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Dangerous Crossing


Dangerous Crossing

Dangerous Crossing
File:Dangerous Crossing poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Joseph M. Newman
Produced by Robert Bassler
Screenplay by Leo Townsend
Based on the radio play "Cabin B-13" 
by John Dickson Carr
Starring Jeanne Crain
Michael Rennie
Music by Lionel Newman
Cinematography Joseph LaShelle
Editing by William H. Reynolds
Studio 20th Century Fox
Distributed by 20th Century Fox
Release date(s)
Running time 75 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $500,000

Dangerous Crossing is a 1953 black-and-white film noir mystery film, directed by Joseph M. Newman and starring Jeanne Crain and Michael Rennie, based on the 1943 play Cabin B-13 by John Dickson Carr.[1]


Attractive newlywed Ruth (Stanton) Bowman (Jeanne Crain) joyously starts a honeymoon cruise to Europe with her husband John (Carl Betz), only to have him go missing shortly after they check into their room on board. Compounding her confusion, Ruth finds that she is registered solo under her maiden name in a different cabin and that none of the crew members who could have seen her husband on the ship remember him. These include the ship's purser, (Gayne Whitman), stewardess Anna Quinn (Mary Anderson), and second officer Jim Logan (Max Showalter). When she talks to the captain (Willis Bouchey), he notices that Ruth isn't even wearing a wedding ring, and the crew begins to suggest that she is mentally unbalanced.

That night, John calls Ruth with a cryptic warning not to trust anyone. A divorcee traveling solo (Marjorie Hoshelle) and the stewardess take an interest in Ruth. And Dr. Manning spends time with her, assuming a clinical demeanor and getting her to open up about the recent death of her father, a wealthy steel executive.

Ruth decides to put on an act and agree that she's been foolish, but mysterious things continue to happen. Ruth and Dr. Manning get closer, and a man who walks with a cane seems to stalk her.

Then the stewardess is revealed as conspiring with someone (by phone) to make Ruth seem unstable. Dr. Manning confronts Ruth over the fact that her marriage was either secret or non-existent. She explains that John wanted it to be quick and quiet and talks about an uncle who might scheme to get her inheritance.

John calls again and asks to meet Ruth on deck but runs into the fog when he hears others approach. When Ruth makes a scene after dinner, the captain demands that she be locked in her cabin.

Then John is revealed to be Barlowe, the third mate, under Dr. Manning's care all along for a claimed illness. When he learns Ruth has been locked in, he asks the stewardess to enable her escape. When they meet again, John attempts to throw Ruth overboard (mentioning money as a motive) but is stopped by Dr. Manning, who has followed her. It is John who goes overboard in the fight.

Later, Dr. Manning comforts Ruth, and the captain apologizes and explains that the stewardess confessed.



Critical response

The film critic for The New York Times gave a lukewarm review, writing, "Although it maintains an eerie quality and suspense through the first half of its footage, Dangerous Crossing, which arrived at the Globe yesterday, is only a mildly engrossing adventure ... While sound effects, background music and shipboard sets lend a peculiar fascination to the melodrama, the acting of the cast adds little tautness to the proceedings. As the beleaguered heiress Jeanne Crain is beautiful but not entirely convincing in the role ... Dangerous Crossing, in effect, is intriguing only part of the way. Thereafter, it is a commonplace trip.[2]


External links

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  • TCM Movie Database
  • Rotten Tomatoes
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