carefully and you will see the sets wobble as they’re struck by waves.I’m sorry to ruin anyone’s illusions. I feel ‘The Last Voyage’ is a great job of film-making, totally gripping. Andrew Stone deserved an award for daring to shoot even part of his film on a sinking ship. I think its reputation can survive a little myth-breaking.

  • ernest-dabkiewicz
    ernest dabkiewicz

    In their second teaming in 4 years (Ms. Malone & Mr. Stack had previously been paired on the WONDERFUL Douglas Sirk film WRITTEN ON THE WIND), Dorothy and Robert play husband and wife, traveling to Asia aboard the ill-fated S. S. Claridon ( a re-dressed Ile de France) along with their red-headed moppet.As fate would have it – the Claridon’s boilers blow up – Ms. Malone’s trapped by the rubble, and the ship’s going down. Can Robert Stack save his wife? The big draw of this film was the actual destruction of the Ile de France as the S. S. Claridon. In this day and age, where we’re so used to seeing things on huge scale being destroyed (the ‘cousin’ of THE LAST VOYAGE – TITANIC, was the first big budget film to rely HEAVILY on CGI for it’s boat’s destruction), it gives one a sense of the ‘real,’ knowing that while what your watching is staged – it IS REAL. This boat IS gonna go down (as is pointed out in the trivia area, after filming The France was re-floated and shipped off for scrap – sigh!).I’m a sucker for ANYTHING with Dorothy Malone. Any ‘disaster’ she’s in – I’m there (I wish she was better acknowledged – especially given that Ms. Malone’s STILL with us, thank goodness!). Given that this film is a ‘disaster’ flick before the Irwin Allen pictures of the early 70’s (Earthquake,The Poseidon Adventure, et al.), this film is always a pleasure to watch, and given the large number of reviews posted the past day or so (it was just on TCM), I see I’m not alone.Grab the popcorn, and forget wearing a life-jacket – even though this ship’s sinking – this film isn’t.

  • jose-maria-maestre
    jose maria maestre

    I heard once that Andrew Stone and Alfred Hitchcock were friends. If so, I can just imagine those two gents sitting around during a long, rainy evening discussing ways of torturing an audience with suspense.”The Last Voyage” cuts to the chase right away. Something happens on board the ocean liner “Claridon” and before you can sing “row, row, row your boat” the vessel is plunged into crisis. No soapy melodramas, bickering couples, singing nuns, etc. Just a good old-fashioned straightforward action flick. There are two stories. One involves the entirely myopic attempt by the captain (George Sanders) to save the ship and his reputation. He’s the voice of authority in denial, prevalent in countless movies (where he’s challenged by the pragmatic man-of-action). “Jaws” is a prime example.The other story concerns the entrapment of Robert Stack’s wife in the film (Dorothy Malone) under a steel beam and his race to save her. Naturally, Stack soon finds himself at odds with the captain as he tries to get help to free his wife, and all kinds of obstacles get in his way. Meanwhile things are getting worse with the ship. The suspense keeps cranking tighter and tighter, as I breathlessly watch and try to convince myself that all will be well in the end – to no avail! Filming on a real ship is what really makes this movie work; in fact, the ship becomes a major character in the story. There’s very little suspension of disbelief required. Stone keeps the story moving with dispatch and the ninety minutes fly by quickly. There are a few anomalies that I found problematic (where were the ship’s medical staff, and how could the captain be SO intransigent), but these were diminished by the strong emotional elements and the movie’s depiction of courage, devotion and loyalty, which were inspiring.I found Dorothy Malone to be particularly moving as the wife who, sensing a hopeless situation, just wants her husband and their kid to get themselves off the ship. It may be that, because I found her to be so sanely practical and REAL, that I kind of fell in love with her. She’s the emotional centre of the film.

