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Dangerous Crossing (1953)

Approved | | Drama, Film-Noir, Mystery | 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.



(screenplay), (radio play "Cabin B-13")

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Complete credited cast:
Ruth Stanton Bowman
Dr. Paul Manning
Jim Logan (as Casey Adams)
John Bowman
Anna Quinn
Marjorie Hoshelle ...
Kay Prentiss
Capt. Peters
Yvonne Peattie ...
Miss Bridges


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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Release Date:

August 1953 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Gefährliche Überfahrt  »

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(Western Electric Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


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 »


When the Captain is talking to Ruth on deck outside of a cabin, the shadows of the characters are in almost opposite directions, a result of the lighting used. See more »


Referenced in Monkeybone (2001) See more »


Give Me the Simple Life
Music by Rube Bloom
Played when Ruth hurries through the restaurant
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Jeanne At Sea On The Sea
30 July 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"Husbands can get lost so easily," someone tells Jeanne Crain's character in the 1953 Fox thriller "Dangerous Crossing," and boy, do those words ever prove prophetic! Here, Crain plays Ruth Stanton, a wealthy heiress who departs on a honeymoon cruise after a whirlwind courtship. When her husband (Carl Betz, who most baby boomers will recognize as Dr. Alex Stone from the old "Donna Reed Show") disappears from the ship before they even leave the NYC harbor, Ruth becomes distraught...especially since no one on board, including the ship's doctor (sympathetically played by Michael Rennie), will believe the story that her husband ever existed! What follows is a tale of escalating suspense and paranoia, with no one on the ship seemingly worthy of Ruth's--or our--complete trust. While not precisely a film noir, "Dangerous Crossing" certainly does have its noirish aspects, and the scene in which Ruth searches the boat for her husband at night, in a dense mist, the only background sound being the intermittent blare of the ship's foghorn, is one that all fans of the genre should just love. Jeanne, very much the star of this film and appearing in virtually every scene, looks absolutely gorgeous, of course (the woman had one of the most beautiful faces in screen history, sez me), and her thesping here is top notch. She is given any number of stunning close-ups by veteran cinematographer Joseph Lashelle, who years before had lensed that classiest of film noirs, 1944's "Laura." In one of the DVD's surprisingly copious collection of extras, it is revealed that the picture took only 19 days to produce, at a cost of only $500,000; a remarkably efficient production, resulting in a 75-minute film with no excess flab and a sure-handed way of delivering shudders and suspense. Very much recommended.

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