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The Decks Ran Red (1958)

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A band of dishonest seamen plan a murderous mutiny aboard the S.S. Berwind.

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Capt. Edwin Rummill
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Mahia
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Henry Scott
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Leroy Martin
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Joan Rummill
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Alex Cole
Hanna Landy ...
Doris Belger
John Gallaudet ...
'Bull' Pringle
Barney Phillips ...
Karl Pope
David Cross ...
Mace (as David R. Cross)
Hank Patterson ...
Mr. Moody
Harry Bartell ...
Tom Walsh
Joel Fluellen ...
Pete
Guy Kingsford ...
Jim Osborne
Jonathan Hole ...
Mr. Adams
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A band of dishonest seamen plan a murderous mutiny aboard the S.S. Berwind.

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They murdered her man... and now she was at the mercy of the love-starved crew of the Berwind!

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20 March 1959 (West Germany)  »

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Infamy at Sea  »

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There are several shots showing the ship propeller operating only partially submerged. This would be an extremely inefficient method of propulsion. See more »

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Leroy Martin: [as the two of them drag Mace from his bunk] What're you gonna' do with him?
Henry Scott: We'll throw him off the stern.
Leroy Martin: He'll scream like a stuck pig.
Henry Scott: Nobody'll hear him.
[They proceed to drag Mace, kicking and struggling, back to the stern of the ship, where they toss him into the sea]
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In the opening credits of this black-and-white film, the last word of the title is colored blood red. See more »

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Brisk if uninspired old dark house story set aboard a freighter
13 May 2003 | by (Western New York) – See all my reviews

The Decks Ran Red flaps as the title under which sets sail a tense and focused movie that takes place aboard a freighter. The Berwind sails into port in New Zealand because its captain has mysteriously died. Awarded his first command, James Mason flies in to take over as skipper of the troubled ship. He finds a slovenly and insubordinate crew, and his officers tell him that mutiny may be in the wind.

Since some of the hands have jumped ship, Mason has some holes to fill. The only cook available will sign on only if he can bring his wife, Dorothy Dandridge (as a Maori whose command of the English language encompasses even the future-perfect tense). This sultry native, the only woman on board, doesn't cool down the smouldering unrest, but the arsonist is Broderick Crawford, who fuels the fires in order to advance his own half-baked scheme: To murder all the crew but a few henchmen, making it look like desertion and mutiny, then scuttle the ship and sell it and its cargo as salvage for $1-million.

It's basically an old dark house story taken to the high seas, with murders aplenty and the briny deep to swallow up the corpses. And, despite Mason, Crawford and Dandridge, its production values are not those of The Titanic. Still, it sails brisky along (slackening a bit toward the stretched-out ending) under Andrew Stone's competent if lackluster direction.

Stone and his wife Virginia were Hollywood's answer to the mama-papa candy store: He wrote and directed, she produced and edited. Their long career resulted in many forgettable films and some embarrassments as well (Song of Norway, for one). But there were a few modest successes, too: Highway 301, The Night Holds Terror, Blueprint for Murder. The Decks Ran Red can join them as a decidedly not luxurious but still seaworthy vessel.


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