The Decks Ran Red
is a 1958 MGM
sea-going suspense drama based on the book Infamy at Sea
, and directed by Andrew L. Stone
. The film received generally poor reviews, but received wide viewership for Dororthy Dandridge's role. Filming took place in southern California
aboard the Chios
-registered SS IGOR
(originally the SS PHILIP C. SHERA
), a World War II Liberty Ship
owned by the Los and Pezas shipowning families.
Edwin Rumill (James Mason
) is the former first mate of a luxury ocean liner who jumps at the opportunity to take full command of a vessel. Unfortunately, the New Zealand
-harbored SS Berwind isn't exactly the luxury ocean liner he dreamed of commanding -- it is a utilitarian freighter
whose captain has recently died. His crew is also a disappointment, often ill-tempered with their own plans for the ship's fate: two members of the crew, Leroy Martin (Stuart Whitman
) and Henry Scott (Broderick Crawford
) have concoted a scheme to murder the ship's crew and Rumill and sell the ship for salvage to the highest bidder, expecting to earn around a million dollars. Rumill is faced with the task of rallying the ships crew to overtake Martin and Scott, a task made even more difficult because of Mahia (Dorothy Dandridge
) - the cook's wife -- who makes everyone uncomfortable with her overly flirtatious nature.
Featured first interracial kiss between Stuart Whitman and Dorothy Dandridge.