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4 out of 5 people found the following review useful:

Good B-Movie!

Author: John Driscoll from London England
28 May 2011

OK, so it's not Taylor/Burton material! But so what? Remarkable as it was only shot in five days! Why do 'Premier' Movies take months........?

I think this is a testament to excellent acting/directing and production skills. There is a good story line, albeit a little predictable.

All in all a very watchable movie. I feel the actors delivered exactly what was required of them. We must remember this was filmed in the late Fifty's and 'Aired' in 1962.

A very different time and place from today! If you get the chance please watch this film.

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3 out of 4 people found the following review useful:

If you take it on its own terms its not a bad way to spend 75 minutes

Author: dbborroughs from Glen Cove, New York
29 January 2009

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Good B movie thriller about a fishing boat that finds a deserted yacht and takes it in. There is no sign of who owns it but the authorities suspect a certain known criminal. The authorities turn the boat over to the fishing boat crew under the laws of salvage but warn them the boats previous owner might want to get it back. Of course he does and what follows is the rest of the movie. Not particularly original this is a very watchable little thriller that follows all of the typical conventions of a story like this. Is it the best film ever to come down the pike, no, but I didn't mind spending the 75 minutes with it that it took to tell the story, which in many cases is all one can ask of a film.

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A plague ship

Author: Michael Ledo from United States
11 October 2017

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Marty (Chris Warfield) and his fishing crew who have a tug boat come across and abandoned yacht with no pedigree. There is a body on board, a victim of the mumps. The authorities suspect it was used for drug smuggling. Rather than impound it, they opt to set up the fishermen by letting them have said boat and charter it out. The bad guy is described as an early Keyser Soze, but didn't make the grade. As expected the bad guys show up...

The film was boring, poorly shot, and not well preserved. Available on multi-packs.

Guide: Made in the 50's.

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Cheap seafaring mystery

Author: Leofwine_draca from United Kingdom
12 September 2016

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DANGEROUS CHARTER is an entirely cheap seafaring thriller filmed on the blue seas around California. It was one of the first pictures distributed by Crown International Pictures and like a lot of their work it's a rather stodgy and disappointing effort with only a few elements of interest to lift it. It doesn't help that the film stock is very poor leaving this a fuzzy-looking viewing experience.

However, it's not all bad and a fast pace means that this is at least a quick watch. The story is about three goofy sailors who discover a ghost ship floating in the ocean. There's a corpse on board but the police have no leads, so they decide to grant the ship to the guys who found it thanks to salvage rights. In reality they're being used as bait to hopefully bring out those who know something about the situation.

The first half of the film ladles on the mystery while the second half becomes something of a hostage thriller. It's all rather inept with a non-acting cast going through the paces, little surprise given that the thing was shot in just five days. Sally Fraser looks great in a bikini but other than her eye candy presence there's little of note to remember about this one.

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1 out of 2 people found the following review useful:

Modest, but enjoyable and effective little B thriller

Author: Woodyanders ( from The Last New Jersey Drive-In on the Left
14 June 2012

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A down on their luck fishing boat crew discover an abandoned yacht on the open sea with $500,000 dollars in heroin hidden on board. Trouble ensues when a gang of no-count criminals show up looking to take the heroin for themselves. Director Robert Gottschalk, working from a compact script by Paul Strait, relates the absorbing story at a steady pace, develops a good deal of tension, makes nice use of the high seas setting, and stages the exciting climax with real skill and flair. The sound acting from the capable non-star cast rates as another substantial asset: Chris Warfield as no-nonsense skipper Marty, Sally Fraser as perky'n'pretty blonde June, Richard Foote as the charming Dick, Chick Chandler as amiable old sea salt Kick, and Wright King as the excitable King. However, Peter Forster clearly cops the top thespic honors with his stand-out smooth portrayal of suave and urbane drug smuggler Monet. The tight 75 minute running time ensures that this film never gets dull or overstays its welcome. The members of the fishing boat crew display an engagingly natural chemistry. Both Meredith M. Nicholson's competent cinematography and Ted Dale's robust'n'rousing score are up to par. A cool flick.

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0 out of 1 people found the following review useful:

Actually not that bad

Author: Wizard-8 from Victoria, BC
25 October 2014

I sat down to watch this movie without knowing all that much about it, though I was expecting the worst. To my surprise, I didn't find the movie to be terrible at all. True, it is not without faults. It's pretty low budget, with the seams (or cameraman shadows) showing at times. Also, the movie is a bit too low key; the bad guys don't come across as a real threat in almost all of their scenes. On the positive side, however, the movie moves at a pretty swift pace; the seventy four or so minute running time seems the right length for this particular story. And the movie does keep you curious as to what plot turns will happen and if the protagonists will be able to escape from harm. While I don't think this is a movie that's worth actively seeking out, I can say with full confidence that I have seen many, many movies that are much worse than this one. If you stumble across this movie, give it a chance.

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1 out of 3 people found the following review useful:

Very decent sea-based thriller

Author: Red-Barracuda from Edinburgh, Scotland, UK
8 June 2015

Three fishermen discover an abandoned yacht in the middle of the ocean; they board it and discover a dead body. The authorities let them keep the boat guessing that the real owner to be a mysterious criminal who they suspect will try to charter it, which of course does happen and needless to say his intentions are no good.

Dangerous Charter was filmed in 1958 but not released until 1962. I am not too sure why this was but guess it found difficulty in getting a distribution deal. This seems a little unfair as this is a well-paced and pretty suspenseful little thriller. Unlike most sea-based movies it actually looks like it was shot on board the vessel. This authenticity does it some favours and the scenes at sea are very nice. The story itself is quite a routine affair but I did find myself involved with it and was actually bothered by what was happening on-screen. On the whole, this is a more than decent little genre piece.

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Author: hamptoncz from Canada
17 May 2006

the worst movie I have ever seen.No wonder it was filmed in five days! The "high speed boat chase" scene did not live up to what it sounded like.

Avoid this film at all costs.

one out of ten. Very poor graphics even for its time. Please heed my warning! This is really a terrible movie with no action or plot or anything else really.

It really does not add up to anything but a waste of time. I thing i've said enough.

Just don't see it.


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