A Night To Remember is considered to be the definitive depiction of events leading up to and during the night of April 14th, 1912 when the Titanic sank in the Atlantic. There have been several film versions of the tragedy, presented with varying degrees of success. The first as early as 1915 from Italian director Pier Angelo Mazzolotti, a German version made in 1943 as Nazi Propaganda, although not released until after the war, and the Hollywood versions of 1953 and 1997. Roy Baker attributes, in part, the success of A Night To Remember to tremendous team effort and attention to detail, an example of which he recalls in his memoirs...During the scene of lunch at the captain's table we served the same menu as on the fatal day. There was no need to do this, but some food had to be eaten and it might as well be correct. The film was a huge critical success; it was included in a Top Ten list compiled by the New York critics [though sadly due to a newspaper strike, the news was not far-reaching], it won a Golden Globe for Best English Language Film, and Roy Baker was awarded a Certificate of Merit by Picturegoer magazine [included in this lot]. In his Afterword to Baker's memoirs, The Director's Cut, Samuel Goldwyn Jnr. recalls reading a statement from James Cameron, director of the 1997 film Titanic....he said that if he hadn't seen A Night To Remember, there never would have been Titanic.
A poignant connection to the real event lies with the film's producer, William MacQuitty, who, as a boy of six, watched Titanic being launched from a Belfast shipyard.