Last Voyage, The (1960)
“I have never lost a ship and I’m not losing this one!”
Genres, Themes, Actors, and Directors:
Stack and Malone — having previously co-starred in Douglas Sirk’s Written on the Wind (1956) and The Tarnished Angels (1957) — make a natural couple, though their plight is one of pure survival; Malone, especially, is put through the wringer, spending the majority of the film trapped, disheveled, hysterical, contemplating suicide, and/or nearly drowning:
As her heroic savior, Strode was apparently cast in a “colorblind” fashion, but his race inevitably heightens narrative tensions as we wonder if or when racist concerns and stereotypes will emerge:
Meanwhile, O’Brien is justifiably outraged throughout much of the film:
… due to Sanders playing yet another variation on A Man You Simply Loathe. His Captain Adams is infuriating to watch — not just because his laissez-faire attitude is wantonly killing people, but because he truly doesn’t care, surrounds himself with yes-men, and won’t listen to reason from those around him who understand the gravity of the situation much better than he does (flashback to 2020, anyone?):
Married couple Andrew and Virginia Stone (who wrote, produced, directed, and edited the film) unfortunately chose to incorporate an unnecessary, distracting voiceover throughout the movie, provided by George Furness:
However, there’s enough action and disaster here to satisfy those who enjoy this type of non-stop, heart-pounding thriller.
Redeeming Qualities and Moments:
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Not must-see, but not bad as a ‘Poseidon Adventure’ or ‘A Night to Remember’-Lite.
(Yes, the narration is unnecessary.)