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Solid Suspense with Michael Rennie
Michael Rennie was another fine actor who suffered from typecasting because of a signature role--Klaatu in The Day the Earth Stood Still. He finally gets his turn to shine as a cruise ship physician monitoring a kooky passenger played by Jeanne Crain. Mrs. Bowman (Crain) seems to be missing her newlywed husband who is not listed on the passenger manifest. As her desperate shipboard search for her Groom intensifies, her behavior begins to resemble that of an unbalanced person. No one believes there is a Mr. Bowman because no one has ever met him. Touches of Gaslight here--a madly-in-love Bride being driven slowly mad by her (invisible) husband. There are just enough strange supporting characters to keep things interesting, particularly the creepy limping gentleman passenger with the cane. But it is Rennie's performance that is so refreshing. He's sympathetic, smart, charming, handsome, and heroic in his desire to help Mrs. Bowman either find her husband or accept the fact that he never existed. A solid suspense film with good acting by all. Enjoy Mr. Rennie here.
OOOPS, the maid was in the room.
- mitch f
Great story line, but, there was 1 glaring mistake given when the maid was seen in the room. Also, the horrendous acting by the lead lady Ms. Crain. Worst acting I've ever seen. Rennie's acting was fine. This movie should be re-made with proper direction and an adequate leading lady and it would be a hit.
With Crain and Rennie where can you go wrong
I loved this movie. Just noir enough to keep it mysterious, and light enough to not be too depressing. It's a real spell binder, but you know something is up with the stewardess when she lies. Everybody else was a question mark, but when she lies, you know she's in on it somehow. Hope to see it on the lineup again soon.
Excellent Suspense Film
- Brent Rohde
"Dangerous Crossing" [1953/Fox/b&w] was a low-budget film, but a first-class spellbinder. Scenario in brief: a new bride boards an ocean liner with her husband. The ship sails. He disappears. Why? How? Did he even exist? The bride's hysteria builds...until the mystery is solved. This alarming, but riveting story was conceived by John Dickson Carr, a veteran contributor to CBS Radio's "Suspense." Director Joseph M. Newman's delayed-gratification, "march to the guillotine" pacing; the successful creation of an absolutely suffocating atmosphere of dread; the heart-rending performance of beautiful Jeanne Crain in one of her most challenging roles as the young bride; the sympathetic contributions of Michael Rennie as the ship's doctor: all distinguish "Dangerous Crossing" as a suspenseful film noir of the first order. Recommended without reservation.
This a great movie from beginning to the end. A must see !!! I hope to see it on TCM real soon.