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Dangerous Crossing (1953)

Approved | | Drama, Film-Noir, Mystery | 7 August 1953 (USA)
When a beautiful bride boards an ocean liner with her new husband, he goes into hiding, and she becomes the target of a murder conspiracy.

Director:

Joseph M. Newman

Writers:

Leo Townsend (screenplay), John Dickson Carr (radio play "Cabin B-13")
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Jeanne Crain ... Ruth Stanton Bowman
Michael Rennie ... Dr. Paul Manning
Max Showalter ... Jim Logan (as Casey Adams)
Carl Betz ... John Bowman
Mary Anderson ... Anna Quinn
Marjorie Hoshelle Marjorie Hoshelle ... Kay Prentiss
Willis Bouchey ... Captain Peters
Yvonne Peattie Yvonne Peattie ... Miss Bridges
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A young bride is set to begin her honeymoon aboard a luxury liner. Her happiness does not last when she finds that her husband has disappeared. Trouble is, no one else ever saw him board the ship with her and his name has mysteriously dropped from the passenger list. Written by Daniel Bubbeo <dbubbeo@cmp.com>

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Why would a man do a thing like this to his wife?


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USA

Language:

English | German

Release Date:

7 August 1953 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Ship Story See more »

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Budget:

$500,000 (estimated)
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Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Mono (Western Electric Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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This story was originally done on the CBS radio series "Suspense" as "Cabin B-13" on March 16, 1943, starring Ralph Bellamy. It was so popular that the story was repeated on November 9, 1943 with a different cast, including Margo as the wife, Philip Dorn as the doctor, William Johnstone as the husband and Dennis Hoey as the ship's Captain. CBS later used the title "Cabin B-13" for a 1948 radio anthology series written by John Dickson Carr, the author of the original "Suspense" radio play. CBS presented the story once again on the TV version of 'Suspense" on March 29, 1949 with Charles Korvin & Eleanor Lynn. 1958 brought yet another version to TV as an episode of the 'Climax!" series that aired June 26th. It also turned up on the Canadian Broadcasting Corp (CBC) series "The Unforeseen" on April 22, 1959. The cable network USA aired a remake, titled "Treacherous Crossing," starring Lindsay Wagner, on April 8, 1992. See more »

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When the captain looks at Ruth Stanton Bowman's hand to see if there is a wedding ring, the close up shot is of a hand without nail polish. The next longer shot shows Ruth Stanton Bowman's nails to be polished. See more »

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Give Me the Simple Life
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Music by Rube Bloom
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20 July 2009 | by AAdaSCSee all my reviews

Ruth (Jeanne Crain) and John (Carl Betz) board a ship for their honeymoon. However, within 15 minutes of sailing, John has disappeared. Not only has he disappeared but there has never been any trace of him and there are no witnesses that have seen the couple together. The room that they originally booked into is now empty and only Ruth's suitcases seem to be located on board - in a different room! So begins the mystery. The film follows Ruth's attempts to locate her husband while we are introduced to a suspicious cast of characters. No-one believes her story and even the confidante that she finds in Dr Paul Manning (Michael Rennie) has his doubts. She receives a phone call in her cabin from John saying that they are both in danger.......

The film gets you involved from the beginning and you know that something sinister is occurring. The various characters are introduced to us - eg, stewardess Anna (Mary Anderson), single traveller Kay (Marjorie Hoshelle), steward Jim (Casey Adams) and a foreign passenger with a walking stick (Karl Ludwig Lindt) - and we are never quite sure what is in the back of their minds. Even Dr manning is not above suspicion. The fog horn that continually sounds adds to the tension in the night scenes and it is a well acted film by all.


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