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Director:
Writers:
Mel Dinelli (screenplay)
Maurice Zimm (story)
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Release Date:
31 July 1953 (France) See more »
Tagline:
"I'll do anything...to save my husband!" See more »
Plot:
A man vacationing with his wife and son near a desolate jetty in Baja becomes trapped under a rotten timber as the inevitable tide threatens to drown him. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Barbara Stanwyck ... Helen Stilwin

Barry Sullivan ... Doug Stilwin

Ralph Meeker ... Lawson

Lee Aaker ... Bobby Stilwin
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Rico Alaniz ... Officer at 1st Roadblock (uncredited)
Salvador Baguez ... Officer at 1st Roadblock (uncredited)
Bob Castro ... Police Machine Gunner (uncredited)
Carlos Conde ... Tijuana Vendor (uncredited)
George L. Derrick ... Gas Station Attendant (uncredited)
Paul Fierro ... Mexican Lieutenant (uncredited)
Sol Gorss ... Captain's Driver Talking to Helen (uncredited)
Margarita Martín ... Mexican Mother (uncredited)
Victor Milner ... Bit Part (uncredited)
Alex Montoya ... Officer with Walkie-Talkie at 2nd Barricade (uncredited)
George Navarro ... Tijuana Vendor (uncredited)
Charles Stevens ... Mexican Father (uncredited)
Ken Terrell ... Officer at 2nd Barricade (uncredited)
Louis Tomei ... Officer at 2nd Barricade (uncredited)
Juan Torena ... Mexican Police Chief (uncredited)
Felipe Turich ... Mexican Border Official (uncredited)
Natividad Vacío ... Persistent Tijuana Vendor (uncredited)
Bud Wolfe ... Lieutenant's Driver (uncredited)

Directed by
John Sturges 
 
Writing credits
Mel Dinelli (screenplay)

Maurice Zimm (story)

Produced by
Sol Baer Fielding .... producer
Charles Schnee .... executive producer (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
Dimitri Tiomkin 
 
Cinematography by
Victor Milner (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Newell P. Kimlin 
 
Art Direction by
William Ferrari 
Cedric Gibbons 
 
Set Decoration by
Fred M. MacLean  (as Fred MacLean)
Edwin B. Willis 
 
Costume Design by
Frank Delmar (uncredited)
 
Makeup Department
William Tuttle .... makeup artist
Pat McNalley .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Helene Parrish .... hair stylist (uncredited)
 
Production Management
Dave Friedman .... unit manager (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Joel Freeman .... assistant director
Jack Aldworth .... assistant director (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Douglas Shearer .... recording supervisor
Newt Woltz .... sound (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
A. Arnold Gillespie .... special effects
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Helen Rose .... costume designer: Miss Stanwyck
Frank Delmar .... wardrobe (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Dimitri Tiomkin .... conductor
Manuel Emanuel .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Paul Marquardt .... orchestrator (uncredited)
George Parrish .... orchestrator (uncredited)
 
Other crew
William J. Hole Jr. .... script supervisor (uncredited)
 
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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"A Woman in Jeopardy" - USA (promotional title)
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Runtime:
69 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Sound System)
Certification:
Finland:K-16 | Sweden:15 | USA:Passed (National Board of Review) | USA:Approved (PCA #16100) | West Germany:12 (f)

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Trivia:
"Lux Radio Theater" broadcast a 60 minute radio adaptation of the movie on March 15, 1954 with Barbara Stanwyck and Barry Sullivan reprising their film roles.See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: Also when Bobby is holding the coffee pot he is holding the bottom of the hot pot with his hand.See more »
Quotes:
Helen Stilwin:That's good perfume you got on yuh.
Lawson, the Fugitive:Yes.
Helen Stilwin:I like cheap perfume. It doesn't last as long, but it hits harder.
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Soundtrack:
La CucarachaSee more »

FAQ

How does the movie end?
Where is the Baja Peninsula?
Did Lawson rape Helen?
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23 out of 28 people found the following review useful.
Caught in a Riptide, 31 May 2002
Author: lugonian from Kissimmee, Florida

"Jeopardy" (MGM, 1953), directed by John Sturges, is not a movie about the behind-the-scenes look about the making of a popular TV game show, but a fast-paced suspense drama revamped from a radio play.

The story simply starts off with an all-American family, Helen Stilwin (Barbara Stanwyck), Doug, her husband, (Barry Sullivan), and their little boy, Bobby (Lee Aaker) of California taking a vacation by driving to Mexico. While there they park their car in a quiet but somewhat abandoned fishing village by the ocean where they decide to make their camp. Shortly afterwards, their adventurous son ventures on an old rotting pier, where he gets his foot caught. Father Doug goes out there and releases him by taking off his son's shoe. Moments later, Doug falls through the pier and ends up getting his own foot caught beneath a heavy pile on the beach at low tide. Unable to set his himself free, Helen leaves Bobby with his father to drive off and get help. Suspense builds after Helen picks up a stranger (Ralph Meeker) for assistance, only to soon learn that he is an escaped killer whose main interest is to elude from the police authorities. As she finds herself being held captive by this dangerous and heartless character with nothing to lose, the tide of water slowly builds that may soon be over Doug's head unless help comes.

What a neat thriller this is! Fast-paced and a real attention grabber that doesn't lose control of its audience. Stanwyck, as professional as always, starts off casually but changes into a fierce and desperate woman who becomes tormented after finding herself the victim of a desperate killer on the run, with her main interest is to get back to her husband in danger, and her little boy.

"Jeopardy," which is shown on Turner Classic Movies, is, according to host Robert Osborne, a movie based on a 22 minute radio play, "A Question of Time," extended to a tight 68 minute film. Not as well known as other thrillers of the day, especially those directed by Alfred Hitchcock, but this one is worth a look. Highly recommended for nail biters wanting to save money on manicures. (***)

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