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Dangerous Crossing (1953)

Jeanne Crain , Michael Rennie , Joseph M. Newman  |  NR |  DVD
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  • Actors: Jeanne Crain, Michael Rennie, Max Showalter, Carl Betz, Mary Anderson
  • Directors: Joseph M. Newman
  • Writers: John Dickson Carr, Leo Townsend
  • Producers: Robert Bassler
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Black & White, Closed-captioned, Full Screen, Subtitled, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 1.0)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: 20th Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: March 11, 2008
  • Run Time: 75 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0010KHOSU
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #78,878 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Dangerous Crossing" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Commentary by film historian Aubrey Solomon
  • Peril at Sea: Charting a Dangerous Crossing featurette
  • Interactive pressbook
  • Still galleries
  • Isolated score track
  • Original theatrical trailer

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Jeanne Crain, Michael Rennie. Embarking on a luxury oceanliner for a romantic honeymoon, a young bride becomes frantically distraught when a few days into the cruise, her new husband disappears without a trace. 1953/b&w/75 min/NR/fullscreen.

A relaxing cruise turns into a terrifying journey in Joseph M. Newman's Dangerous Crossing. Part of the Fox Film Noir series, Newman's classy B-movie plays more like a psychological thriller with some particularly atmospheric visuals (heavy on the studio-generated fog). As her honeymoon begins, newlywed Ruth Bowman (Jeanne Craine, Pinky) explores the ship while husband John (Carl Betz, The Donna Reed Show) runs an errand. On deck, a friendly divorcée warns Ruth, "You mustn't let him out of your sight--husbands can get lost so easily." (The familiar-looking sets were recycled from 1953's Titanic and Gentlemen Prefer Blondes.) Hours later, John hasn't returned, and no one has seen him. Ruth’s inquiries uncover an empty room, a missing passport, and her spouse’s absence from the passenger list. All signs point to delusion. Ruth's plight brings her to the attention of Dr. Paul Manning (the elegant Michael Rennie, The Day the Earth Stood Still), who offers to help in any way he can. Though Ruth confesses to a brief bout with depression, there’s nothing else in her background to indicate instability, but that disclosure leads Manning to the real cause of her distress. Based on John Dickson Carr's 1943 radio play Cabin B-13 and shot in 19 days, Newman (This Island Earth) conjures up as much intrigue as Alfred Hitchcock's The Lady Vanishes. The excellent extras include comprehensive commentary from Fox historian Aubrey Solomon, a short featurette (Peril at Sea: Charting a Dangerous Crossing), several stills galleries, and the original theatrical trailer. --Kathleen C. Fennessy

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42 of 49 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fine Fare from Fox Film Noir! January 11, 2008
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This highly suspenseful film featuring the exquisitely beautiful Jeanne Crain finally makes it to DVD. Also starring Michael Rennie, Carl Betz (Donna Reed show) and a host of recognizable character actors provide us with a more than convincing edge of your seat thriller. This short (75 minutes long) film is packed with Hitchcockian touches making for a fine addition to any one's Mystery/Suspense collection!

UPDATE 03.18.08

This release is beautifully restored with excellent gray-scale resolution.
Bonus features abound including:
*Audio Commentary by Film Historian Aubrey Soloman
*Peril at Sea: Charting A Dangerous Crossing (Featurette)
*Interactive Passbook - Still Galleries
*Original Theatrical Trailer
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25 of 31 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A Solid Entry in the Fox Film Noir Series March 16, 2008
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As I write this review, there have been two reviews of this film posted here, each of which gave it five stars. I enjoyed the movie, but I have to say that five stars is a little over-exuberant for this particular movie. I would reserve that sort of rating for a Casablanca, The Lady Vanishes, Duck Soup, and quite a few others, but I don't think those who made this movie intended it to be an undying work of cinema art, and so I'm giving it three stars, recognizing it as a solid, workmanlike product churned out by the studio system in (as the special features on the DVD point out several times), just nineteen days of shooting.

Let me be a little more specific. I'm going to limit what I say to a certain extent, because this is a film based on a story by John Dickson Carr, the master of "locked room" mysteries, and a large part of the film's dramatic energy stems from the fact that the story starts out with one of those seemingly impossible situations -- the young, starry-eyed bride boards the ocean liner with her wonderful new husband, only to have him disappear within minutes after boarding, and to have no one else on board the ship acknowledge that he ever existed. (Similar in some ways to The Lady Vanishes, mentioned above as a five-star effort of this sort by Mr. Hitchcock.)

