Dangerous Crossing [DVD]  [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
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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.Read more ›
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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Clever, suspenseful and wonderfully shot and acted! A real treat.Published 17 months ago by Diony Augustine
This is a very good film keeps you guessing until the end. Jeanne Crain is gorgeous to look at as usualPublished 22 months ago by Brian Twigg
A little too melodramatic but enjoyed the black and white photographyPublished on 17 Aug. 2014 by Tadeusz H. Oska
Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation presents "DANGEROUS CROSSING" (August 1953) (75 min/B&W) (Fully Restored/Dolby Digitally Remastered) -- Set aboard a transatlantic passenger... Read morePublished on 8 Jan. 2011 by J. Lovins
After watching this wonderful movie today on DVD, I have to say what a great little movie it was. It is in fact a "hidden" gem.......... Read morePublished on 27 May 2010 by robm