The Decks Ran Red

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The Decks Ran Red
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Andrew L. Stone
Produced by Andrew L. Stone
Virginia L. Stone
Written by Andrew L. Stone
Starring James Mason
Dorothy Dandridge
Broderick Crawford
Stuart Whitman
Cinematography Meredith M. Nicholson
Edited by Virginia L. Stone
Distributed by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Release dates
  • October 10, 1958 (1958-10-10) (U.S.)
Running time 84 min.
Country United States
Language English
Budget $593,000[1]
Box office $800,000[1]

The Decks Ran Red (also called Infamy) is a 1958 M-G-M seagoing suspense drama based on the book Infamy at Sea, and directed by Andrew L. Stone. The feature starred James Mason, Dorothy Dandridge, Broderick Crawford, and Stuart Whitman.

The film received generally poor reviews, but received wide viewership for Dorothy Dandridge's role. Filming took place in southern California aboard the Chios, Greece-registered SS Igor (originally the 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 ship's crew to overcome 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.

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According to MGM records the film earned $365,000 in the US and Canada and $435,000 elsewhere resulting in a loss of $273,000.[1]


  1. ^ a b c The Eddie Mannix Ledger, Los Angeles: Margaret Herrick Library, Center for Motion Picture Study .

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