Anyway, I am honor-bound not to write any spoilers, and I won't. What I will say is that the film is very well made. The special features point out that this movie used sets left over from the "Titanic" film of that era, so the quality of the shipboard scenes is quite good from a technical point of view. The acting and direction are fine, and the movie is very short and to the point.
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17 of 21 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Take a Cruise with Jeanne Crain March 20, 2008
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This is a fun little film that keeps building in suspense until the final payoff. The cast is competent and attractive and the production is pretty much first-rate. The mini feature about the making of Dangerous Crossing is interesting, as it explains how movie production in the old studio days was incredibly fast. To think this movie was filmed in 19 days, with the polished look of an A-picture, even though it was filmed with a B-picture budget. Sets from Gentleman Prefer Blondes and Titanic were reused making the film seem more prestigious than it really was. An important film for Jeanne Crain (who looks beautiful) fans, Dangerous Crossing won't disappoint.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent suspense May 31, 2008
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This is an outstanding movie, a little gem. Filled with suspense and interest. A newly married woman boards a cruise ship with her husband and he immediately disappears. The ship's officials think she is delusional. Worth watching.
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14 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Gotcha! Dangerous Underestimation (recommended) April 12, 2008
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A ship crossing mystery is not a new plot so I didn't expect much. Quickly enveloped by a paranoia of everyone, I was mislead to believe my advice shouted to the beautiful heroine, Ruth Stanton Bowman (Jeanne Crain), was correct. Needless to say the plot of a husband that carries his bride across a stateroom threshold and into emotional terror was absorbing - drawing the viewer onboard the vessel as an unworthy confidant. With Hitchockian style, the seemingly predictable nature of the film was just the opposite, even though significant clues were clearly presented from the very beginning.

Jeanne Crain is an accomplished actress, having starred in PINKY (1949), A LETTER TO THREE WIVES (1949), and LEAVE HER TO HEAVEN (1945). Her talent comes to life when considering that filming of this thriller was completed in just 19 days (as noted on the excellent DVD extra "Peril at Sea: Charting a Dangerous Crossing"). Bon voyage for surprised boarders of DANGEROUS CROSSING - a precursor to the similarly themed movie FLIGHTPLAN. Bravo!

Movie quote: "I do think you're confused Mrs. Bowman. This is your cabin. B16 has not been occupied."
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Dangerous Crossing July 3, 2008
Dangerous Crossing is a little known and short Film Noir and carries itself well. The acting abilities of it's featured artists Jeanne Crain and Michael Rennie are believable and the actors who pull together to make sure Miss Crain's character seems to be going out of her mind do a superb job. Note the stewardess' who is helping her lover(the husband of Miss Crain), it is Kathryn Grant (future wife to Bing Crosby - 1957). It's well worth the viewing.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 2 months ago by bidibule
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Published 2 months ago by John J. Wedrall
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Film
This is an excellent Hitchcock-like film-mystery that is superbly acted by Jeanne Crain and Michael Rennie. I highly recommend it.
Published 4 months ago by sunburst4000atYaWho
5.0 out of 5 stars Spellbinding
A wonderful old movie full of beautiful characters with sinister goals. Elegant settings as the backdrop to
a spellbinding plot.
Published 5 months ago by M. Fet
5.0 out of 5 stars This is a great movie!
If you love noir, or movies with a lot of fog, or ones that take place on a ship, this is it. I had never seen it before last year and it is wonderful, the music, the constant fog... Read more
Published 7 months ago by LC
4.0 out of 5 stars Loved Seeing this Film Again as An Adult!
I was browsing through the sale dvd's at Amazon and noted this one, that I remembered watching with my mom many, many years ago, when I was a kid. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Geraldine
5.0 out of 5 stars Keeps Moving
I watched this last night and thoroughly enjoyed it. I never suspected the ending. I am a harsh critic of movies. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Plug
3.0 out of 5 stars Watch Out For Whirlwind Romances
Out In The 1950s Film Noir Night- Jeanne Crain's Dangerous Crossing

You really should be wary of whirlwind romances, quick romances that end in marriage, and maybe... Read more
Published 12 months ago by Alfred Johnson
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Michael Rennie movie!
I have been a fan of Michael Rennie movies since I was 10 (am 65 now). This mystery movie keeps you on the edge of your seat until the end. Read more
Published 12 months ago by taurusgirl
4.0 out of 5 stars Hitchcock style "damsel in distress" thriller.
A great way to spend the evening. This is Jeanne Crain's movie all the way, and it is hard not to get wrapped up in her plight. Read more
Published 12 months ago by B. Paddock
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