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Dangerous Crossing [DVD] [1953] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

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  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: NR (Not Rated) (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: 20th Century Fox
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0010KHOSU
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 92,591 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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This is a short, taut film noir from 20th Century Fox that is inexplicably little known today.

A newly-wed honeymooning bride (Jeanne Craine) boards an Atlantic liner from New York with her husband. He promptly disappears, and the rest of the film, which is based on a John Dickson Carr radio play, concerns her search for him as the crew and especially the ship's doctor (Michael Rennie) struggle to make sense of her predicament even to the extent of questioning her sanity.

The plot is not over-complicated, but its enigmatic quality holds the viewer's attention and does not outstay its welcome at 75 minutes. But the storyline is just one element of a classy package here. This was made in 1953 just when the arrival of TV was starting to take its toll on US cinema audiences. The Fox bosses, wanting to save costs by recycling once-used sets, in this case the seaboard "Titanic" and also "Gentlemen Prefer Blondes" which was partly set on the ocean wave, were looking for a suitable B-movie candidate and alighted on Dangerous Crossing.

Despite being filmed entirely in the studio in 19 days for $500,000, the sets look and are expensive, and there's no feeling that it's studio bound thanks to careful use of seascape back projection, some involving shots of the ship that clearly stood in for The Titanic, and also the same fog effects. I would imagine the music was put together too from material from other movies.

The acting is uniformly interesting. The 28-year old Jeanne Craine is excellent, conveying fear, bewilderment but also commendable stubbornness; and she looks great in her ballgown.
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Highly recommended: suspenseful, well-paced, atmospheric, wonderfully acted. A gem of a film in the tradition of Hitchcock's The Lady Vanishes that deserves to be better known. I only came across it while searching for films based on John Dickson Carr stories.
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By A. W. Wilson TOP 500 REVIEWER on 5 Feb. 2014
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A Vintage Plot (So Long At The Fair etc), with a couple of good twists, this Film Noir looks really great. Excellent print ,picture (4.3) and sound. Good price and extras. Not bad at all. Jeanne Craine looks wonderful, but I am not sure she was right for the part. I feel it needed a Fontaine or De Havilland, but that would have upped the budget, I just felt Jeanne wasn't good with the vulnerable bit, but that's just me. The rest of the cast are "B" stalwarts apart from Rennie, and none the worse for that. Good characterisations, scipt and direction make this a good addition to your library. There are some excellent reviews here which I can't hope to better, so I'm off!!
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Really enjoyed this 1953 short fox noir starring contract star Jeanne Crain at her most stunning- set on a cruise liner this is a compact thriller in which Jeanne's new husband disappears almost as soon as they get on board- who's behind the vanishing act? There are plenty of suspects! If you like classic thrillers- turn down the lights, take the phone off the hook & enjoy!
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Shot in 1953,this is an excellent thriller, set on board a transatlantic vessel heading for Europe from New York. The plot develops quickly after honeymooning couple John and Ruth set off on their voyage, and never lets up until the denouément 76 running time minutes later. Described as a "film noir", it is hardly that, but a gripping film nonetheless, with an ending that is always in doubt, though the presence of a helpful ship's doctor (splendidly played by British actor, Michael Rennie) tends to give one the impression that all will be well in the end. Jeanne Crain is quite superb in her role as the unfortunate bride. The DVD includes several special features, and has the option of subtitles.
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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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