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The Last Voyage is a 1960 Metrocolor American disaster film written and directed by Andrew L. Stone. It stars Robert Stack, Dorothy Malone, George Sanders and Edmond O'Brien.

The SS Claridon is an old ship that is scheduled to be scrapped after just a few more voyages. Cliff (Stack) and Laurie Henderson (Malone), alongside their daughter, Jill (Tammy Marihugh), are relocating to Tokyo and decide to sail there on board the ship. A fire in the boiler room is extinguished, but not before a boiler fuel supply valve is fused open. Before the Chief Engineer can manually open a steam relief valve, a huge explosion rips through the boiler room and the many decks situated above it, killing him and some of the passengers and trapping Laurie under a steel beam in their state room, in addition to opening a huge hole in the side of the ship. From then on, it's up to her husband and a crewman to cut her free before the ship goes under.

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This film features examples of:

  • Fight to Survive: The SS Claridon suffers a boiler explosion that damages the ship so much that it begins to sink. One passenger is trapped in her cabin by a falling beam and her husband and a crewman must cut her free before the ship goes under.
  • The Last Title: The Last Voyage.
  • Trash the Set: The reason the movie has such realistic effects of the cruise ship sinking is simple: the producers really did sink a ship.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: The last scene of the plucky Second Engineer Walsh - a fairly important character in the story - is jumping overboard and swimming away when the ship enters its final death throes.

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