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Terror Aboard (1933)

An ocean liner is found at sea with everyone on board dead. An investigation is begun to find out what happened.




Cast overview, first billed only:
Maximilian Kreig
Blackie Witherspoon (as Charlie Ruggles)
Lili Kingston
James Cowles
Gregory Cordoff
Millicent Hazlitt
Capt. Swanson
Lena Klein
Morton Hazlitt
Thomas E. Jackson ...
Capt. Derick Alison (as Thomas Jackson)
Edward Wilson
First Mate
Ship's Doctor
Luigi - the Chef


An ocean liner is found at sea with everyone on board dead. An investigation is begun to find out what happened.

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He could only live if all others died!







Release Date:

14 April 1933 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Dead Reckoning  »

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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One of over 700 Paramount Productions, filmed between 1929 and 1949, which were sold to MCA/Universal in 1958 for television distribution, and have been owned and controlled by Universal ever since. See more »

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Good Idea Goes Bad
22 September 2013 | by (Ramsey, NJ) – See all my reviews

A steamship comes across an abandoned yacht. When crew members board it, they find all onboard murdered. The remainder of the picture is mostly a flashback on what transpired up to the present. I'll bet you think this would be an exciting murder mystery, huh?

Well, no. The story is related in a bloodless (no pun intended) manner that it is devoid of excitement. It is a story without tension or suspense, a poorly done production in which several notable back-bench supporting actors are wasted in undeveloped roles. It is billed as a mystery but is more of a melodrama, and a mediocre one to boot.

The murderer is known right away and is played by John Halliday. He does the best he can in a creepy, soft-spoken performance. He dispatches everyone on board in ways ranging from implausible to downright laughable. The methods he uses are the only interesting moments to consider in this sub-par entry from Paramount.

But the presence that really sinks the picture is the normally dependable Charlie Ruggles, out of his element here in a comic relief role. Any scene containing incipient feelings of anxiety or apprehension are quickly erased by his annoying presence. The mood created by his antics was all wrong for this picture. In sum, this was a very disappointing and misspent 69 minutes.

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