  • agustin-mercader
    agustin mercader

    We have to say this was a real surprise when it was presented by TCM the other night. Andrew Stone’s “The Last Voyage” makes an impressive film that got our attention from the start. Mr. Stone, working with his own screen play, makes a great disaster film about a luxury ocean liner that encounters problems in the middle of the Pacific.This film looks so real, it’s hard to believe it’s a filmed account of a real disaster. The old Ile de France was used for the exterior shots and sunk for realism sake. The story is compelling, as well as terrifying. Imagine to find yourself in the middle of an ocean facing death aboard luxurious surroundings!That is the fate the Hendersons encounter on their way to Japan. Cliff and Laurie are happily married with a small daughter. Everything looks good, but a funereal note is delivered to the captain in the middle of a meal. “Fire in the engine room”! This is only be beginning of the end. We realize this is going to be a horrible experience.The film feels real. When an explosion occurs, Cliff returns to his cabin only to find Laurie trapped by some steel panels and he can’t move her. To make matters worse, he finds his young daughter in a panic holding dearly to her life on a ledge of what used to be her room. The rescue effort of the girl, in a terrifying scene, is one of the most heart wrenching things in the movie. We watch, in horror, at the end, as Laurie is kept alive from drowning, Excellent acting from all the principals. Robert Stack, Dorothy Malone, George Sanders, Edmond O’Brien, Jack Krushen, Woody Strode and the rest of the cast, makes this a film that delivers a lot of action and keeps us glued to what’s happening.A film to recommend those with a strong heart. A great achievement for the director Andrew Stone.

  • martim-machado
    martim machado

    3/5 STARS -A family battles for survival as an explosion devastates their cruise ship and punctures its hull. The father must race to free his wife as rising waters threaten them all.The Last Voyage is fun to watch because it’s so OLD. This is the first modern motion picture involving a sinking ship OTHER THAN the Titanic. The movie is squeaky-clean, and Robert Stack is as wooden as a two-by-four as the desperate father. There’s not much dramatic tension created here, but that almost seems to be a function of the time period.This is the final voyage of the U. S. S. Claratin, and her primitive construction becomes critical when a fire in the engine room melts the fuel flow valves in the fully open position. Within minutes, the boiler explodes and creates a very visually satisfying hole blown through every deck of the ship. Of course, this hole separates the family, and when the father struggles to rescue his daughter by trying to cross this bottomless void, we know this movie is going to try hard. And it does.The special effects are somewhat sparse but exceptionally well done for the period. I was surprised by the level of expensive detail, such as water pouring in through the dining room windows even though they’re only visible for a few moments. Dad’s first challenge is to rescue his daughter from her perch alongside the path of the boiler. Then he must find a way to free his wife, who lays pinned under several steel beams in her stateroom. This becomes his objective for the remainder of the movie.A friendly fireman (one who stokes the fires in the engine room) helps Stack get the equipment he will need to free his wife. Meanwhile, the sailors below decks attempt to reinforce the walls of the engine room to prevent the bulkhead from breaching. It does, of course, and that’s when everyone really starts to run out of time.This movie is particularly memorable for its ending sequence, which shows the survivors running down the length of the ship’s upper deck, as water splashes onto the floorboards from the sea. This visual is striking, and even a modern audience will wonder how the shot was done; was this a giant set or did the producers simply sink a ship and film its last few minutes above water?Disaster enthusiasts should see The Last Voyage because it stands uniquely alone in the timeline of movie history. It was the first modern movie based upon people being trapped in an enclosed construction (such as a boat or a building) that was NOT based on a historical event (such as the sinking of the Titanic). More importantly, the plot of the movie was focused on dealing with the disaster, rather than the disaster coming as a big finish to the main story line. This is the formula that dozens of movies would attempt to perfect for the remainder of the century and beyond.Although it is rather bland, this film is crisp, efficient, and a key turning point for the genre. It represents Hollywood’s first try at the modern disaster movie: it features a plot focused on multiple characters escaping from a fictional situation, while fighting for survival amid expensive special effects.

  • sirio-leone
    sirio leone

    The other comments have restored my love for this film. Like another reviewer I saw it as a kid & never forgot. I saw a world, for the first time, where things could go terribly wrong; Disney never showed me stuff like that. And when things went wrong there were good men pulling together to make it right again. One of them was a black man. A little girl was scared but brave too. The mommy would do anything for her baby & husband to make it. Twenty odd years later I bought it & took it to our little experimental film group at the county schools. I wanted everybody to see the realism of the approach & the human values. I also wanted them to see what you could accomplish if you took advantage of a unique setting or situation. The Ile De France was on it’s way to be scrapped & this was the basis for the film. Nobody would even watch & that really bummed me out. Then I lent it to my good friend Conrad. He was a retired merchant marine officer (second). He said he laughed all the way thru because many things were not exactly realistic. One thing, the stateroom was down inside the ship not up in the superstructure where staterooms are supposed to be; and stuff like that.Well you know they were WRONG. This is great film-making; a great story well told. Gripping from start to finish. I believe it was titled ’90 Minutes to Disaster’ when I saw it. I was right. So what if every little fact isn’t exact. I will say that the narration is a bit annoying, that is true. When a film is a memorable event in a kid’s life (more than one) it’s a great film.I have just finished reading a book called ‘Collision Course’ by Alvin Moscow about the Stockholm, Andrea Doria disaster in 1956. The script seems to me to contain some interesting echoes from this tragedy; the worst shipping disaster since the Titanic. Not coincidentally the Ile De France was one of the rescue ships on the scene & she was famous for rendering aid in several other shipping disasters.

