|"I Demand A Seat In A Lifeboat!!!"
(Bruce Ismay to Capt. Smith)
|In Nazi Germany at the height of the Second World War the Minister of Propaganda, Joseph Goebbels, thought that by showing a film depicting British incompetence, it would help to boost flagging German morale.
It occurred to Goebbels that no other event in recent British history showed that better then the Titanic tragedy.
In rewriting history to show German supremacy, 1st Officer Murdoch was replaced by fictitcious German Officer Peterson, the lone voice of reason on this "ship of fools."
The movie is almost completely devoid of truthful facts, and they even managed to make Bruce Ismay even slimier than he was in real life. The movie stands today only as a novelty piece showing how demented the Nazi party was.
The movie was basically a flop when it premiered in Germany at one of the few non-bombed out theaters still standing in the wake of British bombings. The movie-going Germans realized that it more or less showed how pathetic the Nazis were after all. The movie wasn't openly shown until the 1950's
Director Herbert Selpin was not in league with the Nazis and openly admitted it. He was forced to commit suicide in a concentration camp.
Joseph Goebbels took the noble way out with the Allies winning the war in 1945, he poisoned his 6 children and had a guard shoot him and his wife. The film has been edited into various shows and documentarie's including the TV and film versions of "A Night To Remember" & "Telephone Time"
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