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Dangerous Crossing

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The ship's doctor helps a bride solve the case of her missing husband on a honeymoon cruise.

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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

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

Product Details

  • 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 (57 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0010KHOSU
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #41,043 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Dangerous Crossing" on IMDb

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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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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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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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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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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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"Dangerous Crossing" was not intended to be a great movie, nor is it. But it is a lot of fun and incorporates many of the characteristics of its genre. The acting is good, the plot fun (with a twist), and the ship setting creates a special atmosphere. I recommend this film, and the DVD is of very good quality.
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Having found this gem of a mystery movie, by accident I am thrilled to own it. I watch it frequently. It has a strong educational value. Namely, it emphasizes the value of trust versus infatuation with comparative object of lost affection/love.We know that trust is vital to our well-being, health of our ego.This is what this movie deals with. It is very real and is very well directed. Also an excellent screenplay. Jeanne Crain is so seriously embroidered in a web of her character and plays convincingly. A journey with her through entire movie is also a dress rehearsal of the best kind. She has a beauty that compliments every piece of her attire.
Michael Rennie is a very real discovery for me. But what a discovery it is! He had me riveted to his characters' action packed, at times dangerous too, very challenging for an actor, display of high craftsmanship standard. So the enjoyment is great, truly great and it is giving you new, additional wisdom.I highly recommend it.
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