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Directed by Joseph M. Newman
USA 19


As has been noted, director Joseph M. Newman and his technicians generate a mounting tension as the happy Ruth Bowman turns to a terrified bride when her handsome spouse fails to turn up at a shipboard rendezvous; as each happenstance seemingly points to dementia. The cabin they were supposed to occupy is not that cabin at all; the passenger lists her under her maiden name; her husband apparently is nonexistent as are her ticket and passport. Our heroine, in short, seems headed for a straightjacket until the handsome ship's doctor, a paragon among men, takes over to discover—at long last—the reasons for this involved harassment. Seems a few people are after the lady's loot, including a couple of conniving crew members.

Excerpt from the New York Times located HERE.


Theatrical Release: August 1953

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DVD Review: 20th Century Fox - Region 1 - NTSC

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Distribution 20th Century Fox (Fox Film Noir - # 24) - Region 1 - NTSC
Runtime 1:15:33 
Video 1.33:1 Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 9.12 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s 

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.


Audio English (Dolby Digital mono) 
Subtitles English, French, Spanish, None

Release Information:
Studio: 20th Century Fox

Aspect Ratio:
Original Aspect Ratio 1.33:1

Edition Details:

• Commentary by Aubrey Solomon
• Featurette: Peril at Sea: Charting a Dangerous Course (9:23)
• Pressbook (interactive)

• Isolated Score

• Stills gallery
• Original theatrical trailer

DVD Release Date: March 11th, 200
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Aside from a few speckles and some monochromatic noise this black and white transfer from Fox is very good. Detail is about average but contrast is quite good and shadow detail is at the high end. For being over 50 years old it looks great digitally-speaking. The mono audio is clear and consistent and there are optional English, Spanish or French subtitles supporting the dialogue.

Supplements include a nice commentary by Aubrey Solomon - a film historian and author who appears to have a fair amount of TV writing credits. He also did a screen specific commentary for the Joan Collins Set.  He is quite knowledgeable and a pleasure to listen to. There is a featurette: Peril at Sea: Charting a Dangerous Course running close to 10 minutes with a lot about Jeanne Crain with input from many sources including her granddaughter and Eddie Muller. As with some other Fox Noirs there is an interactive pressbook, the score of the film is available to listen to (isolated), a stills gallery and the original theatrical trailer. This is Fox Noir number 24 and like all the others in the series - the price is great and the films are a blessing to Noir fans. 

Gary W. Tooze


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