  • johannes-nurminen
    johannes nurminen

    After a fire in the engine room, “Claridon” luxury liner captain George Sanders (as Robert Adams), in true disaster movie form, orders engineer Edmond O’Brien (as Walsh) his crew to make repairs without telling on-board passengers. But, when the ship suffers a subsequent explosion in its boiler room, everyone knows something has gone horribly wrong. Job-transferring from Sacramento to Tokyo, Robert Stack (as Cliff Henderson) finds beautiful blonde wife Dorothy Malone (as Laurie) pinned under some debris. Moreover, red-haired daughter Tammy Marihugh (as Jill) is left cowering on the side of their cabin, which has lost its floor.Watching Mr. Stack rescue his daughter is a highlight, even though you know how this will play out; rest assured, filmmakers weren’t in the habit of killing off cute little girls in the beginning of 1960 movies. From then on, the story focuses on Stack’s efforts to save Ms. Malone while passengers and crew scramble for survival. Stack and Malone must consider the possibility that she – still pinned under a steel beam – should go down with the ship. One of the first crew people willing to help the couple is presciently cast Woody Strode (as Hank Lawson). Writer/director Andrew L. Stone and his wife Virginia make “The Last Voyage” an exciting trip.******** The Last Voyage (2/19/60) Andrew L. Stone ~ Robert Stack, Dorothy Malone, Woody Strode, Edmond O’Brien

  • salome-assuncao
    salome assuncao

    I am a retired U.S. Navy Captain, an Engineering Duty Officer who ran shipyards for many years and was Chief Engineer of an aircraft carrier. Ships and what make them tick were my thing for 30 years. I trained for the disaster depicted in “The Last Voyage” for many years and fortunately never encountered it.I can tell you with some expertise that this is the most realistic film of this genre ever made. I was astounded watching it. They actually got most of the terminology and sequence of events correct. Edmund O’Brien made a convincing Engineer. It could almost be a training film for: > attempting to manually trip a boiler safety valve > shoring up a bulkhead in an adjacent flooded space etc.If you want to see what something like this might be like, watch this film. I also found the ending pretty suspenseful – I wasn’t quite sure who was going to live, and who was going to die.

  • reinis-rudzitis
    reinis rudzitis

    Did you like ‘The Poseidon Adventure’ ?? If yes, you will love ‘The Last Voyage’. This is one of the most believable pictures I’ve ever seen; and not without reason: did you know that most of the sinking scenes were shot on the French Liner ‘Ile de France’ right before it was sold to Chinese wreckers (by the way: that’s the reason for all the Chinese Stewards in the picture)?? They actually flooded parts of the engine room for the shooting. And even the scene in the Dining room (at the end)was real; Wanna see how it REALLY is to see a ship sinking ?? Get this movie… The only really disappointing scene is the actual sinking of the ‘Claridon’. But it’s worth it anyway…

  • dusan-schacht-flantz
    dusan schacht flantz

    Andrew and Virginia Stone, the husband and wife creative team who conceived and made the film The Last Voyage had the good fortune to use a real ocean liner in their film. No miniatures for their special effects which got The Last Voyage its only recognition from the Academy.That harbinger of bad luck named Murphy must have been on the passenger roster of the S.S. Claridon which was captained by George Sanders because the law he espoused was operating full tilt on this trans-Pacific voyage. It all starts with fire in the boiler room which leads to a series of bad luck and bad decisions. The story of the doomed ship Claridon proceeds on a double track. There is the story of the ship sinking itself and particularly the clash with Captain Sanders and Engineer Edmond O’Brien. The second is the personal story of Robert Stack who with wife Dorothy Malone and their little girl Tammy Marihugh are traveling to Tokyo for Stack’s job. When an explosion occurs both Malone and the little girl are trapped in the cabin. With all that’s going on around Stack finds precious little help for his family’s personal plight.The Last Voyage is a tightly paced drama which does not waste a second of film frame in the telling of its story. Best in the film I think is Malone who is just brilliant as the woman coming to grips with an impending doom. Honorable mention should also go to Woody Strode who plays a ship’s stoker who renders needed assistance to Stack in his hour of trial.The Last Voyage was nominated for Best Special Effects, but lost to the only other film nominated that year, George Pal’s The Time Machine. I’d hated to have been an Academy voter that year and have to make that choice.Five years earlier the Andrea Doria disaster had happened only minutes from New York harbor. The stories from that sea disaster were fresh in the public mind, let alone the story of the Titanic.Fifty years after it was released The Last Voyage holds up well and even the technology changes haven’t dated this film one bit. This one is highly recommended.

