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Death Cruise (1974)

Several couples are notified that they have won an ocean cruise, but they actually have been lured onto a ship so that they can be murdered.


Ralph Senensky


Jack B. Sowards


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Complete credited cast:
Richard Long ... Jerry Carter
Polly Bergen ... Sylvia Carter
Edward Albert ... James Radney
Kate Jackson ... Mary Frances Radney
Celeste Holm ... Elizabeth Mason
Tom Bosley ... David Mason
Michael Constantine ... Dr. Burke
Cesare Danova ... Captain Vettori
Amzie Strickland Amzie Strickland ... Lynn
Alain Patrick Alain Patrick ... Barrere
Maurice Sherbanee ... Room Steward
Wesley Gale Wesley Gale ... Hotel Clerk (as West Gale)
Marc De Vries Marc De Vries ... Deck Steward


An ocean cruise is set for murder involving several couples, who believe they've won a trip. Unbeknownst to them they've all been lured on the cruise to be murdered by an unknown person.... It is up to Dr Burke to piece together the clues that connect all these couples together and before more murders occur. Written by 90805 smith

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They've won a free vacation... and they're going to pay for it with their lives... one by one.









Release Date:

30 October 1974 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Crime a Bordo See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Premiered as an ABC "Movie of the Week" but also aired as an installment of the late-night "Wide World of Mystery" series on July 16, 1975. See more »


James Radney: I wonder why it is that I like to watch you put your clothes on, more than I like to watch you take your clothes off.
Mary Frances Radney: It's because you're perverse.
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Kate Is Enough
8 June 2008 | by wes-connorsSee all my reviews

Three married couples set off on a contest winning cruise. They are: Richard Long and Polly Bergen (as Jerry and Sylvia Carter), Edward Albert and Kate Jackson (as Jimmy and Mary Frances Radney), and Tom Bosley and Celeste Holm (as David and Elizabeth Mason). On ship, they discover why nobody can really remember entering the contest; it's a scam. A mysterious group known as "E&M Productions" has lured the six "winners" on board to kill them. As the travelers meet unfortunate ends, Michael Constantine (as Dr. Burke) assumes the role of investigator. Cesare Danova is the ship's captain. All are delightful.

This is an unexpectedly suspenseful Spelling-Goldberg television production, with good performances and direction (Ralph Senensky). And, it's very well paced. As they are being killed off, the three "happy" couples are revealed to be in significantly troubled marriages; this, and a resemblance to ABC-TV's later "The Love Boat" series, gives the movie a heightened eeriness. Jack B. Sowards' script has a few surprises; and, most of the time, it is challenging to guess which passenger to will die next. Unfortunately, part of an ending explanation does not match a prior character motivation; it's not enough to spoil the movie, however.

This was Richard Long's last role, sadly; the former "Big Valley" star died of a heart attack late in 1974. Also, around this time, beautiful young co-stars Kate Jackson and Edward Albert were a real life couple; although, they were "living in sin" (unmarried). The relatively under-appreciated "TV performer" cast makes "Death Cruise" an enjoyable trip.

****** Death Cruise (10/30/74) Ralph Senensky ~ Richard Long, Kate Jackson, Michael Constantine, Edward Albert

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