The classic Italian liner SS REX in the movies…
Irving Berlin and Moss Hart, famed song writers, sail aboard the SS Rex in the 1930s...

The classic Italian liner SS REX in the movies…

  • There are three Atlantic crossings in the 1936 excellent film Dodsworth directed by William Wyler and starring Walter Huston & Ruth Chatterton.


  • They were seen on board the RMS Queen Mary, the RMS RMS Aquitania, and the SS Rex. The film demonstrates how liners were used like today’s Jets to get back and forth from the USA to Europe.
  • A good deal of the film is seen on board RMS  Queen Marry and the SS Rex. Nautical highlight: The RMS Queen Mary is seen in the beginning of the film.


  • A highlight of the film is the angry breakup of Huston and Chatterton’s marriage aboard the Rex in a first class lounge while getting ready to sail from Italy. There are exterior shots of the Rex. The set was built at Samuel Goldwyn Studios in West Hollywood. It is a corner of a first class lounge very close to the gangway. Huston is set to sail with his wife but at the last minute tells her its over and manages to get off the ship just in time.




About Michael L. Grace

During the mid-80s, Michael Grace worked as a writer on the TV Hit Series THE LOVE BOAT. He wrote many of the two hour special featuring great stars of the past, including Lana Turner, Claire Trevor, Anne Baxter, Ethel Merman, Alexis Smith, etc. The public’s access to these stars, in familiar dramas and comedies, made them want to go on a cruise. They could see the stars in an ordinary world as “regular” people. The phenomenally successful series was responsible for creating the cruise industry as we know it today. By the time he was writing for Love Boat, the great steamship companies and their liners were flying hand me down foreign flags, painted like old whores, scrapped or doing three day cruises to the Bahamas. He had sailed on over thirty ships and liners with his parents, aunt and grandmother in late 50s to early 70s. The very successful CRUISING THE PAST website has been an outgrowth of Michael’s strong interest in cruise and social history. Drawing on his own knowledge and a vast maritime and social history collection, he is able to produce a very successful website. Michael is part of the award winning team that created the internationally performed award winning musical SNOOPY, based on PEANUTS by Charles M. Schultz. He has written for television and films. Read more by going to "About" (on the above dashboard) and clicking "Editor"…