Made during Bergman's tax-related exile in Germany, the film continues the story of Katarina and Peter EGermann, the feuding, childless, professional couple who appear in one episode of "... See full summary »
When the nephew and his friend of Phyllis Carter are killed in an automobile crash while under the influence of narcotics, she persuades Police Lieutenant Jim Hahan to use her as an ... See full summary »
Small time racketeer Marc Fury agrees to plead self-defense for a murder committed by gang boss Joe Farrow in exchange for Farrow's I.O.U. for $50,000. He is acquitted but is ordered ... See full summary »
Rip MacCool has learned early in life that "money talks" (and other stuff walks), as does the audience via flashbacks, and when he arrives in San Francisco, he has no qualms about being ... See full summary »
Outlaw Clint Hollister escapes from jail with the help of Marshal Jake Wade, because once Clint did the same for him. Jake left Clint just after, but Clint finds him back and forces Jake to... See full summary »
Struggling artist Geoffrey Carroll meets Sally whilst on holiday in the country. A romance develops but he doesn't tell her he's already married. Suffering from mental illness, Geoffrey ... See full summary »
Set on a fictitious island in the Carribean during colonial British rule, it focuses on the life of a young charismatic and handsome black male with political aspirations. He finds himself ... See full summary »
There is no music or any score in the movie until the very end. Until then, all the ambience is ship noises. See more »
There are several shots showing the ship propeller operating only partially submerged. This would be an extremely inefficient method of propulsion. See more »
Rummill, you're no sailor. You're like the rest of those panty-waists on luxury liners: cocktail parties, watercress sandwiches and drinking tea. That's your racket!
Capt. Edwin Rummill:
Looks like it's going to be your brawn against my brain, doesn't it?
Yeah, it does!
[He lunges at the captain, and a struggle ensues]
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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 »
"The Decks Ran Red" (1958) is available in widescreen on DVD, and it looks quite a lot better than the full screen version that TCM has screened from time to time. I've seen this movie several times. The story could have gotten along without narration, but it doesn't make that much difference. This movie depicts a very brutal and cold-blooded series of murders and actions aboard a cargo ship, the motive being to kill the entire crew and officers and then claim the ship as salvage worth a lot of money. The instigators are the Broderick Crawford and Stuart Whitman characters. Nothing is placed in the story to soften how mercilessly monetary their motives are. Crawford thinks no more about it than squashing an insect. This may make the story a bit hard to take, but not if one places it in perspective of the typical wars of mankind that involve mass killings, frequently for reasons that are either impenetrable or not that different from Crawford's.
James Mason is up to his usual standard, but the dialog is not as good as this story deserved. The filming of the ship and on the ship is excellent. Dorothy Dandridge has a strong supporting role as the wife of cook, Joel Fluellen. She makes the film worth seeing. She has terrific screen presence and sex appeal, and she can act.
This movie is an offbeat noir.
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