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The Decks Ran Red (1958)

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

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Andrew L. Stone

Writer:

Andrew L. Stone
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
James Mason ... Capt. Edwin Rummill
Dorothy Dandridge ... Mahia
Broderick Crawford ... Henry Scott
Stuart Whitman ... Leroy Martin
Katharine Bard Katharine Bard ... Joan Rummill
Hanna Hertelendy Hanna Hertelendy ... Doris Belger (as Hanna Landy)
Jack Kruschen ... Alex Cole
John Gallaudet ... 'Bull' Pringle
Barney Phillips ... Karl Pope
David Cross David Cross ... Mace (as David R. Cross)
Hank Patterson ... Mr. Moody
Harry Bartell ... Tom Walsh
Joel Fluellen Joel Fluellen ... Pete
Guy Kingsford 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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Adventure | Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 December 1958 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Infamy at Sea See more »

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Mono

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

There is no music or any score in the movie until the very end. Until then, all the ambience is ship noises. See more »

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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 »

Quotes

Capt. Edwin Rummill: [Narrating; text is also seen on opening title card] There was a ship named the S.S. Berwind. This is the story of that ship... A story which actually happened... A story of the most infamous, diabolically cunning crime in the annals of Maritime history.
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Crazy Credits

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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Full Marks for Shipboard Authenticity, But Somewhat Less for Tension
21 May 2014 | by robertguttmanSee all my reviews

A new captain takes command of his first ship only to find himself confronted with numerous problems. First there is hostility from his Chief Mate, who feels that he has been passed over for command, and from some of the crew who agree. Then there is the inflammatory presence of a woman steward, signed on at the last moment to replace a crew member who jumped ship. Worst of all is a somewhat ludicrous mutiny plot perpetrated by a couple of the engine room crew to murder the entire crew and take over the ship.

Although the plot is supposedly based on a true story the tension fails to the level that it might have done, which is probably attributable to the director rather than the cast. However, give the film full marks for it's shipboard atmosphere, which is certainly highly authentic, thanks to the fact that it was filmed aboard a couple of real merchant ships. The scenes on the bridge of Matson Line's old SS Mariposa are played pretty much as they would have been in real life, as are the subsequent scenes shot on board the freighter, which is almost certainly a Liberty Ship, of which many were still around at the time this film was made. Perhaps the only detail of the freighter that doesn't ring true is the fact that she is riding much higher in the water than she normally would have been because, since the ship was being used as a movie prop, she was obviously carrying no cargo or ballast, and very little fuel.


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