Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB. USA, 1958. Universal International Pictures. Screenplay by Ernest K. Gann, based on his novel. Cinematography by Irving Glassberg. Produced by Gordon Kay. Music by David Raksin. Production Design by Alexander Golitzen, Eric Orbom. Costume Design by Bill Thomas. Film Editing by Tony Martinelli.
Almost completely forgotten sea adventure with Rock Hudson as the captain of a rickety old steamer who sets sail from an Asian port bound for the United States with a group of homesick Americans in tow. One of them is a society lady (Cyd Charisse in a rare non-dancing role) whose shady past is about to surface thanks to a disgruntled shipmate (Arthur Kennedy). Then trouble really strikes when bad weather befalls the voyage and the old ship starts to show signs that it might not hold together long enough to reach its destination. Hudson is warned by both crew and passengers to turn around and go back to where he started, but he in his stubbornness insists that his vessel will pull them through. The romance is intense, but the adventure aspect lies pretty flat, making it an out-to-sea soap opera with no particularly memorable qualities.