W: Abby Mann [based on the novel by Katherine Anne
DP: Ernest Laszlo
Ed: Robert C. Jones
Mus: Ernest Gold
PD: Robert Clatworthy
Cos: Bill Thomas & Jean Louis
Vivien Leigh (Mary Treadwell), Simone
Signoret (La Condesa), Jose Ferrer (Rieber), Lee Marvin (Tenny), Oskar Werner (Dr. Schumann), Elizabeth Ashley (Jenny), George Segal (David), Michael
melodramatic soap opera set at sea, where a ship sailing from Mexico to Germany in 1933 has a rich complement of characters, each with their own story, status and prejudices.
There's a few stories which director Stanley Kramer has to
keep afloat, and though the source material would probably work better as a book, this adaptation is probably as good as what could have been made at the time, without the use of clichéd
The ship's company sees a German, a Jew, a coquette heiress,
an expatriate countess, a terminally ill doctor, a racist cowboy, a passionless newlywed couple, a dwarf, a prostitute and a large horde of Cuban peasants, all with their own story which unfolds
during the voyage.
The film tackles a lot of subjects, with just as many
metaphors, the chief one being the rise of fascism in the prelude to the Second World War.