Combining never before seen archival footage and compelling interviews with the crew and passengers, SS United States: Lady in Waiting tells the story of what historians consider to be the greatest American ocean liner of all time. Originally designed to be a secret weapon in the cold war disguised as a luxurious passenger liner, the SS United States was completely fire-proof and the largest and fastest passenger vessel ever constructed in her namesake's country.
The brainchild of United States Lines president, John M. Franklin, and the 20th Century's preeminent naval architect, William Francis Gibbs, she was the pride of America during her flawless service career from 1952 to 1969. Take a journey of discovery to learn everything about this fabled vessel from her top secret design and construction to her star-studded glamorous heyday to her gradual decline into obscurity.
Featuring interviews with, Walter Cronkite, LeRoy Neiman, maritime historian William H. Miller, Jr. and other notable former passengers and crew, SS United States: Lady in Waiting serves as a fitting tribute to this great ship as she awaits a triumphant return to her rightful place in American history.
Grade 9-13. Subjects: U.S. History, Maritime History, Current Events
BIG SHIP FILMS, LLC presents a film by ROBERT RADLER
SS United States: Lady in Waiting
Music STEPHEN EDWARDS Editor CURTIS DAVID SACKETT
Director of Photography ILAN ROSENBERG, I.S.C.
Story Consultant SUSAN GIBBS
Associate Producer DAN MCSWEENEY
Co-Producer KITTY RADLER
Producer DEA SHANDERA
Producer ROBERT RADLER
Produced by MARK B. PERRY
Directed by ROBERT RADLER
The SS United States may be sold and lost forever.
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About the Filmmakers
The film was produced by award-winning writers and producers Mark Perry and Robert Radler. Learn more about the making of the film and their efforts to save the SS United States at their website www.bigshipfilms.com.