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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)
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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:
Continuity: After Bobby makes coffee and takes the pot and cup to his father, in one scene he's holding the pot with one hand and in other scenes with both hands.See more »
Quotes:
Helen Stilwin:I'll do anything to save my husband... anything!See more »
Soundtrack:
Cielito LindoSee more »

FAQ

Is 'Jeopardy' based on a book?
Did Lawson rape Helen?
Where is the Baja Peninsula?
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20 out of 25 people found the following review useful.
Attractive cast raise material, 22 May 2003
Author: rosscinema (rosscinema@comcast.net) from Oceanside, Ca.

This was made when Barbara Stanwyck was not exactly at her prime form but she was still a major star and she still had to stay busy and pay her bills by appearing in uninspired material like this. Film starts out with Doug Stilwin (Barry Sullivan) taking his family to Mexico for a fishing trip and they head to a secluded beach area to camp. Their son Bobby (Lee Aaker) gets his shoe caught on an old pier and Doug gets him out. While getting off he falls and a piece of the pier lands on his leg and traps him. His wife Helen (Stanwyck) must take the car and find some rope because the tide is coming in! While on the road Helen meets Lawson (Ralph Meeker) who is an escaped convict and takes her hostage. She finally convinces him to take her back to the beach in exchange for sex (Not exactly implied) and to go with him. She agrees! Story sounds just like those "B" movie scripts that kicked around every studio at the time. But their is a few interesting things to notice here. Stanwyck and Meeker have more chemistry together then Sullivan has. Sullivan is so stiff and the only time that he seems to come to life is when he see's a lobster boat and he starts barking orders to Aaker and has him running around like an idiot waving a white cloth and putting more wood on the fire. But as you watch Helen in her scenes with Lawson she gives off just enough glint in her eye and uses subtle body English to make you think that she's secretly attracted to the bad boy Lawson. He's the total opposite of her husband. Meeker makes the most of his role and is always grinning like the big bad wolf. The script is strictly "B" level but the cast does their best and they do raise the material up a notch.

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