  • gustavo-valentim-nascimento
    gustavo valentim nascimento

    Viewers of “The Last Voyage” who have branded it a “cinematic turkey” are mislead, in my opinion. This film achieves a realism that is superior to the many disaster genre films that followed it. But more importantly, it is a visual record of one of the finest transatlantic liners ever–the French Line’s Isle de France. I don’t know of any motion picture that actually used a ship as a floating prop as extensively as Stone’s film. The Isle de France represented an important departure in ship design. Earlier liners attempted to disguise the fact that they were ocean-going vessels. The “Isle de France” brought the new art deco and moderne styles to the high seas and utilized some of the finest French designers to craft this ship of state. When the later Normandie was lost, many of her furnishings were transferred to the Isle including furnishings by the famous designer Ruhlman. Here in this film are these exciting interiors for all to see for the last time prior to sending the Isle to the ship breakers. The film also heralds the very twilight of regularly scheduled transatlantic and transpacific liner service as the jet began to rapidly displace this very civilized way to travel.

  • briana-mosley
    briana mosley

    A good decade before the disaster films of the ’70s we had this engrossing, tightly knit disaster film about a luxury passenger liner’s last voyage after a fire and explosions make it sinkable.George Sanders is the Captain who doesn’t want to alert the passengers and thinks the fire can be contained before things get worse. Robert Stack is traveling with his wife and daughter and having a wonderful time until they learn the hard way that the ship is doomed. Most of the film has him trying to find someone help him rescue his wife who becomes trapped beneath some steel girders. Fortunately for him, Woody Strode agrees to help and most of the suspense deals with their efforts to free her despite no help from the Captain or his crew–until Edmond O’Brien joins forces with them to free her.All of the details are realistic and certainly the actors had to undergo some uncomfortable physical demands in going through their paces. Woody Strode is impressive both physically and otherwise as the man who gives his all to help Stack. He and Robert Stack give the strongest performances in their physically demanding roles.George Sanders is rather bland as the stubborn Captain but since most of the action concerns Stack and his efforts to free Malone, it doesn’t matter too much. Dorothy Malone is impressive as the woman who tells her husband and daughter to save themselves before it’s too late.A very engrossing thriller…but one that had me squirming uncomfortably while watching situations that seemed painfully real. A forerunner of James Cameron’s TITANIC, it tells the tale in a swift one hour and thirty minutes with some of the action filmed aboard the real Ile de France.

  • adrian-del-carballo
    adrian del carballo

    When I was small I saw a movie on TV with my grandfather that scared the BEJEEPERS out of me: its images of a woman imprisoned by steel beams on an exploding, sinking ship have haunted me all these years. I was watching TCM today and when I saw the opening sequences of “The Last Voyage” I recognised it straight away as the movie with the poor lady trapped in the wrecked liner. As an adult I found the movie suspenseful: no wonder it terrified me as a kid. Dorothy Malone’s performance masterly captures the wife’s desperation, panic, and concern that her child and husband survive. Robert Stack makes the viewer feel the loyalty and drive that makes the husband battle to save his wife against the odds. It was great to see a movie from my early childhood present a black character who is every inch a hero as the leading character, who fights to rescue the wife as much as her husband does. The characters of the captain and the British main officer are finely drawn and the struggles of the officer to preserve the ship and take care of the passengers while the captain fails to grasp the seriousness of the situation make an effective counterpart to the husband’s attempts to free his wife and daughter from the wreckage of their cabin. The overhead shots of the daughter perched on the edges of a hole ripped through several decks of the ship are horrifying and I’m sure they are responsible for my still being scared of heights. This movie’s style is matter of fact, complete with a historical-sounding narration, but this increases the impact of the terror of the wife and the growing desperation and frustration of the husband as he races to find someone who will help them. The engineer’s outburst at the captain reflects the growing tension that the film creates. This is not just another hokey disaster film in Technicolor – this is a film that shows how people facing danger and death keep their heads to honour their relationships, professions and their humanity. An unforgettable film, and one that puts the overblown special effects and underdeveloped characterisations of Titanic to shame.