The Decks Ran Red

Overview

In this sea-going suspense drama, Edwin Rumill James Mason is the former first mate of an ocean liner who leaps at the chance to have a vessel under his full command. However, the S.S. Berwind is no ship to write home about, a freighter from the mothball fleet whose captain has recently died. The crew is often ill-tempered, and Mahia Dorothy Dandridge, the wife of the ship's cook, doesn't make anyone more comfortable with her flirtatious nature. Rumill learns that the bad attitude of his crew has a sinister ...
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Overview

In this sea-going suspense drama, Edwin Rumill James Mason is the former first mate of an ocean liner who leaps at the chance to have a vessel under his full command. However, the S.S. Berwind is no ship to write home about, a freighter from the mothball fleet whose captain has recently died. The crew is often ill-tempered, and Mahia Dorothy Dandridge, the wife of the ship's cook, doesn't make anyone more comfortable with her flirtatious nature. Rumill learns that the bad attitude of his crew has a sinister undercurrent: two of the hands, Leroy Martin Stuart Whitman and Henry Scott Broderick Crawford, have hatched a scheme to murder Rumill and the rest of the crew, bring in the ship as salvage, and sell it to the highest bidder, expecting to earn close to a million dollars. Rumill must rally support if he and the other men hope to survive.
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
A moderately entertaining "B" movie, The Decks Ran Red boasts some "A" level talent among its cast, starting with star James Mason and including supporting players Broderick Crawford, Stuart Whitman and Dorothy Dandridge. The material doesn't really give these players the chance to shine at their brightest, but they add enough of a glow to get the film through some of its very rough spots. Mason is at his best when the script lets him be the stiff captain whose outward calm belies an inner insecurity; he's less at home when called upon to go into action and save the ship during the climax. Crawford and Whitman don't really stretch themselves very much, but they're quite effectively evil and appropriately menacing. Dandridge looks sultry and stunning and makes quite an impression; it's also worth noting that it was quite unusual that a picture in 1958 included a black woman who was presented as being sexually alluring to white men. Decks features some truly awful dialogue, and there is a general lack of plausibility to the plot, both of which impact negatively on the film. But the physical setting is impressive, and director Andrew Stone and cinematographer Meredith Nicholson make wonderful use of the ship. Virginia Stone's editing is dramatic and precise, and the abandonment of background music in place of "natural" sound effects is a decision that pays off.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/4/2013
  • UPC: 883316797617
  • Original Release: 1958
  • Rating:

  • Source: Warner Archives
  • Presentation: Black & White / Wide Screen
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:24:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 44,148

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
James Mason Capt. Edwin Rumill
Dorothy Dandridge Mahia
Broderick Crawford Henry Scott
Stuart Whitman Leroy Martin
Katherine Bard Joan Rumill
Jack Kruschen Alex Cole
John Gallaudet "Bull" Pringle
Barney Phillips Karl Pope
David Cross Mace
Hank Patterson Mr. Moody
Harry Bartell Tom Walsh
Joel Fluellen Pete
Guy Kingsford Jim Osborne
Jonathan Hole Mr. Adams
Harlan Warde Vic
Joel Marston Russ Henderson
Ed Hinton Mansard
Marshall Kent Sammy
Robert Christopher Seaman
Art Lewis Seaman
Joe Devlin Seaman
Technical Credits
Andrew L. Stone Director, Producer, Screenwriter
Meredith Nicholson Cinematographer
Virginia Stone Editor, Producer
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- The Decks Ran Red
1. Chapter 1 [1:27]
2. Chapter 2 [1:50]
3. Chapter 3 [3:42]
4. Chapter 4 [2:06]
5. Chapter 5 [3:14]
6. Chapter 6 [3:17]
7. Chapter 7 [3:16]
8. Chapter 8 [2:35]
9. Chapter 9 [3:09]
10. Chapter 10 [2:43]
11. Chapter 11 [3:37]
12. Chapter 12 [3:15]
13. Chapter 13 [3:30]
14. Chapter 14 [2:52]
15. Chapter 15 [2:40]
16. Chapter 16 [3:33]
17. Chapter 17 [2:00]
18. Chapter 18 [2:47]
19. Chapter 19 [2:35]
20. Chapter 20 [3:05]
21. Chapter 21 [2:56]
22. Chapter 22 [3:03]
23. Chapter 23 [3:21]
24. Chapter 24 [2:50]
25. Chapter 25 [3:29]
26. Chapter 26 [4:18]
27. Chapter 27 [4:14]
28. Chapter 28 [2:45]
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