James Cameron’s Titanic (1997) achieved awards, box office glory, and lots of critical acclaim, but a previous movie about the 1912 tragedy boasted something Cameron’s film lacked: a star who had survived the actual sinking.
Saved From the Titanic was a silent film that premiered in 1912, just weeks after the Titanic perished, and featured a 22-year-old model and actress named Dorothy Gibson, one of some 700 passengers who escaped on a lifeboat. As for how Gibson’s performance measures up to Kate Winslet’s Oscar-nominated one, we’ll never really know. No copies of Saved From the Titanic still exist today.
On this episode of The List Show, Mental Floss editor-in-chief Erin McCarthy is covering that and other stories about long-lost treasures, from traditional riches like Fabergé eggs and pirate’s booty, to much less predictable valuables, like a controversial episode of Sesame Street starring the original Wicked Witch of the West.
Press play below to learn more, and subscribe to the Mental Floss YouTube channel for future fascinating videos.