Echoing the Staples ad tag line: “That was easy!”
Title: 100 Years Ago
The Titanic sank on April 14, 1902.
63A. Theme of the puzzle = Titanic
27A. American millionaire lost with the 63-Across = John Jacob Astor
33A. With 88-Across, 1960 musical partly about 63-Across, with “The” = Unsinkable/Molly Brown
96A. What 63 Across crossed to begin her 88D/13A = English Channel
3D. 2003 James Cameron documentary about the 63-Across = Ghosts of the Abyss
5D. 63 Across’s destination on her 88D/13D = New York City
38D. 1955 Walter Lord book about the 63 Across = A Night to Remember
65D. Where the 63 Across’s 88D/13D began = Southampton
88D. With 13 Down, disastrous event for the 63-Across = Maiden/voyage
I knew all the answers to the theme clues straight out with only one exception. I wasn’t familiar with Cameron’s documentary but got it by filling in the surrounding answers. I have seen his 1997 movie. Interestingly, John Jacob Astor appears in one scene. I got a kick out of seeing Eric Braeden in the role since for many years he’s played Victor Newman on “The Young & the Restless.”
My favorite movie about the Titanic is the 1953 version starring Clifton Webb, Barbara Stanwyck, Robert Wagner, and Thelma Ritter. I read the Lord book many years ago – one of the best on the subject. I’ve also seen the British docudrama based on his book (same title) starring Kenneth More and “The Unsinkable Molly Brown,” in which Debbie Reynolds played Molly.