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Dangerous Crossing (1953)

Approved | | Drama, Film-Noir, Mystery | 7 August 1953 (USA)
When a beautiful bride boards an ocean liner with her new husband, he goes into hiding, and she becomes the target of a murder conspiracy.


Joseph M. Newman


Leo Townsend (screenplay), John Dickson Carr (radio play "Cabin B-13")


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Complete credited cast:
Jeanne Crain ... Ruth Stanton Bowman
Michael Rennie ... Dr. Paul Manning
Max Showalter ... Jim Logan (as Casey Adams)
Carl Betz ... John Bowman
Mary Anderson ... Anna Quinn
Marjorie Hoshelle Marjorie Hoshelle ... Kay Prentiss
Willis Bouchey ... Captain Peters
Yvonne Peattie Yvonne Peattie ... Miss Bridges


A young bride is set to begin her honeymoon aboard a luxury liner. Her happiness does not last when she finds that her husband has disappeared. Trouble is, no one else ever saw him board the ship with her and his name has mysteriously dropped from the passenger list. Written by Daniel Bubbeo <dbubbeo@cmp.com>

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Why would a man do a thing like this to his wife?


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English | German

Release Date:

7 August 1953 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Ship Story See more »


Box Office


$500,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


This story was originally done on the CBS radio series "Suspense" as "Cabin B-13" on March 16, 1943, starring Ralph Bellamy. It was so popular that the story was repeated on November 9, 1943 with a different cast, including Margo as the wife, Philip Dorn as the doctor, William Johnstone as the husband and Dennis Hoey as the ship's Captain. CBS later used the title "Cabin B-13" for a 1948 radio anthology series written by John Dickson Carr, the author of the original "Suspense" radio play. CBS presented the story once again on the TV version of 'Suspense" on March 29, 1949 with Charles Korvin & Eleanor Lynn. 1958 brought yet another version to TV as an episode of the 'Climax!" series that aired June 26th. It also turned up on the Canadian Broadcasting Corp (CBC) series "The Unforeseen" on April 22, 1959. The cable network USA aired a remake, titled "Treacherous Crossing," starring Lindsay Wagner, on April 8, 1992. See more »


In the beginning, John opens the door to the cabin and then picks up Ruth to carry her over the threshold, then the point of view changes to the inside of the cabin and John opens the door once again. See more »


Ruth Stanton Bowman: Hello?
John Bowman: Ruth? This is John.
Ruth Stanton Bowman: Oh, John! Oh, my darling, where are you? What happened? I've been frantic!
John Bowman: I can't tell you. I'm hiding. I can't let them find me.
Ruth Stanton Bowman: Oh John, I can't hear you. Are you alright?
John Bowman: We're in terrible danger, Ruth. I'll tell you more when I can. All I can say now is, don't trust anyone. Not anyone.
Ruth Stanton Bowman: John, can't I see you?
John Bowman: No, not now. We're being watched, both of us. I must see you, but not now. I'll call you tomorrow night, at 10.
Ruth Stanton Bowman: No John, John, oh no, answer me darling! Oh ...
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Referenced in Monkeybone (2001) See more »


Give Me the Simple Life
Music by Rube Bloom
Played when Ruth hurries through the restaurant
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Decent B thriller
18 April 2008 | by Prof-Hieronymos-GrostSee all my reviews

After a whirlwind romance of only four weeks Ruth Stanton has married her dream man John Bowman and is about to set sail on a luxury liner for her honeymoon. Once aboard her husband promptly disappears after a visit to the purser's office. Ruth is distraught, only trouble is nobody has seen her husband, she has no id or ticket for the cruise and those aboard believe she is quite mad. She is befriended by the ships doctor Paul Manning, who is also unsure as to her state of mind, but he sets out to help her find her man. Ruth gets a telephone call from her missing man who tells her to trust no one and that they are both in danger from unknown sources, is he real or is she mad? Dangerous Crossing is one of the latest releases in the Fox Noir series, with b movie specialist Newman at the helm it's a pacey 76 mins and although its not, it plays much more like an espionage film, where nobody can be trusted aboard the fog bound liner. Jeanne Crain overacts a little as her character becomes ever more demented but in true Hollywood fashion its nothing that a classic slap in the face doesn't cure. If you're observant you will spot the clues as to the husbands disappearance early on, but I still found it a pleasant way to pass an afternoon.

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