Rare Musical Find – Main Title to “A Night to Remember”
The score was written by acclaimed British composer William Alwyn for the 1958 film A Night to Remember, based on the best-selling book by Walter Lord. Rather than construct fictional characters to tell the story, Lord carefully interviewed as many Titanic survivors as he could, preserving their memories for posterity and laying out an accurate, minute-by-minute narrative of the disaster.
Said David McCullough of Walter Lord as a writing mentor: “He was one of the most generous and kind-hearted men I’ve ever known, and when I had stars in my eyes and wanted to become a writer, he was a great help. I’ll always be indebted to him.”
The movie was arguably the biggest British film of the 1950s, and today is regarded as a masterpiece of historical filmmaking.
A Night to Remember (complete) – Part 1 of 13. In reality, the Titanic was never christened. She launched on May 31, 1911 at Harland & Wolff shipyards in Belfast with large crowds in attendance but no ceremony. With no known film footage of the actual launch, the director used footage of the 1939 launch of the Cunard Line’s Queen Elizabeth.